Monday, 22 March 2010


my leaving dublin project has started and I am delighted that I was joined Again by
brian,Artur,and Don,Iate one night last week to kick this one off.
I was even more delighted to be joined by Anastasia Herbert who had this to say.

"I came to Dublin in August 2003, in the boom years for the arts; I'm leaving now for London. Here, in Ireland I've had the great opportunity of working freelance with premier national and city cultural institutions on arts festivals and exhibitions, and on regional arts education and community dialogue projects, too. I will look back on these 6 and half years in Dublin as formative to my career and will miss the wonderful, talented people I've come to know in this busy capital city."

Anastasia was photographed by the backdrop of her choice,the Beckett bridge,from Sir John Rogersons Quay.
The project continues to gather pace with shots planned for tomorrow evening(march 23rd)
and april 17.For those of you out there who are new to my blog this is an art project with no intention other than to imortalise what is being lost to our country,and I am looking for people who would like to participate in making a statement about their imminent departure.
We lit this shot using a bowens esperit head powered by a bowens travelpack
and we carried the light all the way to the stackhouse behind Anastasia's head using the amazing pocket wizard radio tranciever
If you are leaving dublin and would like to join me on this project please mail me at
for the full image please click on the picture above
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Sunday, 14 March 2010

Revelation ii

In a previous posting I discussed the Idea of getting inside a photographers head and listening to what they had to say about their work.
what they say is not always what you expect. Because, what you bring to their work when viewing is always going to be different to what they brought to the place in time when they made the work.
A better understanding of any art is to be gleaned directly from the artists own statements!!
so here is a couple of video clips relating to Nadev Cander a fine photographer whose work has universal appeal and a wide variety of styles.
one is in the form of a music video,it covers the diversity of the artists work.
and the other concentrates on one piece of work and takes the form of an interview. Here is where we learn what makes the artist tick!!

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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Attention to detail

It is interesting how small details can add so much or take away from the success of a shot.
Here is an example of such.
Click on the image at the head of this article for a closer look.
Here you can see how i forgot to move the fridge full of film from under the desk before taking this beautifully composed and Animated shot of the tenacious Gráinne.
Here is an interesting quoteI came across in the book ANNIE LEIBOVITZ AT WORK and its this"Arnold Newman said that photography was one percent talent and ninety nine percent moving furniture"
Now I see the wisdom of this quote.
The image was shot on a h3d mk11 50
and processed using nik softwares bleach bypass filter set to about 30% opacity on a photoshop layer.
Alienskin bokeh filter was used to give the shallow focus.
For a gallery of effective small details please click here

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