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December 23 2014

I was really delighted with the reaction to the short feature on mobiography yesterday and the accompanying blog post I did on mobile photography. Thanks to all for the visits, comments and emails.

Two images today from Berlin taken at night. The iPhone image is of a shop front in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin. A very simple photograph. I was attracted to the colours, light and the way the two pullovers remained so still.

First date

First date

This DSLR image follows on from yesterday’s bike shot. Bright blur.

Hallucinogenic Hazards

Hallucinogenic Hazards

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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December 12 2014

Berlin! I had the pleasure of spending a few days last week in Berlin where I attended the Online Educa Conference. Check the link to learn about this conference. It was really interesting. The conference was a full two-day event, but I did manage to squeeze in some photography.

Am rushing this morning and will write more about Berlin as a city and its people in later blog posts. For now, we will start with a shot taken in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. This was just outside the subway station. I really would have loved if someone had obliged and posed for me in the photo booth, but…



On this trip, I used this wonderful app – 1-hour photo – when shooting with the iPhone. It is so cool. How it works is that you take a photo with the app and like the old days you do not get to see the image immediately. Like it says on the tin, you have to wait an hour before the image is processed. It also only shoots in black and white and the tones it produces I really like. I would thoroughly recommend checking it out.

The image here today was taken on the subway returning from Kreuzberg. Standing by the door, I noticed the woman opposite was lost in thought. Quickly, I tried to get the shot and luckily I managed. An instant later she became very self-conscious and aware of being watched. I nodded and smiled. She did not return the smile.




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November 24 2014

Final in the series brings this to your screens – a man framed in a slight blur, wearing a light blue pullover and darker denim trousers standing before a piece of predominantly blue art that has a standard lamp with a blue lampshade to its right. Serendipitously photographic.

People looking at art [4]

People looking at art [4]

To add to the series, here is one taken with the iPhone, using the app – Manual. I had been trying to get blurred images with the native iPhone camera – but the image stabilisation is just too damn good. Manual allows full control – besides aperture. Have a good week. Surprise yourselves.

People looking at art

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November 23 2014

Observing the observer. One more in the series of people looking at art, one that I really like. Very little post processing on this one.

People looking at art [3]

People looking at art [3]

One of the things I am drawn to is reflections. Other ways of seeing. This was taken in Copenhagen. I waited for a cyclist to pass to frame into the composition.

Trying to see what can be seen and how to see it

Trying to see what can be seen and how to see it

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November 22 2014

The best camera you have is the one with you and these days it is always the iPhone. If it is lashing rain and you have to pop out to get milk, you would never think of taking a big DSLR with you, but you would not leave the house without your iPhone. And when you are sheltering under an umbrella battling with the wind and before you an image emerges, then you are in luck that you brought your camera with you.

This iPhone image is an example of this. Late one evening in Copenhagen, with the rain bucketing down, I had to get out to get some food to make dinner. As I was returning from the shop I saw this father struggling with his little boy in the rain. Having a little boy myself, a little boy who on occasion has stopped dead in his tracks in torrential rain and point blank refused to move even a step further, I empathised with this man and his little boy. But empathy passes and instinct kicks in and shutters click to capture the moment.




Here is another from the little series of images of people looking at art. The response to yesterday’s post was great. Thanks to all. It is a little disjointed, having a blog where I write about my posts to Flickr. It results in most of the feedback taking place on Flickr. But that’s fine. Thanks again.


People looking at art [2]

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November 14 2014

I had thought I was not going to post another from this series of blur photographs from Copenhagen, but they keep drawing me back in. I cannot seem to settle on a uniform style, but perhaps they don’t need it. Some look good in colour and others need to be reduced and constrained and only black and white can do that.

In saying that, despite the way I work through images, I am coming close to producing a coherent series. One of the challenges that I encounter is that I present images consecutively from locations, but very often later I find that an image from one place can easily complement one taken in a  very distinct location. All of this is the process. I may write about the frustrations I encounter with this process, but it is how I work.

Mark T. Simmons, a friend whose work I really admire, posts sporadically on Flickr, preferring to work on a series of images before posting them. When the series is complete and you spend time looking through them you realise the craft that has gone into the creation and curation of the series. His series of images from Istanbul is coherent and there is a cohesion in style and you move from one image to the next carrying with you the emotion and impact of the previous image. I envy his patience and attention to detail. I look back at my images and my series are short – usually between 3 – 5 images and then I get restless and take things in a different direction. Recently, Mark gave me some good advice about working on and presenting a series of images and I have begun to learn from that. If you have not already seen Mark’s work, his series on Istanbul is a good place to start.

So here is today’s image. Would love to hear your reaction to it. Leave a comment below, or on Flickr.


