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MojoCon 2

Mojocon 2!

MojoCon 2016

MojoCon 2016

It is the brainchild of an Irishman – Glen Mulcahy. It brings together journalists from the four corners of the world to showcase how mobile technology is revolutionising how they create and distribute content. This was year two. Last year I helped Glen put together the panel of speakers for the mobile photography session, and this year I was fortunate and privileged to be invited back to give a workshop/photowalk with Nicki Fitzgerald. The event was held in the Aviva Stadium.

MojoCon 2016: Aviva Stadium

MojoCon 2016: Aviva Stadium

Day 1

The conference kicked off in style. Glen Mulcahy is many things, but when he tripped up stepping on stage, gathered himself and told this story about Meat Loaf, my admiration for him climbed a few more notches.

There were so many good talks to attend over the two days. Stand out speakers for me were John McHugh (Verifeye Media), Philip Bromwell (RTE), Conrad Messe (iPhone film-maker), Seán Mac an tSíthigh (RTE) and Molly Svenson (Ryot News). Of these, John McHugh was my favourite. He spoke with passion about what he has done (war photographer) and what he is doing with Verifeye Media – “a technology driven visual news agency for freelance journalists & accidental eyewitnesses.” You can read Irish Tech News article on John here. 

All of the talks of the conference will be posted on MojoCon’s Youtube page in the coming week. Check them out for yourself.

John McHugh: Verifeye Media

John McHugh: Verifeye Media

Of the many companies presenting their products in the exhibition hall, the one that I loved the most was the Samsung 360. Cathy O’ Flaherty was absolutely brilliant in showing the capabilities of Samsung’s phone and its 360 capabilities. Her own 360 video of her cat chasing the red dot of a laser beam was such a scream. She sure did work hard over the two days, but she was just as cheerful and in good spirits at the end of the conference as she was at the start. A great ambassador for Samsung.

Cathy O' Flaherty of Samsung

Cathy O’ Flaherty of Samsung

On the Friday evening, Bord Bia (Ireland’s food board) invited speakers and delegates to an evening of the best of Irish food, music and of course – craic (not that crack! Irish craic – good fun).

Bord Bia - The best of Irish food and drink (and craic!)

Bord Bia – The best of Irish food and drink (and craic!)

Day 2

The photowalk. Last year we had about twenty people who hit the streets with us. I guess this year word got around how much fun it was, but we were not prepared for such large numbers. About 60 – 70 people turned up. Here’s a shot I took – which Nicki later modified and pasted me into it. Big thanks to Paul Moore, Richie Donnelan, Andy Butler and Micheál MacSuibhne for help in guiding people as we moved on.

A group shot as we were waiting for the stragglers to come out of the train station

A group shot as we were waiting for the stragglers to come out of the train station

Many plans were put forward as to where to go. Very often at conferences people only get to see the hotel and the event venue. With this in mind, we agreed that it was best to head into the city centre on the DART (local train) and allow people to see a little of Dublin before they headed home. With such a large number, we needed some way of being recognised. What better than a pink balloon tied to your wrist?

Pink always was my colour

Pink always was my colour

It was such a sight to see all the people trooping down the steps of the Aviva and into the train station to queue up to get their tickets.

Here we go. #mojocononthestreet

Here we go. #mojocononthestreet

Sure, it was a little crazy and hectic,  but everyone was in great spirits. Even Andy:

Andy Butler - Mobiography Magazine

Andy Butler – Mobiography Magazine

But he did cheer up later in the walk:

Andy Butler: Mobiography

Andy Butler: Mobiography

At Trinity College we split up into two groups. Andy and I brought one group up Grafton St. direction, while Nicki and Paul Moore headed to Temple Bar. Here are some of the shots I got on the little walk.

Shot while trying to demo burst mode as the train trundled along. :-)

Shot while trying to demo burst mode as the train trundled along. 🙂

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On we go

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Cliches with the Sony Xperia

One hour later we met back in the college and from there back to the Aviva. The curious thing was that the original 60 or so people was now whittled down to about 20. How did we lose so many people? Are they still out there on the streets posting their shots and hashtagging them #mojocononthestreet? I’m checking….

The photo walk was such great fun and thanks to Olloclip for putting up some great prizes for the competition. Myself and Nicki handed this hard job over to Andy (Mobiography) and Steve Muttram of Olloclip. You can see the winning shots here on Andy’s site. Here is the winning one from Micheál MacSuibhne, and before anyway gets on their high horse about exploiting homeless people – Micheál knows this man. They were talking. He asked Micheál to take the shot.

The winning photographer from #mojocononthestreet 2016 Micheál MacSuibhne

The winning photographer from #mojocononthestreet 2016 Micheál MacSuibhne

And with that MojoCon 2 was coming to an end. It sure was tiring.

MojoCon is tiring!

MojoCon is tiring!

