Intimacy

So much of what makes a good portrait comes from a feeling of intimacy between photographer and subject. I didn’t have to try very hard with these two, just turned away for a moment to load the camera and when I turned back they were naked. I love the passion in the picture.

Heel, Boy!

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An outtake from one of the shoots in Dublin last week.

These two beauties...

Alicia Ni Ghrainne and Michael Kinirons outside Baltimore, West Cork.

…are getting married in Baltimore today, and I’m very sorry I can’t be there. Wishing them much love and happiness together.

A Dirty, Sexy City

At least according to Walter Benjamin, who described Marseille as “the world’s wickedest port.” I was only there for two days so didn't get to see much wickedness, but the city definitely feels much more exotic than anywhere else I’ve been in France. I saw some great art in Mucem and got lost in tiny side streets that could have been in Tangiers, and met some very interesting people like Dirk, a Belgian screenwriter and ex punk who wrote this piece of spiky New Wave that years later was used in a Prada campaign.

I’ll be back.

Landed

My first ever camera was a Polaroid, but it wasn’t as fancy as this.

Saw this at the Brocante in Rue de Bretagne today, and couldn’t resist. They don’t make the film for it any more, but I have some squirrelled away back in Dublin.

KWOO

Kwoo photographed in Dublin, May 2019, using  this filter.

Kwoo photographed in Dublin, May 2019, using this filter.

Last time I was back in Dublin I did some portraits of my neighbour Kwoo. She’s a poet, animator, performer, resident DJ for The Demented Goddess and all-round interesting person. You can follow her on Twitter here, and hear her mixes here.

Caoimhe photographed in Dublin, May 2019

Caoimhe photographed in Dublin, May 2019

Back on the mat

Haven’t been to Aikido for ages, so found a dojo in Paris and went last night. Despite a minor injury* and the struggle to understand the mix of Japanese and French, it was fantastic. Am aching all over today ( a friend calls it Ow-kido) but it’s very much worth it. I’ll be back.

*a sprained toe, thankfully mine. It would be very déclassé to injure a fellow student during my first visit to a new dojo. On the upside, I did learn a new French phrase**

PS: This is great - a demonstration of jiu-jitsu, an earlier form of Aikido, by the absolutely delightful Miss May Whitley and her bandit friend Mr. Charles Cawkell.

** “Mon orteil est un peu blessé”

** “Mon orteil est un peu blessé”

Heroes and Villains

It’s great to see when somebody I’ve done a portrait of is in the news for all the right reasons.

There’s a video of the rescue  here , and you can follow Tom  here .

There’s a video of the rescue here, and you can follow Tom here.

Tom Kennedy, photographed in Dingle for the So Far book. More pictures  here .

Tom Kennedy, photographed in Dingle for the So Far book. More pictures here.

Sometimes it’s for other reasons, however.

Rolf Harris photographed for the New Musical Express, 80’s.

Rolf Harris photographed for the New Musical Express, 80’s.

Try as I might, I couldn’t get past his well-worn cheeky chappie persona. Then I asked him to take off his glasses. There was only a brief moment before he put them back on and started gurning again, but it was long enough to see a very different side of him.

“There is a Jekyll and Hyde nature to Rolf Harris”- Sasha Wass QC, during Harris’s trial.

Lian and Grandad at the Glucksman

Lian in the Glucksman yesterday, photographed by her proud father.

Lian in the Glucksman yesterday, photographed by her proud father.

Congratulations to my sister Lian, who has some of her work in  The Glucksman gallery in Cork as part of their current group exhibition, “The Parted Veil”. It's made up of photographs she took of our grandparents' belongings in 2002, along with text from interviews with some of the family at the same time, and is up till the 28th of June.

A couple of years ago I was asked to contribute two portraits for the cover of the Hothouse Flowers album “People”. The first person I photographed for it was my grandfather.

Tim O’Driscoll, from the Leaders gallery

And the other person I photographed was Lian.

Lian Bell, also in the  Leaders gallery

Lian Bell, also in the Leaders gallery

Trois Mecs à Paris*

*Or as one of my sisters put it, “OMG where are you getting these absolute rides”, but I don’t know how to say that in French.



Living your best life

Filmmaker Audrey O’Reilly photographed in Paris, May 2019.

If I haven’t shot your author/contributor/profile photo, I’m sorry but you’re just not living your best life. Be more like Audrey.