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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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Mail Order Messiahs playing in Whelans

Here’s a photo I took ages ago that kind of slipped through the net a bit. It’s a band called Mail Order Messiahs playing in Whelans last year, supporting Sleep Thieves. I don’t know why I disregarded it back then as when I look at it now I realise it’s one of the more interesting ones I’ve done in Whelans. As usual it’s an exposure of over 4 minutes but in spite of this the singer on the right is not all blur. He’s been caught multiple times by someone’s flash in the front row and hence several faint but sharp impressions of his head and body ended up on my film. There were a lot of photographers at this gig so this was happening quite a lot. (more…)

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song exposure [sawng ek-spoh-zher]: a photograph created by opening the shutter at the start of a song and closing it at the end

A friend of mine recently suggested that I use the term song exposure to refer to these photographs. At first I wasn’t sure about this, but the more I thought about it, the more I began to like it. It encapsulates pretty neatly what the basic concept is – in that these are in a sense photographs of songs, given that the shutter is opened at the start of the song and closed at the end. It also makes reference to the idea of the long exposure, which all these photographs also are. (more…)

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I am very excited to be able to announce that an exhibition of photographs featured on this blog will be taking place in Dublin in April 2011. It’s happening in the Fumbally Exchange, which is off Clanbrassil Street in Dublin 8, and runs for one week from Thursday 14th to Thursday the 21st. The excellent poster on the right was designed by Anthony Mackey. Exhibition details as follows:

Opening Reception

Thursday 14th April: 6-8 pm

Opening Hours

Friday 15th April: 11AM – 5PM

Monday 18th April: 11AM – 5PM

Tuesday 19th April: 11AM – 5PM

Wednesday 20th April: 11AM – 5PM

Thursday 21st April: 11AM – 5PM

Official press release is here

Directions to the Fumbally Exchange are below.

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Thread Pulls playing in Whelans
Here’s another photo. It is Thread Pulls playing in Whelans soon after Christmas – hence the unusual festive decoration on the back wall. As usual, this photo was made by opening the shutter at the start of the song and closing it at the end. I don’t have anything more to add to that, other than have a listen to them by clicking the SoundCloud link below. It’s good stuff.

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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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