Most photographers who make it are perfectionists. They will do almost anything in pursuit of their picture. Some would go through you for a shortcut, or gruffly tell you where to go.
David Sleator – who was laid to rest today – was at the top of his game. He was a brilliant photographer, as well as a truly gentle character. Here in DHR Communications, we have had the pleasure of working with him on a number of occasions over the years and he always treated everyone with the utmost courtesy.
At press events, you’d hardly know that David was snapping away. He was always in the background, taking shots unobtrusively. Occasionally, he might whisper in your ear that – in order to get the best shot – he’ll come back in 15 minutes when the light would be perfect, or when the mayhem has dissipated. If David turned up, you could almost be guaranteed his photo would appear in The Irish Times.
He was a gentle giant who will be missed in the media world, and of course by his family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
– Catherine Heaney, DHR Communications