Ireland, Landscapes, Photography

Landscapes: The Burrow, Kilmore Quay

Final Project: Landscapes.

I took a walk along a local nature reserve: The Burrow. It is a great place to go for a walk or run, and get away from the stress of modern life. To spend time in close contact with nature is always refreshing.

My main reason was to just get out and take some photos as part of initial experimentation on the final project. Perhaps the project will deal with issues of land and ownership. Property and land ownership is a big issue in Ireland, and I wonder is there anywhere in the world where land ownership is not an issue?

Maybe the project will deal with issues of ownership, use of land, and who gets to use the land. Its not quite the direction I initially had in mind for the project, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see where it leads you.

Ideally I would like to do this project with a 6×7 or 6×9 medium format film camera. the images below were taken with a Leica M6 and some expired Fujicolor 200 film I picked up in a car boot sale for next to nothing. I do like how Fujicolor film brings out the greens.

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art, Ireland, Photography

Irish Landscape Paintings and Painters

Cows in Field, Walter Frederick Osborne

As part of my research into representations of the Irish landscape I have been looking at Irish Landscape painters and paintings. The local library is understocked on the subject, and while the internet is a great source of information, I prefer to read about subjects in depth from a book – I just cant read more than a thousand words on a computer screen before my eyes and mind glaze over, or I am distracted by some flashing banner or link.

Luckily, my sister and her boyfriend have an extensive library of art: Both of them are artists. Irish Art, by Bruce Arnold, has a good introductory section to landscape art, and it is from this section that I discovered the art and artists featured below. (though not all are included in the section).

Most of these paintings are from the late 19th Century, a very different Ireland. So distant, yet still so close. This list by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it chronological. I will be updating in the near future with more paintings and painters from more recent times.

Connemara Landscape, Walter Frederick Osborne

Turn Of The Road, Paul Henry

Low Tide, Paul Henry

Pastures Malahide, Nathaniel Hone

Dun Aengus Fort, George Petrie

The Poachers, James Arthur O’ Connor

The Mill Ballinrobe, James Arthur O’ Connor

An Old Mill, James Arthur O’ Connor

A View Of Irishtown From Sandymount, James Arthur O’ Connor

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food photography, Photography

Food Glorious Food

Food photography is not an area I ever considered exploring, however, when my lovely wife set up an artisan baking business it made sense for me to develop some food photography skills to help her promote the business.

I am still pretty much a food photography beginner, Ideally I would like to get a macro lens to get even better results, but for now I can tell you most of these photos were taken with a Canon 5D and a 50mm f/1.4 lens. I usually try and take the photos in natural light – close to a window when possible – with whoever is close at hand getting the job of holding some kind of reflector to fill in the shadows. It also helps to take the photos as soon as the food is  ready.

Most of the credit, however, must go to Hanna’s wonderful creations, that look amazing and taste wonderful.

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Photography, photojournalism, Uncategorized

Flight Of The Swallow

Summer is nearly upon us – although here in Ireland it currently feels more like November.

It must be nearly a month ago when I spotted the arrival of the Swallows. They never fail to stop me in my tracks. To watch them flit and speed through the air is pure delight, their distinct chirping chatter heralding the coming of Summer.

Two years ago I attempted to capture some of their energy on film. Its only when one tries to photograph a Swallow with a manual focus film camera that one realises just how incredibly fast they move. I felt slow and clumsy as the little bundles of pure energy danced and darted around me, making me dizzy.

Some recurring themes in my photography are identity, space, and time, and I think these photos explore something of the transience of the seasons, light, and indeed, our own lives.ImageImageImageImage

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