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Archive for May, 2011

The last couple of months have seen a whole host of much-loved institutions around Dublin close down due to lack of money, lack of business, unreasonably high rents, and all the other difficulties that the recession has brought – music outlets (Road Records, Comet, City Discs), restaurants (Gruel, The Mermaid Cafe), bookshops (Waterstones), and most depressingly of all, the best cinema in the city (The Lighthouse). Up until a week or so ago, it looked like The Button Factory was about to join that grim list too as it had entered a period of examinership at the start of the year. As I understand it, this meant that they were under the financial microscope and unless they could prove that there was still a viable business there, the plug would be pulled. (more…)

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While my exhibition was on in Fumbally, Jonathan Keane, a journalism student from Griffith College, came down and interviewed me for the GCD student mag, Griffiti. You can click on the image above to read it. Many thanks to Jonathan. It’s always nice when someone shows an interest in your work and especially nice when they take the time to do an interview and write an article about it. Speaking of Griffith College, the Graduate show of their photography degree starts on June 3rd, and should be well worth a look. Full details on this, and the Creative Fortnight of which it is a part, can be found here. (more…)

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This is Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock playing in Whelans at the weekend. Last Saturday was the first time I have been out photographing since my exhibition opened and it felt good to be out doing it once more. Several people have asked me recently what I am going to do next, and while I have a few other projects bubbling under, I don’t really regard this long exposure gig photography one to be finished just because it has now been exhibited. I’ve got a fair bit to go with it yet – there are several venues that I only have one or two decent shots from, and several more that I haven’t really broached yet at all. (more…)

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This week sees my exhibition moving down to The Workmans Club on Wellington Quay in Dublin. The Workmans is a recently opened music venue, right beside the Clarence Hotel. It’s a fabulous 160-year old building and before becoming a music venue, had a run of over 100 years as the original Dublin Workingmen’s club. They’ve done a great job of refurbishing it, keeping loads of original features intact, and as well as having an excellent live band room, it has a really nice upstairs bar with big windows looking out over the river Liffey. I’ve been talking to Karl and Karen at the Workmans for a while now about having the exhibition on display in this space and I’m really excited about it finally happening. It’s entirely fitting that the photographs should be on display in a music venue. The upstairs bar, where the exhibition will be, is open to the public each night of the week (though usually not on a Monday) from around 5pm onwards until late. So, this is one for the nightowls. (more…)

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