Photography, photojournalism

day out in Dublin

I was in Dublin today: First I was in Fire.ie getting some large size (70cmx70cm) prints made for RHA submissions. I learned something new regarding scans: Last year i scanned a 120 negative with an older model epson 4490, and this year I recently had the same negative scanned with a top of the range drum scanner. Surprise, surprise, the epson scan was slightly sharper – even with the crappy neg holders. No more expensive drum scans for me then. I have my eyes on a Nikon Coolscan 8000/9000 or an Epson V700.

Next up was a visit to the Gallery of Photography to see the Steve McCurry, World of Colour exhibition. I was amazed just how large one can print a 35mm negative while still retaining sharpness. Some of the prints were probably up to 1.5m wide, and were still pin sharp at close viewing distances.┬áIm assuming most of the photos were taken on slide film – probably Kodachrome. Overall, a great exhibition of world cultures by one of the best known photojournalists.

After this I made my way up to Annes Lane to the Kerlin Gallery to see Paul Seawright’s Volunteer exhibition. The Kerlin Gallery is neatly tucked away in a quiet street in the heart of Dublin, and I was only made aware of it following a publication in last weeks Irish Times weekend supplement.

Seawright’s Volunteer series is a photographic survey of post 911 North American landscapes. large format prints aproximately 125cm, loads of crisp detail and for the most part muted colours. A very interesting set of images. my only complaint is – and this applies to other photography exhibitions too – when the images are set behind glass, it makes it really hard to stand back and study the picture without being distracted by the background. Incidentally Seawright has a free book download which makes for interesting viewing and reading:

http://www.paulseawright.info/books.html

Enjoy.

Simon

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