2012

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] little month late, here’s some background on 2012, the video I made with the wonderful Nathalie about our year together. We shot this on our 5D Mark IIs and the 16mm-style footage was shot by Nathalie on an iPhone 4S. She has some wonderful shots from our trips over on her blog, which she recently revamped, so it’s definitely worth a look.

We cut the video on Final Cut Pro X on my 13″ MacBook Pro over three or four evenings with a strict deadline of midnight on New Year’s Eve. We got it done by seven or so and headed out to dinner to ring in the new year, knowing our project was finished and live – a lovely feeling!

Like pretty much all of my video work, it’s been added to my portfolio.

Film Shots

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hough I’m quite busy at the moment, I couldn’t help but try out some of the bells and whistles on my new site. Here are some of the film shots I’ve shot in the last couple of years.

I have a bag of undeveloped film I promise to get done some time this year. Watch this space!

Ballymaloe Cookery School

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]rowing up, I had the good fortune to visit Ballymaloe almost every summer. My family would stay in the cottages that were used the rest of the year as student housing for the Cookery School. We had access to the freshest, most delicious food, in the most beautiful surroundings. We stopped going when I was about ten years old.

I visited again once more in 2007, right before I produced my biggest project to date at the time, The Chronoscope. I don’t remember much from that family occasion, except a powerful feeling of peace I got from the place, my tense muscles uncoiling as I turned the corner into the grounds of the farm where the school, gardens and accommodations are nestled.

Nathalie had the wonderful luck of being gifted with a prize for a course, accommodation and meals for two in Ballymaloe this year, and we chose a subject we knew nothing about: seafood. We had both intended to take a lot of photographs of the food we’d be working with, but the course was impressively intense, so what follows is a more reflective post than I’d expected. I hope fish-centric culinary photos are to follow, now that I’ve upskilled, but you’ll have to do with this trip down memory lane with me instead. If it’s any consolation, I think the school in Shanagarry, Co. Cork is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland.

Leafcage

The Avenue

The Tree House

High Life

Cleaning Time

Courtyard

Pink Cottage

Bloom

Scarecrow Lady

Pink Cottage

Tennis Courts

Shell House

Geese

Chess

White

Flowers

Garden

Ferns in sunshine

Trellis

Hoverfly

Indian Statue Garden

A month or so ago I visited The Indian Statue Park and walked Victoria’s Way with some friends, a bizarre patch of Eastern culture with a tech twist in the middle of Co. Wicklow.

Passing a plaque dedicating the park to Alan Turing, you enter the park along a “Birth Canal” (ahem).

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Here there’s a large green area with a selection of statues in various poses.

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You can then enter Victoria’s Way, an almost hidden path through the forest, which comes out into clearings featuring very large sculptures. They are all evocative, some of them more striking than others.

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The clearings provided oases – quiet spaces where we reflected on the imagery without really intending to.

The park is easily accessible from Roundwood, cheap to get into and well worth a wander. I went back again a few weeks later with some friends and a macro lens on loan from Nathalie.

Textures

I don’t generally photograph with much of a thesis in mind, but here are some textures that I liked exploring.

Skies

Cobwebs In Sun

Wee Bird

Woof

Loll

Sunset

Wag

Head

Wag

Christmas Day

Icicles

Huddled

Wall

Snow

Big Sur

Treebones Sky

At the very beginning of January, Nathalie and I drove from San Francisco down to San Diego. Nathalie has some gorgeous shots from our stay at Treebones. I found myself hypnotised by the Pacific.

Growl

Pacific

Skies

Californian Skies

Treebones

The Grand Canyon

Several years ago I visited The Grand Canyon and discovered the most beautiful landscape I’d ever seen. I had only gotten my first camera (it was really quite a while ago!), so I struggled to do it justice, but given the vistas before me, it wasn’t tough to get gorgeous shots.
Road to the Canyon

A Grand Canyon

Beautiful Grand Canyon

Hazy Canyon

The Grand Canyon

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California!

LA Streets

Very soon (SO SUPER SOON) I will be visiting the sunny state of California with Nathalie. It reminded me that I’d never really been through my shots properly since being in the States earlier in the year with Shane (who has a great photoblog you should check out). Looking through reminded me of the benefit of time – I saw so many shots I’d missed on the first edit. Kinda tempting to go back through all libraries and pick out some old shots.

We started off in Santa Monica, an uncommonly lovely part of LA.

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Our hotel was right by the famous Muscle Beach.

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We then headed into the belly of The Beast, LA itself and Hollywood.

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Of course, LA is the home of a religion I am not mad about, but since it is so intrinsically mixed up with celebrity and the film business, I am still rather curious about Scientology.

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We found ourselves outside this place:

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And of course, we ventured in. It was a decidedly creepy experience. It is also the site of the famous meltdown by BBC journalist John Sweeney when making an episode of Panorama about Scientology.

We also indulged in taking in a little wildlife while we were there.

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We then hit the open road North and got some real heartland America stuff, which is always great.

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While I was driving, Shane snapped these:

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And of course, San Francisco was beautiful, and I didn’t take nearly enough photo’s. I plan to rectify that on my return.

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Oh! Rolling Hills of Cork!

Macaroons !

I hit up Cork with Nathalie last weekend and caught some of the sights and sounds of a city in Ireland that isn’t Dublin (I know, I didn’t believe it either, but Wikipedia confirmed it).

Corkonian Landscape

Briars (Maybe)

Look! Cows!

Look! Cows!

Suburban Non-Dublin Landscape

Cork Skies

Cork City at Dusk

Relaxin'

We also found time to go to the English Market – where they sold macaroons.

Macaroons

Macaroons!

Macaroons!

MACAFUCKAROONS!

MACAFUCKAROONS!

And cheese.

English Market Cheese

And fish.

Here fishy fishy

Salmon Of Knowledge

Roma: Piazza

The Choir

While taking a break from the traipsing around the Tavasere district to let our iPhones get their table on:

iPhones in Repose

We enjoyed some Limonade Naturelle – freshly squeezed lemon juice, with sugar, water and ice on the side for you to add to taste:

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We then noticed a disturbance the other side of the Piazza:

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And when we got there, discovered there was fun a-happening! A (probably) South African choir doing an impromptu performance!

The Choir