Thanks to everyone who stopped to chat at the Irish Anaphylaxis Campaign Fundraiser on Friday night.
As one of the two men in the audience, much of what she was saying wasn’t really directed at me. She is a great speaker. Two full hours of passion and energy about the very fundamentals of good, natural living and positive self image. More power to her.
And from a professional perspective, I fully support what Claire is trying to do with encouraging women (in particular but people in general) to have a more positive self image: to make the best of what they have but also to accept that what they were given is pretty fantastic whatever shape it is.
If more people took this on, it would certainly make my job easier.
It was great for me to talk to so many people on the stand on Friday. I received a very positive reaction to the work on display and I think many people now see that there is an alternative to traditional studio family portraits – and one that provides a much more natural, personal look to the pictures.
I have extended the IAC fundraiser for the rest of this week. If you contact me to book a Session or a Gift Voucher before 7th February and mention that you saw me at the Irish Anaphylaxis Campaign fundraiser, I will donate 10% of the price of what you purchase to the IAC.
The Irish Anaphylaxis Campaign are holding a ‘Woman Wellbeing and Wardrobe evening’ this Friday, 29th January at the Radison Little Island, starting at 8pm. The charity supports families living with life threatening allergies. Tickets are €10.
I’ll have a stand there and I’m also doing their publicity photos so if you’re attending, please come over and say ‘Hi’.
I will have family session vouchers available at the stand and as part of the fundraiser I’ll be donating 10% of all sales on the night to the IAC.
I’m still catching up from an extended weekend trip to London for the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) Convention. It is a big do: Trade Fair; hours and hours of seminars and classes; even a black tie awards night. 1000’s of photographers from across Europe attended.
Careful choice and self-control allowed me to get some really useful stuff without being totally overwhelmed. When my head did start to get full I headed to Hammersmith tube to re-acquaint myself with London.
It’s hard to believe that it has been over 10 years since I did anything more than travel through London. A lot has changed for me (and London) since then and I took the opportunity to get away from talk of cameras, lighting and endless wedding albums to actually see some inspirational pictures.
On the list were: the National Portrait Gallery (including two temporary exhibitions of photographic portraits), a Norman Parkinson exhibition at Somerset House, the Courtauld Gallery and the Photographer’s Gallery. Some great pictures there – lots to think about.
Now the Photographer’s Gallery was an old favourite when we lived near London (although it has moved since). Often the exhibitions were far too Arty for me and again this was the case. It always had a good coffee shop and a great book shop and that hasn’t changed either.
It was there I found the Mini Diana. I have been aware of the whole Lomography / Holga cult thing for a while. Basically it seems to be a reaction to the uber-technical side of photography: the multi-mega-pixel, lens envying hell that it can be at times. Take a cheap, crappy, 95% plastic camera and have some fun. Be creative. Take some photographs.
My original interest was in the 120, Medium Format versions – an easy way to start using big negs. But it seems hard to get 120 processed and impossible to get it scanned these days so I settled for the Mini: a square or half frame image on 35mm film; two settings; crude manual focus; plastic 24mm lens.
Maybe in my small part I was reacting to being in High-Tech Heaven for four days. I do like the technical aspect of photography but I guess the engineer in me always seeks an application for good technology. Too much technology without any discussion about what it can do for me gets on my nerves.
So I bought the Mini Diana, a roll of film and set off on a beautiful winter’s afternoon to walk from Oxford Street to Embankment (via Picadilly and St James Park) to give it a spin.
I had so much fun. And after I found it was originally set in ‘Night’ mode I even got some usable pictures out of it.
So lots to think about from the SWPP: Marketing Plans write, technique to hone and gadgets to play with. But I also need to buy another film for the Mini Diana.
After watching all the snow in the East over the weekend we finally got ours yesterday. We had loads of fun all afternoon with friends and neighbours out the back of the house. The boys had to be dragged in when it was getting dark!
It is all still here today and no more is forecast but this is more snow in Cork than anyone can remember. I know I should probably be out there shooting landscapes but snowmen are way more fun. I did do a few ‘Andy Goldsworthys’ which I’ll put together and post up here soon.
I know, I should be getting down to some work. But when this appears out your window you’re bound to be distracted.
I originally was going to shoot just a section of the sky for the files (in case I ever need to ‘insert’ a sky into a under-dramatic photo) but the whole thing opened up into something quite wonderful in its own right. It is still stunning now the sun has sunk further and the lights on the hill have come up.
It may be cold, but the frosted landscape, low sun and clear blue skies have made things pretty magical these last few days.
Happy New Year.
For the record, I shot this hanging the camera out of the window using LiveView to get over the telephone wire. I took four separate shots with the 50mm and stitched them to make a single panorama.