Overcoming nervousness


Writing this blog entry is a discipline I set myself. I try to do it every day, but life gets in the way. I am trying to document my photographic journey and trying to learn about myself and how and why I photograph. Very often, I write about the DSLR shot first and by the time I arrive at choosing (I rarely know what I am going to choose) an iPhone photograph I am too restless to continue writing. This is where I am today. I need to go now and choose a photo, post it to Flickr, download a lower resolution size for the blog and then write a little about the image.

Which image?

This one:


Copenhagen Coincidences


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November 8 2014

There are so many things that catch your eye and grab your attention on the street, but there is nothing as powerful as colour. Nothing. It dominates and drowns out everything else. A busy street with hundreds of pedestrians milling around and a woman in a bright green coat is seen approaching and I know I have to get that green in an image. This is all I know as I see her get closer. How I will frame and construct the image I do not know yet, but I know this bright green will give a dramatic and vivid strength to whatever image comes.

As we gets closer, I see that instead of continuing towards me she turns. I weave amongst the crowds to get closer to her, closer to her and that green coat; all the while I am calculating and constructing the image. I visualise a streak of fluid green of her in motion set against the dark of the rest of her clothes central in the open street. Recalling it now, I realise how concentrated I become; how the construction of the image consumes me. In the time, it takes her to walk 20 metres I have shot several images. Each one is immediately reviewed on the camera’s small screen. One or two are instantly deleted and I rush to get that image that has taken form in my imagination. I don’t get close to it in reality.

This is the first one. Again, this is an image I would most certainly have deleted before as she is not fully in frame. But taste and style evolves. Now I like images like this.


Photographic Punctuation

What I like about the iPhone is that you can get in close to get a candid image. This one here was shot just at the moment before collision. The three girls are unaware of me and that little moment they are enjoying is uninterrupted.


Converted Collisions

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November 7 2014

This is a journal of sorts and in journals you do not just document the good, the cheerful and the uplifting. No, the dreary, the drudgery, the despair also needs to be documented. Am fed up of posting to Flickr at the moment. I cannot find inspiration to choose two photographs to write about and post.

In the last blog entry, I spoke about how this image and the others that could go into a series are frustrating me, but maybe it is more than that. At times, it all seems so pointless and ridiculous: Photography. I spend so much time looking at images and reading about photography. I get caught up in it; swept along in an adherence to a style or a belief that things need to be done in a certain way. I get so critical of my own photography that the enjoyment is dragged out of it. And photography is only a hobby. I do it for fun. Fuck the rest of it!

But it is not fun at the moment. This may quickly pass or it may linger .

Anyway, rant suspended.

Here is another of those photographs that I have struggled with. Today’s post has little processing; done so in an effort to reduce choices. These photographs were taken with intentional camera movement; a little swift jerk up of the camera.

Update: I posted this to Flickr – did not like it – deleted it and re-processed it in black and white, which seems to match my mood today 🙂



Stepping into frames in Heuston Station, Dublin – an iPhone image. Timing is so important when taking images. A split second more and this could have more depth. I do like the tasty part of it, however.


Waiting for the music to start


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November 4 2014

I try to get people in to my shots. This one here, taken in Copenhagen, is an example of waiting and no one comig to fill your frame. Copenhagen has wonderful street art. The city is in the process of constructing a new underground rail line and as a result much of the city has boarded up areas where the work is taking place. And where there are boards, people will want to use them to express themselves.

I was cycling along and came across this scene and it looked like a fine location to get a few shots. I got off the bike, propped it up against a wall and set about trying to get a nice shot of the scene. Copenhagen is a large city and most of the time I never had to wait long for someone to pass. However, in this location time seemed to stand still and not a soul crossed. Usually, I click one frame to get an idea of how I want to create the shot. This is that photograph. Now, looking at it, I would have loved if someone had walked in front of me to give depth to the shot, but still I like it.



Sunlight in the eyes and a lost solution. This is the iPhone image for today.


Sunlight solution

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November 2 2014

Moving things on. Here is an image that I would have deleted had I taken it a few months ago. The intention in getting this shot was to have the large wall as the backdrop and a single individual to pass. I waited. When a single individual approached, she was accompanied. I thought OK, the shot could work. Standing opposite, I waited. Then when the moment came, another individual on my side of the road entered the frame as I was clicking. Not what I had intended, but so much of what proves to be good in life is a result of trying to achieve something else.

The wall here is of the Carlsberg factory in Copenhagen. Carlsberg made this wall and it is probably the best wall in the world.


All apologies

This iPhone image was taken on the main shopping street in Copenhagen. This guy is cool. Enough said.


In Copenhagen

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