Ryan Tubridy has posed for a new photograph for schoolgirl Sarah Ryan to sketch — after the photographer responsible for the picture on which Sarah’s original drawing was based objected to her use of the image.
Sarah, 16, from Wexford, was thrust into the media spotlight this week when Tubridy called her live on his 2FM show to praise her pencil work of him.
The drawing — one of a number the talented teenager has done of famous people over the past year — also drew the attention of Frank O’Dea, who offered to showcase Sarah’s work in his gallery in the Westbury Mall in Dublin.
But the photographer who snapped the original portrait of Tubridy has asked that Sarah’s rendering of it not be included in any exhibition.
Margaret and Barry Moore run Photogenic Photographers in Dalkey in south Dublin, and Margaret claimed the image was her intellectual property. In a blogpost on the Photogenic Dalkey Wordpress page on Wednesday evening, Ms Moore said she admired Sarah, who has entered her sketch into the National Student Enterprise Awards, and wrote: “I know she will be an incredible artist in her own right in the near future.”
But, she said: “Taking that image, that drawing and making it the basis for a mini-company or any company or commercial enterprise, is unfair to that student and unfair to all of the other artists and photo-graphers whose talent created the images in the first place.” She added: “It is my portrait.”
Speaking yesterday, Ms Moore said: “I feel bad within myself that this is a situation which has arisen, but it’s also very difficult as a creative person to see [the picture] replicated everywhere with no credit given.”
Ms Moore confirmed she is a local judge in the same National Student Enterprise Awards, and that her own daughter, in a different school, had also entered a business project. She said she had great respect for Sarah and her ability and had offered the teenager the chance to come to her studio to learn about image composition, photography, and lighting.
On 2FM yesterday, Tubridy referred to Sarah’s original “extraordinary drawing” and praised her and her family, while also giving credit to Margaret for the original image.
He has posed for a new picture, taken by Jenny McCarthy, which has been provided to Sarah with permission so she can render it. The new drawing will go in the window of the showcase in Westbury Mall.
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