› 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 The heritage is important and the photographs are, at this stage, historical documents.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.
› Sun, 16 Jul 2017
On of the old dwellings from the deserted village on Achill Island. Heinrich Böll visited here and in in his book ‘Irish Journal’ he described the village slowly returning to nature over time. Hauntingly, he says ‘and time passed quickly because nothing happened’. The village was abandoned during the period of Michael Davitt’s Land League campaigns. The village (probably home to more than 100 families) existed on the boggy slopes of Slievemore Mountain and most of the dwellings were one room houses which were shared with livestock, and families no more than existed on small land holdings of poor quality.