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Grand Pocket Orchestra playing in WhelansThere are a lot of precedents for this kind of long exposure photography. I have already talked about Hiroshi Sugimoto and his stunning long exposures of the insides of movie theaters. I was familiar with Sugimoto’s work before starting this project and the initial idea was simply to do for music venues what Sugimoto had done for movie theaters. Sugimoto would open his shutter at the start of the film and close it at the end. I open the shutter at the start of the song and close it at the end. (more…)

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Great Lakes Mystery playing in Whelans

I spent two nights in Whelans last week taking photographs at their Ones To Watch 2011 festival. I took shots of a whole bunch of acts including Hunter-Gatherer, Thread Pulls, Cloud Castle Lake, Grand Pocket Orchestra and Miracle Bell. These will no doubt pop up on this blog soon enough but for now, the one above is of Great Lakes Mystery. This is a solo project by Gareth Averill, who has drummed with a whole bunch of bands. The blur in the middle is apparently actor Brendan Gleeson’s son (another one), who also plays guitar in the excellent Hired Hands. Here’s a track from Great Lakes Mystery.

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This is The Frames playing in Vicar Street just before Christmas. This was the second last gig of 2010 for me and it gave me one of the best shots yet. Vicar Street can be a bit hit and miss for these photographs depending on the lighting that’s being used but thankfully it was pretty restrained on the night of the Frames gig. I took some exposures at f22 and f16 this time in order to make sure I got the crowd as well as the band and it worked out very nicely. Exposure time is about 5 minutes. (more…)

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I just found out that I have been nominated in the category of Best Music Photography in the new Digital Socket Awards. These awards have been set up by a bunch of Irish music bloggers and the idea is that the public provide the nominations for the various categories and then a panel of bloggers act as judges (bludges?) to decide the winners.  Shortlists will be decided on in January sometime and there’s an awards ceremony in February where the winners will be announced. I think it’s a pretty good idea and I hope it will help to highlight all the interesting stuff that is going on in the music scene in Ireland that might otherwise get overlooked. I’m chuffed to get nominated. (more…)

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Commenting on this post recently, my buddy Dubh David Black said “You sir, have the eye!”. It’s always nice to get compliments like this but it got me thinking about what this actually means. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that it said something interesting about this series of photographs, though maybe not in the way Dubh intended. (more…)

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This is the fantastic Dinah Brand playing in Whelans a few weeks ago. Dinah Brand is a vehicle for the song-writing talents of Dylan Philips and I have to admit a bias here, as Dylan is a good friend of mine. I think we are all inclined to appreciate the things that our friends do, and sometimes it can cloud the judgment a bit, but I don’t think that’s the case here, as there really is something unique and original about these songs. They tell compelling and unusual stories, and do this with the kind of carefully crafted words you might expect from a band that takes its name from a character in a Dashiell Hammett novel. They are full of ambiguity and loose ends, and shift in meaning as you listen to them. They also manage to be quite moving, without resorting in any way to the kind of ridiculous emotional grandstanding that is the common currency of many a critically-lauded Irish songwriter. And it’s all wrapped up in great melodies, brilliant arrangements and superb musicianship. (more…)

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What’s number one on every one of those cheesy “How To Take Better Photographs” lists? Yes, it’s don’t take pictures into the sun. In fact, avoid the sun altogether. Go out in early morning or late afternoon and spend the bit in between eating, drinking or sleeping. The Spanish have it right. The reason for this is that light shining directly into the lens of a camera will cause lens flare. You would think this sort of thing isn’t an issue when taking photographs in indoor places at night but weirdly enough it is. (more…)

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