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Duncannon: Return of the iPhone!

I was in Duncannon recently with my friend Kevin when we spotted this trawler up on the beach.

It had been brought in to be painted, as we discovered when we went down to take a look – and we were far from the only people whose atttention it grabbed.

It was a great photo opp due to the setting, the unusual sight of a boat “washed up” on the beach and the fact that it was a really beautiful day.

Of course I hadn’t my camera with me, so I returned to my trusty iPhone, which – as a means of capturing images anyway – has been rusting in my pocket lately!

But, as I have blogged before, it was the iPhone that was instrumental in sparking my interest in photography again. That and the good influence of the talented Claire Hefferon, who is now doing her thing in Canada. I captured a lot of moments and images over the past 18 months that would have otherwise slipped by.

My iPhone really wasn’t able for the blazing sun that day in Duncannon, but in some ways I kind of like what happened with these, admittedly poor, images:

Fashion Show

I was walking for something to eat last Friday night when I noticed some action up by the Powerscourt Centre.

South William Street in Dublin City Centre was also cordoned off, so naturally, being the inquisitive sort, I wandered up to have a look.

Turns out there was an event on later that night as part of Dublin Fashion Festival. which I was unaware was even going on, but then I’m not much of a Fashionista to be fair!

When I arrived on the scene the models were already on the scene, preparing for the show ahead and, no doubt, seeing if they could safely negotiate the steep, stone steps in sky-high stilettos. I took a few candid snaps there before going to dinner and then stopped back afterwards to see a small bit fo the show, taking a few more photos.

On my return to the scene, it was packed with people, but the official photographer for the event kindly invited me up the other side of the ladder he was using in a great spot across the road. I don’t know if it was a completely altruistic gesture or if he just wanted my bodyweight as ballast for equilibrium/safety purposes, but either way I’m grateful to him.

Interestingly, he was quite annoyed with the background lighting (the big blue spotlights you can see in the photos that follow) as it was being left on throughout at the beginning, making it impossible for him to get the shots he wanted. I, on the other hand, completely unconcerned with the clothes, found it quite interesting!

Eventually, he got the problem sorted and the lights came on for the entry of models and were turned off as they strutted their stuff on the Powerscourt steps, ensuring he got some great fashion shots… quite unlike what I took! These are a mix of shots from the rehearsals and the show itself. As ever, click for the big versions.

Naomi

My good friend Naomi came to visit me late last week as we had a lot of catching up to do.

On Firday night I took some photos of her in various locations and states of sobriety!

A sunny Saturday morning in Curracloe

Lough Boora Parklands

Dinner with the Blakes

All your photos are of you

It can be fascinating to observe photographers in action.

We all enjoy looking at a great image, but I’m sure you, like me, often find yourself wondering about the means which achieved that visually appealing end.

Seeing a snapper in action can give you a greater insight into the person behind the camera – from how they see the world to how they interact with people – than you might hazard a guess at from just seeing the final image.

I know quite a few photographers and they all have different ways of doing things, but who they are and the images they produce are inextricably linked.

I firmly believe that truly great photography is borne not out of a love of the act of photography itself, but a love of people and the world around us.

Canadian photographer Claire Bouvier is a great example of this and I hope she won’t mind me making her my case study for this post!

I met Claire last weekend through her friend, namesake and fellow Kingstonian, the beautiful Claire Hefferon, whom we both like to take photos of – I just get far more opportunities!

Ms Bouvier is a talented photographer, managing to combine a keen eye with an enthusiastic and effervescent approach.

Her eyes and imagination are very quick to pick up on what is going on around her and she’s also quick on the draw with her camera when she likes what she sees.

Claire is what I’d call a “constant framer”, always creating stills of real life with a photograph in mind.

Making people feel at ease with a camera aimed at them is not easy for most of us, but Claire has that happy knack.

It was great to see this lively shutterbug set off into the crowd at a concert armed with her camera, self-confidence and charm, making friends as she captured impressive images. No mean feat.

The drive to explore and discover, allied with a deep interest in the people and world around her are what seem to fuel Claire’s passion for photography.

The substantial point I’m driving at in this post is that no matter what or whom you aim your camera at, ultimately your photos say just as much about you as anything or anybody that may appear in them.

They are an expression of how you see the world, how you feel and, ultimately, who you are.

(Here’s a couple of unfiltered/unedited shots from the gig. Happy snapping Claire!)