http://rebels-library.org/files/imagined_communities.pdf – need to read soon in for research about sociological change and communities – Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01973760801892449?journalCode=gvir20 – another theoretical read – The Pivot of the World: Photography and its Nation, Blake Stimpson. Continue reading Project Presentations // Feedback.
I found out about an Irish night which happens every week at the Three Tuns pub, Hotwells in Bristol. However, upon arrival and after hanging around for the evening, it appears that not many Irish people frequent this place. There is a folk band that meets every Monday to play, and I got the impression that the majority of the people there that night were … Continue reading The Three Tuns Irish Night, Bristol. Contact Sheets.
Although this was my third shoot within the Irish Centre, it was only my second proper visit to the Tuesday Club. Like before, I was heavily welcomed and made to feel very comfortable. I moved around different tables and spoke to many different people, waiting for a ‘bite’ from someone who I thought was interesting, and would be willing to let me make a portrait … Continue reading The Irish Centre, Digbeth. Contact Sheets #3.
I made sure that I focussed on a few people in particular, and learnt their stories. I am very pleased with how the portraits of William came out, both the full length shots and the closer head and shoulder photographs. I was really trying to channel the work of Spencer Murphy and Nadav Kander through these portraits, and I think the off camera gaze works … Continue reading The Irish Centre, Digbeth. Contact Sheets #2.
It was only by chance that I met with Sister Teresa one Tuesday afternoon, just as she was finishing up with the Tuesday Club. She was a very welcoming person, and told me all about the club that meets every Tuesday. They are older members of the Irish community that moved to Birmingham and the West Midlands in the 40’s and 50’s. Teresa was more … Continue reading The Irish Centre, Digbeth. Contact Sheets #1.
This series of images was taken during Gold Cup week which is a horse racing event at Cheltenham Racecourse. As well as taking photographs at the racecourse itself, I went back into The Shamrock. I photographed John, his wife and details of his clothing such as his Claddagh ring. I also documented some of the working men that were drinking in there, watching TV and … Continue reading The Shamrock // Irish Pub, Cheltenham. Contact Sheets #2.
It was only really by chance that I came across this Irish pub in Cheltenham. Whilst visiting my family, I asked in another pub if they knew of any Irish people that drank in there, and the bar tender recommended that I try going to the Shamrock located in the lower end of town. I luckily had my 35mm camera with me, so went along … Continue reading The Shamrock // Irish Pub, Cheltenham. Contact Sheets #1.
Clearly, it is evident from my initial proposal that I was more interested in looking at the culture of public houses or the Roots Reggae movement in Bristol. However, after researching into the Reggae scene in more depth, it became apparent that a lot of photographers had already looked at a similar scene, and I did not want to produce a project that looked like … Continue reading Updated Project Brief // The Irish in Birmingham.
After speaking with Spencer Murphy via email about my project, he informed me that he knew of some Irish people in Birmingham that might be good contacts for me. He put me in touch with Tessie O’Darcy, who is married to Con O’Darcy, an Irish man living in Birmingham with his family. She is not Irish herself, but is obviously associated with that culture now. … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Digbeth. Contact Sheets.
All images courtesy of Rineke Dijkstra, Beach Portraits. I came across Rineke Dijkstra’s work last year whilst researching for the studio rotation. I particularly like her deadpan style, and her use of natural and artificial light to create atmosphere. She manages to portray her subjects in an almost alien and isolated way, which makes me feel slightly uneasy. I think she is trying to subtly shock … Continue reading Rineke Dijkstra // ‘Beach Portraits’.