The room above is the officers Mess at Collins Barracks, in Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland. For those that know a little about Irish History this would list as an iconic location, now occupied by the Irish Defence Forces .The officers mess is adorned with fabulous paintings and other items connected with the location and its links to the events of the uprising led by Michael Collins back in 1916. I was there to cover the opening of the Cork City Sports International Athletics Meet, which takes place in July in Cork City. This cements my view that the Camera is a passport to all sorts of interesting places and people , a reason I enjoy press photography .
Fort Camden Meagher, Crosshaven, Cork. Birds of Prey exhibition .
The display was put on by Animal Magic Wildlife Rescue recently at the site and was open to usual visitors - I being one of them. Camden Fort Meagher is a coastal defence fortification very near to Crosshaven in County Cork, Ireland.. The fortification was built to provide defences at the mouth of Cork Harbour . Originally built in the 16th century, the current site and structures of the 45 Acre site (65% of which is underground !! ) , dates back to the 1860's. The fort was originally operated by the British Armed Forces, it was eventually handed over to the Irish Defence Forces in 1938. An amazing place and highly recommended for a visit, either if you are local or on a vacation to Ireland. The place is run by volunteers who reclaimed it back from nature, as it was a ruins for years to its current glorying opening to visitors in 2014. There is a wonderful Cafe with a veranda with seating looking over the Harbour mouth. historical reenactments take place occasionally in the parade square, again well worth a visit. The volunteers who give up their time during weekends during the Summer months are so committed to the upkeep and running of Fort Camden Meagher and so helpful to its visitors. They are also very well informed on its history and will gladly chat to you about this intriguing place..
Pictured at her Fund raiser " Time for Tilara Fund " with her family from Midleton , Cork. Tilara is a six year old, who was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy at the age of 12 months . Suffering chronic pain daily, her family are attempting to raise funds to travel to America to undergo life changing surgery, - SDR surgery. This is a complex Spinal surgical procedure which could enable Tilara to live a pain free life, with possible improved mobility . The cost of this operation and subsequent rehabilitation amounts to €140,000. Her parents Natasha and Stephen are hopeful that they can raise the funds in order for this treatment to go ahead. Having chatted to her family and indeed Tilara , a delightful child, together with her siblings, I wish them the best in their appeal and future for Tilara.
The event was very well attended by sponsors from both local and further afield .
Street photography is becoming more and more a part of my photographic existence lately. . Even though I have been taking pictures since I was a teenager , I am finding the lure of street photography more and more a feature of my work. There is something that appeals about wandering the streets of a city with a camera, one lens and an empty page . I use a wide angle lens, which requires you to be close to your subject, upfront and honest. There are techniques of covert capture of images and it can work. Shooting from the hip .. something sneaky in that I feel, although I have tried it and always come away feeling slightly guilty . But I do use it ( ! ). I prefer the second method of catching the eye of the subject and their approval before shooting the image.. or shooting and then getting approval after if it is a shot that you just have to get , in the moment. Rarely have I encountered resistance or disquiet about the method I use to get the picture and very often spend time chatting to my subjects for some time. ( sounds very royal !! ) .But, it really is a social experience. Like this gentleman above. He really was a talented musician and a charming character. He was playing some Classical music - very well and I found myself wondering how he came to be musically involved with the Violin. His instrument was a strange contraption, without a body to produce the resonance and sound , but the rest of the thing was very much a Violin with a Scroll at the top, a neck with four strings, finger board and then......things became a bit different. A kind of trumpet contraption was attached parrallel to the violin and actually produced quite a good sound , though it wouldn't be easily confused with the sound of a Stradivarius Violin,! I listened for a good few minutes.. little was said, He sensed that I was actually enjoying his music and having spent my younger years studying the Piano from about 8 yrs of age to 16 years of age and working my way up the Grades , the two of us had much in Common ..... As his routine came to an end there was good applause from those who had gathered around. They vocalised their appreciation of his performance . Then I took the shot. Not an award winner but the image encapsulates what I felt at the time and his character . A very rewarding experience and I walked away knowing that I had captured a good image.. And yes , he was rewarded for his performance. Thank you my friend..
Living close to Cork city has its benefits. It was a day for ' My Photography ' Having no other business on this day, I headed out to Cork City to find some interesting subjects and faces for some Street Photography for my own project ' In the middle of the day the light is harsh and direct, not the ideal for landscape photography.. ( although all rules have exceptions ) A better day weather wise, the sun was out and also having the effect of bringing people onto the streets, it would be good fishing trip ' for a photographer. Heading for Oliver Plunkett Street in the heart of Cork City Camera and one lens in hand, restricting myself to a wide angle lens on the Canon 5dMk3 Camera Body.. A 16mm-35mm 2.8 lens is a favourite of press photographers and Wedding photographers.. You need to be in close to your subject for dramatic shots, or step out a little to include the surrounding features. Either way, the lens was the ideal for my wanders around Cork. First off, I found these two characters outside Casablanca Barbers. They were I think taking selfies with their themed props to perhaps include on their Facebook page of other.. They were perfect subjects and were very happy to be directed for this image.
Over the last two days of May I covered the Cork, Allianz " Sciath na Scol Chorcaí " Finals at Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork City. This was on behalf of the Irish Examiner and Cork Evening Echo. It takes place each year and involves Schools around Cork taking part in traditional Irish Sport of Hurling ( Camogie for the girls. ) The children are up to the age of 14-15 and the two days are the resulting finals which are keenly contested and followed by the schools and of interest to the national press. As can be seen from the first image, this is no game for the fearsome. It takes incredible fitness and bravery to compete in the contest and I was delighted to be there to witness the event again this year.
Supporters at this years Cork Allianz Sciath na Scol finals.
AJ Photography - Sports - press- and P.R photography . Winners with their Trophies.