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Dublin Statues continued….

Statues: Sample Book Page

I’m really excited with the direction this project is going in!

A very talented friend of mine has kindly agreed to write a piece of text in connection with each statue’s  image.  She’s a playwright who has created some really amazing characters so I knew she would bring a whole other level to their stories.  I have always wanted to collaborate with her.  I’ll post the final pieces when they are done so will get to read each piece.  It’s a work in progress at the moment.  Here’s a sample above.

For the next stage, I have to decide on presentation.  I have been considering-book format OR ebook OR printed images OR sound and slideshow installation (as my sister suggested).  More to follow!


Dublin Statues (I get older, they stay the same age)

Robert EmmetAt the beginning stages of new photography project so I thought I’d share my idea. The plan is to photograph lots of the statues around Dublin. I’m finding them particularly facinating at the moment! I’d also been spending lots of time walking round Stephen’s Green. Now, stautues I had never paid attention to or seen before are popping up everywhere! I’d like to photograph them as if they are living portraits. I’ll try not to show their plinths. On the list is a stunning life size horse by the canal, a singer in the Iveagh gardens and James Joyce’s head.
So far, I’ve made one of Robert Emmet having a stroll through the trees. And another head shot of a strong featured man. I will see how it goes and post the results.Mangan<

Print Exchange Project 2013

Hi folks!
I’m very excited to be taking part in a print exchange project!  500 printmakers from around the globe will be taking part, each submitting 12 prints  from the same edition on the theme ‘The Drive Home’.

I’ve made an edition of 13 photo etching prints (incl. one for me to keep of course!) all 5″x7″.  Ten of which will be sent out as part of the exchange, one will go to the archive and one will be a part of an exhibition of all the work.  In return, I’ll receive a surprise package containing ten different prints!  Can’t wait to see what arrives. 🙂

The image I used is of a photo I took from the top floor of a bus in Dublin as it went through the port tunnel.

Here it is in stages from test strip to finished edition.  I don’t think I’ve ever completed an editon before so I’m delighted about that. Done and Dusted!

If anyone is interested in taking part or reading more, have a look at the website:

The deadline for signing up is the end of of today 170 out of 500 have signed up.  They are the same people who organise the Sketchbook projects that Amy is involved in.

Thanks for the encouragement Amy and Petra! xxx


The whole edition

All Packed up and ready for posting

Continue reading ‘Print Exchange Project 2013’

No Direction Home and other such Adventures

This is a long time coming.  I took 10 days off work in June and went to two festivals and to visit a friend in Doolin; of course I did what I usually do- I took between 3 and 6 cameras with me everywhere.  That’s a lot of photos. I’ve wanted to post some of the more interesting ones here, but,  dilemma!  Do I put them all in lots of separate little posts (for example, one that puts the emphasis on the new pinhole camera I made, one for Holga etc…) or do I put them in categories (for example, one for Doolin, one for Forbidden Fruit etc…)?  *SIGH*

This evening I say “FECK YOU, INDECISION!”  Be prepared for a long, rambling look at a very fun ten days in my life at the beginning of “summer” (yes Summer, you get inverted commas, for rain everyday does not a summer make.  Tut.) all in one post.  I am such a rebel.

*All the above taken at Forbidden Fruit with Holga SF, or Nikon Coolpix S3100, or a home-made matchbox Pin Hole Camera, made using these instructions.

*All the above were taken on Inis Oírr, which is the baby Aran Island; same cameras as before.

*Above photos of Emma’s wee house and gardens; all take with Pinhole or Holga SF

*Above photos taken near the pier in Doolin.  The waves were simply awesome.  I could quite happily have sat all day watching them.  I love moving water so much. Cameras: Nikon Coolpix and Holga SF.

*Above all taken at No Direction Home Festival at Welbeck Abbey, in Sherwood Forest no less.  A brilliant weekend, but the photos lie about the weather!  We got lovely sun, but did see a lot of rain too… Cameras: Holga SF, La Sardinia Sapphire Serpent (I am reading the Eragon Inheritance books at the moment- this is the colour I imagine Saphira’s scales to be…), the Pinhole and Nikon Coolpix.  I also had my Lomo Fisheye, but no decent photos from that.  Just too grey most of the time; it prefers more sun.

*A teashop in Bakewell, a village with the oldest mean age of visitor I have EVER seen.  We were babies compared to everyone else visiting that day.  Yes, we ordered some bakewell tart.  Taken with the La Sardinia using its bulb setting for the very first time (it’s my new baby). 





Back to Portraits

Hi folks!  Feels like ages since I’ve put up a post.  Thanks to this blog I have been pretty busy.  A few months ago I vowed to sort out a website, which I’ve now done!  It’s nice to have a bit of pressure. is up and running.  All the photos and prints are for sale and I’m hoping to change the variety of prints on offer regularly.  I’ve got my photos and prints up in two venues in Bristol at the mo.  Once I set up the first one, any subsequent ones were much easier as all the nervousness was used up in the run up to the first one.  I;m going to try to apply this practice to lots of aspects of my life!!

I’ve also been going back to portraits.  I’m pretty excited about this!  I used to take a lot of portraits but haven’t been using them much in recent years.  I’m going to try to use images layered with text etc and see how they turn out as etchings.  The first one I did was the print of Laurie’s kids.  There are 3 separate pics blended together in photoshop.  The current one I’m in the process of making is a pic of my Grandma with overlayed text from her husband’s writing.


New Views

Just a few Holga photos from the past few months, most taken from areas on my doorstep, in both Dublin and Wexford, that I’d never taken the time to visit before.  Boxes now ticked!

All the above from a walk on Bull Wall- I’d NEVER been there before- how’d that happen? Wexford, up Forth Mountain, we stumbled upon a mass rock on top of a hill.  Who knew?

A regular visitor to the Phoenix Park, yet I’d never bothered to wander close to the Papal Cross.  Tisk.

Check out the Hegarty sign- this building suffered a fire and had to be demolished for safety, and the demolition crew put their advertising board ON TOP of a painting which was still hanging on the wall of what was once somebody’s living room… I came back the next morning with my decent camera to get a better pic (the Holga was all I had on me the day before) and this whole wall was gone.  Short lived.

Ok, the bottom one isn’t Holga, but figured it made a nice team-mate to the photo above (which was taken from a moving car).  It was the loveliest rainbow I’d seen in a long time, so full and vivid.  And so big that there was no hope of capturing it all in one photo.  Made me very happy.


Way back in January Amy posted about the Art House Co-Op’s Limited Edition Sketchbook project and begged someone to take part in it with her. I signed up. Slightly against my better judgement as I was already over stretching myself with various projects. Sure what did I only go and do a few months later but sign up for their Photo Response Project. Time is only a concept, right? Well, both projects are deadlined for Monday and I’m pleased to report I am finished them both and will be popping them in the post on Friday. Yes, yes, cutting it fine- but not as fine as some, hey Amy?

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