› Mon, 10 Jun 2019
This photograph was taken in Parliament Square, London on Theresa May’s last full day as leader of the Conservative Party. Brexit defined her leadership, as it will almost certainly define her successor’s leadership. Three years after the Referendum and three months after the first ‘Brexit’ date, there were a few hard-core protestors, but there was a sense that fatigue is setting in.
› Fri, 19 Oct 2018
The photography purists hate this kind of photo but I just love sunrises.
› Fri, 12 Jan 2018
A view from the train
› Wed, 27 Dec 2017
From the archives: there is a kind of a ‘War if the Worlds’ feel to this photograph from the goods yard in Limerick train station. #limerick
› Sun, 24 Dec 2017
More from the National Gallery of Canada Frontiers exhibition. This remarkable photograph is of prospectors trekking over a gap on their way to the Klondike. There are over three hundred people lining up the hill.
› Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa recently held a thought provoking exhibition about the United States’ external borders. There were three elements to the exhibition: the US/Canadian border at the time of the Klondike gold rush (Klondike was right on the border between the two countries); the US/Canadian border today and the US/Mexican border, with its partially completed wall.
The contest between the two borders today is striking. It is difficult to know where the border is for vast lengths of the US/Canadian border. The entry ports are small, with little, if any security. The contrast with the southern US border is thrown into a stark contrast. The image with this piece, by photographer Alejandro Cartagena captures the harsh reality of hard borders. The girl is on the Mexican side, and is talking to her father, who is an illegal alien in the United States.
› Sun, 17 Sep 2017
This is one from the archive.
› Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Love is…hanging on to Dad’s leg for security
› Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Emo Court, and part two of my trips to view some of Ireland’s photographic heritage. Frank Browne probably did more than any other photographer to chronicle Ireland as it emerged as a new nation in the early part of the 20th century. He spent 20 years living in Emo Court, which was used to train novices, and he developed much of his remarkable archive of 42,000 images here.
The display includes both photographs and ephemera, including the suitcase in which his negatives remained undiscovered for 25 years after his death, the the bath (complete with pink staining from the chemicals) in which he used to develop his films, and a telegram instructing him to ‘get off that boat’ when he had a chance to sail on the Titanic from Cobh to New York (he took the last images of the Titanic as it set sail from Cobh on its doomed voyage).
› Tue, 15 Aug 2017
It was a thrill to see the darkroom in Birr Castle today. Mary, the 3rd Countess was one of the first people in Ireland to take up photography in the early 1840s, very shortly after the medium was invented. The darkroom room dates from the 1850s and many of the earliest photographs taken in Ireland are on display also. The heritage is important and the photographs are, at this stage, historical documents. Some of the photographs, bearing in mind the practical difficulties, such as incredibly long exposures, show a nice eye for composition.