It’s been pretty hectic here trying to get everything back to all the families who I was with for Communions ahead of our holidays next week.  I want to post more images but hopefully I’ll get time to put some up soon.

In the meantime, on the holiday theme, I came across this small slice of fun: what a couple of photographers / videographers do when they’re stuck in an airport overnight.

The full post has more info about these guys (including a Q&A).

I hope this doesn’t happen to too many people over the summer (especially our Aussie visitors – watch out for that Ash guys!)

NASA and Me

There’s lots of interesting media stuff out there about the NASA’s Shuttle Programme as it draws to a close.  Interestingly enough they’ve only just got an image of the Shuttle docked to the ISS after all these years. Pics are on NASA’s site.  I guess it never dawned on me that this would be hard to get – but you can’t just slip out the back door of the ISS and take a snap of the whole thing!

The pictures where taken by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli ‘as he left the International Space Station in May in a Soyuz capsule to return to Earth’ (originally from the BBC).

Now I’m not really a space nerd, but the space shuttle first launched when I was a kid and I remember  watching the Challenger disaster on Newsround in shock.  I had models & toys of of the Moonraker Shuttle (whatever happened to those Dad?) during my ‘James Bond’ phase (my early, impressionable days of cinema!).

The Shuttle was something that captivated me as a child and it’s wierd that it’s ending.

There is another Ironic Echo here though: Nespoli left on a Soyuz.  He has a pretty cool (and very unique) Flickr page as well which in includes pictures of it – visually it hasn’t changed since it was first launched.

My Dad took a school trip to Russia in the ’80s (I’m sure there’s a longer story there) and be brought back an Airfix-style model of the Soyuz.  So long before the ISS started being built, Shuttle and Soyuz came together in by bedroom!

OK, techy diversion almost over.  I found this link about the most expensive cameras ever sold.  Mad stuff.

There’s a NASA connection here too: amongst the rare Leicas are some Nikon and Hasselblad cameras built for NASA.  The commentry one of the Hasselblad’s states that ‘most of them were left on the Moon. Only their backs found their way home.’  So once Virgin works out how to get tourists to the Moon, there’s a little reward waiting for the first to make it back there!

CRAFTING: CTN at St Fin Barre’s

This year’s St Fin Barre’s Exhibition by Cork Textile Network is entitled ‘Crafting’ and opens tonight in the Cathedral.

Members of the Network were with me back in March to have the work for the show photographed for the catalogue and promotional post cards which are available at the show.

As always there’s a great variety of amazing Textile Artwork on show.  It’s well worth a look.

The show runs in St Finbarre’s Cathedral until 16th June and is open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.

Trading Hours

The Gallery will be closed all day tomorrow, Friday 3rd June as I have an all day Wedding Booking.  If you need to contact me urgently please text me on 087 683 8511 or call and leave a voice-mail.

While I’m on the subject, now that Communion Season is over I’ll be returning to normal opening hours at the Gallery, including Mondays, after the long weekend.

So I’m generally always available in the Gallery from 9-10am and 2-3pm every day except Friday mornings (when I attend the B2B Network meetings).

I try to arrange all my photography bookings, viewings, meetings and other appointments around these times as much as possible.  However occassionally this isn’t possible (I can’t leave a wedding to open the Gallery for an hour) but I hope that this isn’t a major inconvienience to anybody on the odd occassion that it’s necessary.

On the flip-side, the Gallery is my office.  So although I’m ‘always’ there 9-10 and 2-3, if I’m not out taking pictures somewhere then I’ll be in the Gallery working on pictures.  The door will be open and you’re welcome to drop in.

I hope this isn’t too confusing.  It’s still early days for us at the Gallery and things will change as we get used to the place.  Hopefully I’ll get some more regular help soon and we can regulate the hours more.

In the meantime, if you want to make sure I’m there it’s always best to call ahead.

We might change things a bit over the summer given that there’s no school runs to sync with – again I guess we’ll see how it goes.  The Gallery will be closed completely when we’re actaully on holidays ourselves – I’ll post details here when that occurs.

Thank You

I just wanted to post a quick ‘thank you’ to everyone who I photographed during Communion Season.

Well done to everyone involved, kids, parents, teachers, clergy and extended families.  It’s such an amazingly positive time to be taking photographs!

It was the busiest year yet for me and I’m still working through last week’s images to make them available for viewings.

As usual, there are lots of really nice pictures coming from the Communions this year.  I’ll post some images here soon once I’ve been through them and OK’ed them with the families concerned.