Balader à Belleville on Bastille day

Aww

Aww

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 old friends, 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.

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.

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

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.

Clare Langan in Paris

Clare Langan photographed in Paris, May 2018.

Clare Langan photographed in Paris, May 2018.

Video artist Clare Langan is a national treasure, and I was very glad to get an opportunity to photograph her in Paris last year. I’d already seen her piece that’s currently in the Moving Woman show at La Galerie Danysz, but I went to see it again on Saturday. It’s so beautiful.

Galerie Danysz

Galerie Danysz

You can see other portraits of artists in this recently updated gallery.

Me and the Da

John Horgan

I had a quick dive into the archives when I was back in Dublin, and came across this portrait I made of my father to accompany an interview in Cara magazine about one of his books. It’s one of my favourite pictures of him, along with this one:

Me and the Da

Me and the Da

You can see other portraits of friends and family in this gallery.

The Ma and MacWeeney

Alen MacWeeney was my mother’s first boyfriend, but the relationship didn’t last after he moved to New York to become Richard Avedon’s assistant. He went on to have a stellar career as a photographer there, often coming back to Ireland to shoot a long-term project on the travelling community. I bought one of his prints of two traveller kids with the proceeds from the first script I ever sold, and it’s up in pride of place on the living room wall.

Alen MacWeeney photographed in Dublin, April 2019.

My mother Sara, aged 18, photographed by Alen. He added the image of himself looking at her and sent it from New York.

It was great to catch up with him when I was back in Dublin last week. He told me about the new biography of Avedon, saying “it reads like a thriller”. I’m halfway through its 700 pages, and he’s not wrong.

You can see some of my other pictures of artists in this gallery.

For Oliver

Oliver Stanley was a beautiful man, and a really great friend to me. He died, aged forty-one, on this day in 1995. Remembered with warmth, much love, and this dedication.

He’d be pretty tickled to know I was posting a picture of his arse to the entire world, all these years later. There’s a portrait of him in this gallery.

Flattery in Paris

We saw these two walking towards us, and I said “He must be in love”. “He must have done something terrible”, replied Nicole.

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I first met Nicole Flattery when we were both in the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris, and was really impressed by her clever and funny short stories. We did a portrait in the centre that became the author photograph in her new collection, which was given a rave review ("a highly addictive mix of deadpan drollery and candour") in the Guardian yesterday.

Nicole Flattery in Paris, 2017.

Nicole Flattery in Paris, 2017.

There are more portraits of writers in this gallery.