Friday, November 12, 2010
Here is my first real film project. I shot it with homegirl, Aisling Farinella (www.aislingfarinella.com) for Irish designer Eilis Boyle (www.eilisboyle.com). It was edited by one of my favorite humans of all time, Fergal Brennan (www.mynameisfergal.com), the song is by Katie Kim (http://www.myspace.com/dancekatiekimdance) and the titles were done by brethren Conor & David (www.conoranddavid.com). On a random tip, every time I type the word "titles" and read back over it to check my spelling i always think I wrote "titties". Maybe it's time for bed now...
The Video is available here:
When I went for my interview to get onto the Documentary Photography degree in Newport my flight was booked by Mam in a travel agents on Abbey Street. Booking a flight online was still unheard of back then. The day before I was due to travel I got beaten up and had a tenner stolen from my pocket on my way home to my parents house from the Blanchardstown centre where I had walked especially to buy a copy of Thrasher magazine for my big day trip to Wales. So I arrived in Newport, with a split lip, a grazed face and a few bruises. I showed my portfolio to Clive Landen and a quiet German student called Tobias. They asked me some questions about my work and what photography I liked and then on my way out Clive asked me what had happened my face. I explained the story to them and a few weeks later received a letter in the post offering me a place on the course. I was never sure if they actually liked my work or if they just felt sorry for me because I looked such a state? Either way I got in and I couldn't have been happier. Turns out that the Tobias who interviewed me has gone on to make some incredible work which I discovered last Thursday in his book "Story/No Story" published by Hatje Cantz. Hunt it down and get inspired.
Delighted to be part of this exhibition/launch of Bare Bones issue 5! Cheers Niall and Harrrrrrry... If you are out and about in London town make sure you pop in and wreck the gaff. The photo I'm exhibiting is of a good friend of mine called Craig Questions. A young man obsessed with 80's skateboarding, insects and chatting up girls really badly.
Friday, October 08, 2010
Scion presents: Close To A World Below
Curated by French
October 16 - November 6, 2010
"Close To A World Below" is a group show that brings together international artists, illustrators and photographers from the UK, Ireland, Australia and the USA.
Past to future, familiar to unusual, normality to abnormality, mundane to extraordinary, non-fiction to fiction, reality to the surreal, an exhibition of artwork that explores parallel realities.
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 16 | 7-10pm
An International Exhibition featuring the artwork of:
Chrissie Abbott (UK), Derek Albeck (USA), French (UK), Richard Gilligan (Ireland), Izzie Klingels (UK/USA), Ashley Lande (USA), Murdoch (Australia), Marcus Oakley (UK), and Paul Parker (UK)
Complimentary Valet & Open Bar
Scion Installation L.A.
3521 Helms Ave. (at National)
Culver City, CA 90232
Gallery Phone: 310.815.8840
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 11 AM - 6PM & by appointment
There is also a short video clip about the show here:
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Friday, September 03, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Finally got my hands on the new Villagers record which I shot some of the artwork for. The album is really great as is Conor's hand drawn artwork. I've been a huge fan of domino records for a long time now so getting to work with them was a really nice experience. A hefty portion of my c.d collection growing up featured plenty of domino gems that have really inspired me so here's a few classic domino album covers for your viewing pleasure....
Rat was a skater I met briefly during the time I spent shooting a documentary project in Burnside. He was on a restraining order and had one of those tracker devices on his ankles which he seemed really proud of. His Dad worked as a painter in the area and would often stop by the park on his way home after a hard days graft. I had wanted to shoot a portrait of him for ages and this was the only night i shot with him. He seemed like an good, honest, hard working man. The portrait I shot ended up being one of my favorite photos from the whole project.
It's not that common in rural Ireland that you just happen to stumble upon a fully fledged handrail session in a small schoolyard in deepest darkest Wicklow. Myself and the ox were driving by to check out the new Arklow concrete park a while back when in the corner of my eye I thought I spotted a blondie lad attacking this rail.... We pulled over and turns out there were about 10 lads fully going for it on this beast. Goodtimes.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Come along next Friday evening to the opening of what looks to be a banging show with lots of amazing new work by amazing people in an amazing ancient old tenement house. did i mention it's amazing? this show is part of the PhotoIreland 2010 festival and to say im excited about it is an understatement. everyone has been framing work, scrubbing piegon shit of the floors and just generally putting in the hours for what promises to be a really strong exhibition. hopefully see you there.... (see flyer below for details)
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
I first met Questions skating in Stockwell a few months back... Non stop energy, weird repertoire of endless old school tricks that were invented long before he was even born, unfinished sentences, homemade tattoos and lots and lots and lots of questions. Hyper active is an understatement. Really good guy though and he makes this deadly zine called "Roadkill" with his mate Dan... you can check it out here: http://www.roadkillzine.co.uk