Ireland, Leica, Photography, Weddings

Wedding Photography: Orla & Paul’s Wedding

Firstly, apologies to subscribers/followers for my lack of posts lately. I have been busy completing my MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography. Now that it is almost complete, I have a few minutes to update the blog.

My sister recently got married. She asked me a few months back would I be interested in photographing the wedding, and I politely declined as I knew it was very close to the final submission dates for my MA, also I just wanted to relax and enjoy the event. They got really lucky with the weather – clear skies and no wind, everyone looked great, and it was a very memorable day. Congratulations Orla and Paul.

I did bring my camera on the day, and took a few photos….

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If you are getting married in the near future, and are looking for a professional wedding photographer in South East Ireland / County Wexford drop me a line….

 

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art, Ireland, Photography, photojournalism

Living Art Project

Wexford Arts Centre recently commissioned me to photograph a workshop as part of the Living Art Project. The class was run by Orla Bates, and took place at St. Ann’s NS, Rathgarogue, New Ross.

Orla is very good with the children, and they were all enthusiastic, creating some great work. SB_LA_20140129_0131_web

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Photography, photojournalism, travel, Uncategorized

Christmas, Scandinavian Style: part 1

Arlanda airport, Stockholm, Sweden.

Arlanda airport, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Delays expected.

I realise this post is coming a few months late. Better late then never, right?

I love traveling and experiencing new and different cultures, and Scandinavia is no exception. I hadn’t been to Finland – home of my lovely wife – for over two years. I hadn’t been outside of Ireland for over two years, so I was pretty excited to be heading off for two weeks to experience Christmas Scandinavian style.

Our journey would take us from Dublin to Helsinki, from there we would take the night train 700km north to Kemi and across the border to visit Hanna’s dad in Haparanda, Sweden.

Exiting Helsinki terminal the cold hit me like a block of ice. I fumbled round in my rucksack for a thick woolly hat, and then thrust my aching hands deep in to my pockets. The decision to purchase winter boots and a winter coat after we arrived at our destination now seemed foolish.

At Helsinki Central station we bought some greasy chips, hotdogs, shared a beer, and waited until our train was ready to board.

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Night train from Helsinki to Kemi, Finland.

Twelve hours and a restless sleep later, we arrived at Kemi – northern Finland. The thermometer at Kemi train station read -28C. Luckily, Hanna’s Dad was waiting for us and had the inside of the Volvo nice and warm.

First port of call – after dumping luggage at the house – was the shops to get myself some proper winter clothing. Ankle-less socks and trail runners just don’t cut it in these conditions. Luckily, christmas sales were in full swing and (many) bargains were purchased.

Upon returning to the house we took some coffee (one of many obligatory daily cups), spent the best part of 15mins putting on our winter gear – long johns, woolly socks, thermal baselayer, t-shirt, heavy sweater, proper winter coat, insulated ski-pants, scarves, hats, gloves, etc, etc – and finally went out for a walk in the crisp winter wonderland.

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Hanna-Mari, Haparanda, Sweden. -26 degrees C

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I thought it was funny!

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Home sweet (temporary) home.

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Tools for work and play.

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Haparanda, Sweden.

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Joulupukki, also known as Santa Claus.

More photos to come in a follow up post. Thanks for looking.

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A Lasting Toll: Short Film by Katie Falkenberg

Katie Falkenberg’s, A Lasting Toll is a well made, effective, short multimedia piece that explores the lives of three american families struggling to come to terms with the recession.

 

 

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Bill Ray & the Hell’s Angels

Anyone interested in counter culture and life on the fringes of society should read Hunter S. Thompson’s Hells Angels. Thompson’s book was the result of a year of living close quarters with the hair-raising motorcycle gang.

LIFE Photographer Bill Ray also spent some time with the Hell’s Angels and you can see some of his great photos here.

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Photo of The Day #1

Sometimes I don’t have anything to say about photos and photography. I just wonder about all of the photos out there and what people do with them. The photo below, for example, has been sitting somewhere in my hard-drive for the past two years. I was always aware that it was there but just didn’t know what to do with it. I still don’t know. Maybe over time, it will become part of a bigger collection of my photos from Finland, or a totally different project. It can take on meaning by becoming an integral part of something bigger. But for now, I’ll just show it to you as a single image, and leave it open to interpretation.

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Bannow Rathangan Agricultural show 2011

The 2011 Bannow/Rathangan Agricultural show was my backup plan for the Photojournalism photoessay. I was approaching it from a Martin Parr type perspective.

It’s a fantastic setting and great day out. One needs to be quite focused on approach, there is so much going on, distractions everywhere.

Tip: Don’t go on a photo-shoot with friends unless they too are photographers. Its just too distracting. You will enjoy yourself more, but may end up with slightly less images than required.

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