In the closing address Glen told that MojoCon is a strong possibility. That was wonderful to hear.  It was great to meet up with old friends, make new ones, but sad to have to say goodbye!

Myself, Nicki, Sir Cam and Andy

Myself, Nicki, Sir Cam and Andy

Here’s to MojoCon 3 and one last shot from the photo walk:

Always!

Always!

This great video was released by RTE a few days after this blog post.

 

 

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2014: My favourite images – March

March was a good month. I had a day in London and met Mark T. Simmons and had a wonderful conversation about photography, football and life. Also, got the chance to get some photography in and managed to get some shots I liked. Choosing a favourite from March is not an easy thing. I could easily choose this addition to the bokeh heads – or this one. Then there is this nice little image taken in the underground in London, where it appears that people obliged to line up for me. Another I really like is the image of the daffodil against the sun – a photograph I took for my mother as daffodils are her favourite flower. But the one I am going with is this one taken early on a Sunday morning in Cork.

My maxim about photography is: Trying to see what can be seen and how to see it. And reflections are one way to achieve this. Distortions fascinate me. Very often a mundane scene can transform into something unusual when the focus is on its reflection. This image below was like that. The city centre was quiet, as Sunday mornings tend to be. Few cars and few people. I saw this guy approaching the bridge and instinctively I knew a photograph with him passing would be pretty bland. Giving up on the shot, I caught a glance of him reflected in a dirty window and was thrilled to see this shot appear before me. The dirt and grit on the window add to the scene, as do the horizontal lines of the blinds. The spiral of the Holy Trinity church can be seen in the background and the passerby strides past.

March

March

 

I put together a series of images I got on the iPhone from London. You can check them out here. March was a good month for the iPhone too. I was very surprised when an RTE (Irish national broadcaster) journalist – Glen Mulcahy –  contacted me wanting to do a short film on my iPhone work. I was delighted with the excellent short film he made. You can check it out here and read about my reaction to it here.

Choosing an image for the iPhone is not easy either. There are so many to choose from, but the one I have to choose is that of my little girl, Sumi-Anna. Another image taken as she walks away from me. This one has a dreamy feel to it.

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March

 

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A short film

Out of the blue a few weeks back I got a tweet from an RTE (Ireland’s national broadcaster) filmmaker, Glen Mulcahy asking me if he could direct message me. He had been looking through the Mobile Photography Awards website and came across this image of mine which won an honourable mention in the annual awards. Seeing my surname, he guessed I must be Irish and he googled my name, found my Twitter account and got on to me. He wondered would I be up for making a short film about my mobile photography. I was really surprised, but I could not let such an opportunity pass me by.

Glen is a pioneer in mobile journalism and gives training courses on how to shoot and edit using mobiles as a news-gathering platform. He has trained over 140 RTE Staff and also delivered training courses around Europe and the Middle East for various TV networks. He told me he wanted to make this short film using only the iPhone and video editing apps (Filmic Pro and iMovie). I was intrigued and excited.

We arranged to do the shoot over two days. Glen and I met in my workplace on the Wednesday evening and after a short get-to-know each other chat, he filmed me as I was teaching (a big thanks to my students for agreeing to be filmed). We were a little anxious about weather conditions for the next day, but thankfully the dreaded rain held off and we were able to get out and shoot around the city centre on the Thursday morning. It was a great experience for me to see a professional filmmaker in action. Glen had a great eye for angles and an overall vision for how scenes could be reconstructed in editing. Escaping a short shower, we took shelter in a nearby cafe and it was fascinating to see how creative and adept he was using only an iPhone and the video editing apps of Filmic Pro and iMovie. I have since downloaded the two apps and have been messing around with them, but I am still in awe at the dexterity, speed and skill that Glen displayed as he cut and edited the short segments we had just filmed near the Nano Nagle bridge that crosses the River Lee near the iconic St. Finbarre’s Cathedral.

We moved on from the cafe to shoot around The English Market and French Church Street where I was lucky to get one or two good shots. I had been anxious that Murphy’s Law would strike when we were out filming and that I would not be able to get anything good when I needed to.

During the time we spent together we had some very interesting conversations about photography, art, advances in technology, travel, and life in general. We had arranged that once we had completed filming in the city centre that we would head to my house to film the interview part. In conversation about photography and how I feel about it,  Glen had said to me a few times – “that’s what we need to get on the interview – you need to talk about that.” However, when the camera was on me and it came for me to actually talk about myself and my photography, I became a little tongue-tied. Only natural, I guess. It was the first time for me in front of the camera. However, seeing the end result I don’t sound too bad. And all in all, I am very pleased with the film. It is a film shot and edited by a professional using only the iPhone. It is exciting to have been part of Glen’s pioneering work. 

You can watch the video below and there is background to the film here. Hope you enjoy getting to know a little more about me, about Cork, about my iPhone photography. I am very grateful to Glen for showcasing my work. You can follow Glen on Twitter here. 

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