Archive for March, 2011

Mail Order Messiahs playing in Whelans

Here’s a photo I took ages ago that kind of slipped through the net a bit. It’s a band called Mail Order Messiahs playing in Whelans last year, supporting Sleep Thieves. I don’t know why I disregarded it back then as when I look at it now I realise it’s one of the more interesting ones I’ve done in Whelans. As usual it’s an exposure of over 4 minutes but in spite of this the singer on the right is not all blur. He’s been caught multiple times by someone’s flash in the front row and hence several faint but sharp impressions of his head and body ended up on my film. There were a lot of photographers at this gig so this was happening quite a lot. (more…)


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song exposure [sawng ek-spoh-zher]: a photograph created by opening the shutter at the start of a song and closing it at the end

A friend of mine recently suggested that I use the term song exposure to refer to these photographs. At first I wasn’t sure about this, but the more I thought about it, the more I began to like it. It encapsulates pretty neatly what the basic concept is – in that these are in a sense photographs of songs, given that the shutter is opened at the start of the song and closed at the end. It also makes reference to the idea of the long exposure, which all these photographs also are. (more…)

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I am very excited to be able to announce that an exhibition of photographs featured on this blog will be taking place in Dublin in April 2011. It’s happening in the Fumbally Exchange, which is off Clanbrassil Street in Dublin 8, and runs for one week from Thursday 14th to Thursday the 21st. The excellent poster on the right was designed by Anthony Mackey. Exhibition details as follows:

Opening Reception

Thursday 14th April: 6-8 pm

Opening Hours

Friday 15th April: 11AM – 5PM

Monday 18th April: 11AM – 5PM

Tuesday 19th April: 11AM – 5PM

Wednesday 20th April: 11AM – 5PM

Thursday 21st April: 11AM – 5PM

Official press release is here

Directions to the Fumbally Exchange are below.

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