I am a photographic artist, academic and musician from Dublin, Ireland. This blog contains photographs and writing largely centered around an ongoing photographic project that I am engaged in called Traces Of The Real. The initial concept was to take extended time exposure photographs at gigs. By extended time exposure, I mean exposures of the order of minutes – anything from 3 minutes upwards to 15 or 20. Generally I try and make each exposure the length of a song in order to try and answer these sorts of questions: Is it possible to take a photograph of song? If so, what would it look like? As the work has progressed it has expanded out to encompass other types of events also, such as theatre and performance art. All the images are shot with a large format 4×5 film camera fixed on a tripod. I then scan the negatives for display on the web and/or printing. I am always on the lookout for new places and events at which to shoot these pictures and am willing to travel to do so. All suggestions in this regard are more than welcome.
The blog originally started as a way of publishing short writings on photography theory texts that were done for this course
, which I was doing at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in 2009/2010. I also recently completed the MA Art In The Contemporary World
course at NCAD. Some of the writing on art and aesthetics that I did as part of that course also appears on the blog, along with ongoing pieces of writing, many of which are attempts to explore aesthetic and philosophical questions raised by the project.
All images, unless otherwise stated, are copyright of Hugh McCabe. Please do not reproduce any of them without permission. Many of the images featured on this blog are available to purchase as limited edition fine art prints. Some day soon I will get around to putting up a page on this site with details about this. In the meantime any enquiries can be directed to hmccabe at gmail.com.
Generator 2 (Group Exhibition at Hedrons Collider, Dublin) – March 2014
Traces Of The Real (Solo Exhibition at Plugd@Triskel Arts Cente, Cork) – Summer 2012
Close to Closure (Group Exhibition at The Back Loft, Dublin as part of PhotoIreland festival) – July 2012
Traces Of The Real (Solo Exhibition at Fumbally Exchange and Workmans Club, Dublin) – Summer 2011
A Pact Of Disengagement: Art and Philosophy’s Mutual Abuses Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (organised by Teresa Gillespie and Ben Woodard) May 2014
After Former West Goethe-Institut (with Barry Kehoe, Ciara Hickey and Marysia Wieckiewcz-Carroll) May 2013
Objects and Arthood The Joinery (with Paul Ennis, Adrian Duncan, Isabel Nolan and Barbara Knezevic) March 2013
Music Photography: Talks | Music | Images Centre for Creative Practices July 2011