Monthly Archives: February 2011

London Street Photography

© Richard Bram/ Courtesy Museum of London

Time to get the calender out and book another day trip to London.

In January 2009 I was lucky enough to see Michael Kenna‘s work at a solo show at the HackelBury Gallery in  London. I wouldn’t be a huge landscape fan, but Kenna’s work is an exception (and exceptional).

And last year I went with fellow CorkAP-er Dee Moriarty to see Exposed in the Tate Modern, and the ever controversial Sally Mann at the Photographer’s Gallery – The Family and the Land. And various other bits and bobs around the city too.

London is an easy city to get to from Cork, with very regular flights, and pretty cheap if you fly off peak. I got a ticket for 30-odd euro return last summer, flying out at 7am and back at about 9 that night. So you get pretty much the full day to see a few exhibitions, lunch in the city, and a pint somewhere before heading home.

I wasn’t sure if I’d be over this year, but it looks like there’s a reason for another day trip now. The Museum of London are hosting a London Street Photography exhibition until Sept 4th, 2011, featuring photographers from the 1860’s to the present day. You can read some more about it at the Museum of London’s website and at various places around the web. And of course I heard about it from a guy in the States – Mike Johnson at The Online Photographer.

So looks like I’ll have to get onto the airlines websites and find a cheap seat to London in the next few months. I think I’ll wait till it gets a bit warmer though. May could be nice 🙂

– Rory

Introducing… Goliat Gonzalez

I thought it was about time we all got to know each other so every week I’m introducing you to another member of Cork Analogue Photographers & their photos. This week its Goli’s turn. Check out the other profiles here.

'Toscany' by Goliat Gonzalez

Name: Goliat Gonzalez

Where are you from? Spain, a gorgeous village in the north of Palencia, called Cervera de Pisuerga.

And how did you end up in Cork? Long story short, an Irish woman changed my mind (My initial idea was to go back to Spain) and I gave a chance to Cork and have been here for the last 10 years. By the way, I am married with that Irish woman.

What cameras do you use? Canon EOS 300 and Nikon D50 5.

What was your very first camera? Konica, I can remember what model, but it was a compact, that I had for 10 years.

Tell me a little about how you got into photography? I always love taking pictures, mainly in trips and traveling, but I got a sense to get something else, try to capture the soul of a person in a simple portrait, try a more artistic approach from normal pictures and forgetting about the rules and looking for light, shapes, textures, people reactions.

Why choose analogue photography? I love portraits and that power of looking a picture in a black and white, it gives you that feeling of eternity, as well as all the process to get your picture from the taking to the developing.

What are your influences and who are some of your favorite photographers? I love Sebastiao Salgado, he is amazing photographer that wants to change the world through photography, social photographer: “What I want is the world to remember the problems and the people I photograph”

What would your dream photography day be like? Who/what/where would you shoot? I like events like demonstrations, festivals to bring a subject to life, photography is a way of a life and I enjoying photographing anything, but I love portraits and raw nature.

Untitled by Goliat Gonzalez

Untitled by Goliat Gonzalez

Untitled by Goliat Gonzalez

Untitled by Goliat Gonzalez

Untitled by Goliat Gonzalez

New silver gelatin darkroom paper from Ilford

Ilford have announced a new traditional darkroom fibre based paper. Apparently it’s the first new one in 13 years. Can’t say I have kept up with what’s new in the traditional darkroom materials supply – more concerned when the old stuff goes away! But this is good news. Here’s a quote from Amateur Photographer

‘The response from all over the world has been stunning,’ said Harman’s UK director of sales and marketing Steven Brierley who sent the paper out to top photographers as part of field trials.
‘It is squarely aimed at fine art printers and photographers, and will expand their scope considerably,’ he claimed.

– Rory

Galway in the 1950’s (or is it the 60’s?!)

Nice bit of colour footage of Galway in the 50’s. At least, the film says the 50’s, but looking at the cars I’d say it’s the 60’s. What do you think?

– Rory

PS This one’s for Ann!

** Addendum – sorry, seems the film won’t play on a WordPress blog. Still, it’s worth a click to watch it on youtube, especially if you knew Galway back in that era

Tonight’s openings

Afters… is a Photography exhibition of work Stephen Aherne and Stefania Sapio.

