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The other day I was reading Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s 1961 essay on phenomenology, Eye And Mind (I’ve recently started doing an MA in Art In The Contemporary World at NCAD so you can probably expect more of this kind of thing in the future – those of you who just want to know who the band is are free to skip right to the end). There’s a section in it where he talks about the representation of time and movement within both painting and photography. He argues that artists such as Cezanne and Matisse provide more faithful renditions of our actual perceptual experience of being in the world than those provided by objective scientific accounts and the Cartesian perspective-based art inspired by them. At one point, he discusses photography, and argues that it also falls short of capturing our real experience of the world because it cannot capture movement in the way that a painter can, shackled as it is to capturing frozen, instantaneous snapshots. Painting, on the other hand …. (more…)

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I don’t normally post up more than one photo from a gig. Sometimes I don’t even have more than one photo from a gig. This long exposure photography business can be a hit and miss. I normally wouldn’t take more than 8 and a whole bunch of these might just not come out for various reasons. Even if I have a few, there are usually very similar, as they are all shot from the same spot, the only variation being the length of the exposure. So, I tend to pick one of them and then that becomes the picture of the night. However, in the case of the Jello Biafra gig that I have already posted about here, I can’t resist releasing a few more of them into the wild. This is partly because I like them so much, but also because there’s a lot of variation from one shot to the next, and all of them have something interesting going on. (more…)

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Globe Show in Liberty Hall Theatre

This picture is a 10 minute exposure taken at a show called Globe in the Liberty Hall Theatre a few weeks ago. I had never been there before although many people had told me about it, and I had always been curious about the place. It turns out that it’s a superb 400-seater theatre housed in a building just adjacent to Liberty Hall itself. Liberty Hall is of course the home of Ireland’s largest trade union, SIPTU, and the theatre itself is owned and ran by SIPTU also. (more…)

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As I mentioned in the last post I was in Collins Barracks the other night photographing the Macnas show, On The Edge Of Things Is A Fierce Beauty, which closed off this year’s Absolut Fringe festival. I had been scouting out the location during the week and discussing it with the site manager at Collins Barracks, trying to figure out if there would be an elevated vantage point that I could shoot from. It looked like it was going to be a problem as the square in which the show was to take place is surrounded on all sides by buildings that make up the Museum Of Decorative Arts and History. The museum itself was to be closed on the night and I didn’t hold out much hope that I was going to be allowed to wander around inside on my own. (more…)

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