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This is Low playing in Whelans a few weeks ago. I’ve always liked Low – one of those rare bands who have a unique sound and are utterly in control of what they’re doing. I liked them even more when I heard they did a 30 minute drone version of one of their songs at a festival in the US earlier this year. The gig in Whelans was a more conventional affair but still great. My Bloody Valentine should take a leaf out of their book and just do one solid hour of the noise section in You Made Me Realise at Electric Picnic on Friday night.

As usual this photograph was created with a single exposure: shutter opened at the start of the song and closed at the end. This was the second song of their set and is an exposure of 3 minutes and 19 seconds in length. I was pretty sure that the photograph would not work out because of the film footage being projected on to the back of the stage (that usually messes things up) but it did. First gig photograph done with my lovely spanking new Toyo 4×5 camera and scanned on my equally lovely new Epson V700 scanner.

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Spook-1This is the Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock playing in the Unitarian Church in Dublin a few weeks back. They are easily my most photographed band at this stage. Even though I do like them, this isn’t entirely intentional. Wherever I go with my camera, they seem to just be there. This particular gig was organised by the excellent Young Hearts Run Free collective and also featured Mossy Nolan, Margie Lewis and The Pictish Trail. (more…)

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AnimalCollective
Someone left the following comment on this blog a little while ago:

this site is not really helpful it could use a little more facts this is to who ever posted this to google

I thought I would try and address this situation a little bit by trying to come up with some facts about this photograph:

  1. It is a photograph of the band Animal Collective
  2. It was taken in Vicar Street a few weeks back
  3. The band were touring their new album which is called Centipede Hz
  4. They had huge inflatable stage props with lights inside them
  5. It is an exposure of approximately 4 minutes
  6. The aperture setting was f32
  7. It was taken using a Cambo camera with a 90mm Schneider lens
  8. It was shot on Ilford FP4 4×5 film
  9. The film was processed by Artur Sikora of the Darkroom Service
  10. The negative was scanned on an Epson V700 scanner
  11. The resultant digital image file is 1200 by 960 pixels wide giving a total of 1,152,000 pixels altogether

Happy Christmas.

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Sometime back in the early 90’s I was part of an email music discussion group called chugchanga. This was before way before blogs were around and also a good bit before discussion boards took off. Lots of well-informed and well-connected types used this list (for example Steve Albini would often pitch in) and it was a great way of finding out about new music that wasn’t necessarily being covered anywhere else. There was an Irish guy, who lived in Holland at the time (I’ve forgotten his name), who regularly contributed lengthy analyses of obscure and fascinating-sounding bands he had unearthed. One of these was Fushitsusha: a Japanese psych-rock trio who were led by an enigmatic character called Keiji Haino. They sounded like an incredible proposition. Not really a rock band in any conventional sense, they mixed together free improvisation with scorchingly heavy guitar noise to create something else, something that was, allegedly at least, beyond rock music. (more…)

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I haven’t posted any new pictures up here in some time. Summer is a pretty slack time for interesting gigs anyway so I decided to take a bit of a break from it for a while. I did go down to Cork last week though to take down the exhibition I had running in Plugd, and while I was there I took the opportunity to photograph Orchestra Of Spheres who were playing at the Half Moon theatre. It’s a pretty cool venue for a number of reasons beyond the fact that it has a big stage, nice layout and good sound. Firstly, it has giant gargoyles sitting on top of the speaker stacks. Every venue should have this. Secondly, and of far more significance, it was the place that Guided By Voices played their one and only Cork gig back in 2002. I wish I hadn’t been told this, because even as I was sitting on the balcony thoroughly enjoying the completely intoxicating psychedelic tribal party music of Orchestra Of Spheres, I kept imagining that it was Robert Pollard down there singing Motor Away. Great gig though all the same, and thanks to Albert for this and many other things besides.

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This is Thomas Bartlett, Iarla Ó Lionaird, Martin Hayes, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dennis Cahill, otherwise known as The Gloaming, playing in Vicar Street a few weeks ago. An amazing gig and an amazing experience to be watching it all while photographing from the side of the stage. It was set up for me by Paul O’Connor at The Journal Of Music, who published the photo and also a short article I wrote to accompany it.  Big thanks to Paul, and also to Leagues O’Toole, Dennis Herlihy, Gary Sheehan and Iarla Ó Lionaird for helping make this happen.

The photograph above is also one of the prints that are in my current exhibition which is on view in Plugd at the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork. I went down last Thursday to set it all up and thanks are also due to Albert and Jim of Plugd for being so incredibly helpful and supportive. It’s going to be on until the beginning of July so do pop in and have a look if you find yourself in Cork city centre over the next few weeks.

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After having exhibited a load of these photographs last year in Dublin, I am delighted to say that the show finally hits the road with an exhibition in Cork that opens at the end of this week. It’s happening in Plugd records which is housed within the Triskel Arts Centre on Tobin Street. The Triskel is a wonderful multi-purpose facility that includes a music venue, the Black Mariah art gallery, a cinema, a cafe, a theatre space and more. Plugd records is easily the best record shop in the country at the moment so I’m really excited about having my work on show in that space.

The music venue at Triskel is also fantastic and the photograph above is of The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock playing there a month or two back. It is one of a whole bunch of new photographs that are going to be in the exhibition. My original intention was to largely reuse work from my Dublin exhibitions last year but when it came down to it, there was too much new stuff that I liked so much that I couldn’t leave out. So, there are shots of The Gloaming, Jello Biafra, Dan Deacon, The Ex and Si Schroeder in there too. The exhibition will be in place on Friday and will run until the start of July. More information here.

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