Stephen Aherne CLOSE TO HOME

Stephen Aherne won the Gallery of Photography Artist’s Awards in 2010 which included a show at the gallery, a selection of which will be shown in this exhibition. Close to Home, published by the Gallery of Photography is now available.
“I am interested in the difference between looking at something and looking at a colour photograph of that same thing, whether it’s something I’m seeing for the first time or a scene I’ve encountered everyday for years. Rather than seek out the unusual, I want to make pictures of my own environment, wherever that may be.” Stephen Aherne.

Stefania Sapio TAME

Stefania Sapio’s photographs were featured in Issue 63, Summer 2010 edition of Source Photographic Review, and received the following editorial:
“Stefania Sapio has photographed her family over a number of years always aware that she is part of what she is recording. As a single mother she is also aware how her life has ‘been cropped to a very tight frame of action’. Out of intensity of this experience comes an intimacy with the people she has photographed and a feeling ‘that she has an inability to reach a total understanding of them’.“ Source Photographic Review.

This opening is this evening, Wed 9th, at 5pm, in St. Johns college.

Also opening:


Wandseford Quay Gallery, tonight Wed 9th at 6.30pm. Opening by Phil Toledano and Doug Dubois

Photographic works from the students of CIT Crawford College of Art & Design. The students come from a diverse range of disciplines within Art and Design. For some, photography represents an aspect of their creative project, while for others it is the principal medium within their emerging fine art practice. START celebrates this diversity and the bridging role played by photography.  START is just the beginning.

– Rory


Faces Project – first scans

The Faces Project is a project we started last summer. The idea was to photograph people as they arrived for gigs at the Marquee in Cork during the summer. We stood near the entrance gate to the marquee, and grabbed people as they approached. Most people were happy to stand for us. Some would step out in front of moving traffic just to avoid us! But in general people were out for the night, and up for a laugh.

Just this evening I received the negatives in the post – processed by Gunns in Dublin – my favourite camera shop by far! The negs look beautiful – developed well, no water marks, dust free. Dust in these scans was probably on the scanner. My scanner is like a Holga of scanners, but without the charm. It’s crap. But does the job to see a few photos and put them on the web.

Next step is to start making contact sheets, get the loupes out, and start printing. Hopefully we’ll get an exhibition up at some stage this year (anyone like to host us? Drop a comment below). Watch this space!

The project was shot very democratically. Most evenings three or four of us met. Two would load cameras up, and two would grab people walking by and ask them to stop. We didn’t mark who shot what film – it all went into a bag as it got used. We didn’t mark which films were shot at which gigs either, but you can make a fair guess on how people are dressed for the evening.

We had some hitches with backdrops, weather, and the concert promoters. One particular night some representative of the promoters asked us what we were doing, and said we had no permission to take photographs outside the event. We were right outside the main gate, so we just crossed the road. No problems after that. The Gardai paid us no real attention. A good learning experience! Maybe if we do it again this year we’ll write to the promoters and ask for permission to get inside the gates. Surely it can only be good for them?

So these are piss poor scans, but there’s some great photos in there (16+ rolls, mostly 35mm, a couple of 6*6 medium format). Thanks to all who took part. And if you know any of these people, let us know!

– Rory

Jeff Ladd

Backi Jarak, Serbia, 2001, Jeff Ladd

I was wandering around the web and clicked and flicked through Tokyo Camera Style, my go to site for lusting after old film gear. In amongst the graphic gratuitous gear photos there was a link to an interview by Blake Andrews with 5B4 author and photographer Jeff Ladd

Jeff Ladd lives in New York City, where he is an active photographer as well as the author of 5b4 and a co-founder ofErrata Editions.

B: Can you briefly trace your photographic path? When did you first become interested in it? Was there any special teacher or photographer who grabbed you initially?

JL: My “path” in the medium was really stumbled upon. When I graduated from high school I had no real direction other than I was good at skateboarding. I was a bad student and the idea of college wasn’t really on my mind. A girlfriend of mine was attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City and she was the real motivating factor in my applying to that school. I had an “interest” in photography but not one strong enough to commit to a four year, and somewhat costly, education. My parents supported my decision but also sensed that I just wanted to be with my girlfriend in NYC and school was a convenient excuse. They were absolutely right. 

Read on here

– Rory