Catching up on my portfolio. Just photographed a book by Brian Lynch called “The Woman Not The Name” which used one of my photographs as the cover. I’m currently going through my work so expect more over the next while.
I have been lucky enough to have been asked by the Knife for the use of one of my photographs for the promotion of their US tour. I feel very honoured, I’m a big fan of them ever since I first came to Sweden 11 years ago. If you live in the States you should check them out at Coachella. The live show is phenomenal. The link is here.
My good friends of M&E (Mathew Bolger & Emelie Lidström) had their first solo exhibition in Malmö on June 7th at Galleri Rostrum. It runs for the whole month of June. If you are in the area please head down as there are some great pieces on display and for sale. Particular favorites are the Masks triptych and the Diysco installation. I was lucky enough to get to photograph the pieces plus the opening, but nothing beats seeing them in reality. The gallery is below. Bands playing were Bodebrixen from Denmark and Goodtime from Ireland. A great interview is to be found by the couple on Thin Air.
I had a loan of some Bowen lights for a week. It was for a job taking some baby photos. I had so much fun with these, I’ve got to get my own. As I said before I had them all week and was messing around and then I realised I hadn’t used my Macro lens in a while. I set-up to try and capture my iris in detail, which I have always found fascinating. To capture my own iris took a long while. Very hit and miss. When I got the eyes down, I decided for posterity to get a nice photo of my moustache as I only just recently grew it back after a year sans. While editing the photos I came across the idea to put all three together to see what they look like and to me it looked great. Well the following morning I showed my wife who laughed and we decided there and then to get the family in on this. These were a lot faster since I was behind the camera. I hope you enjoy them.
I haven’t updated my blog in a while. I took a break, due to the fact my wife giving birth to my baby boy. All is good and he’s growing quick. The exhibition was a success. I sold a few of my paintings and received positive response from the owners of the space and from the public. I will be getting back into my painting swing shortly. I have a few ideas and themes. Possibly I will paint in colour. We will see how they turn out.
In the meantime, I am currently working on my portfolio website for my photography work. Which I hope to have up in the next month. It will be hosted on Cargo Collective so expect a classy feel.
I have also recently joined up with thethinair.net as a contributing photographer. It’s a new global music and culture website based in Belfast, N. Ireland. My first feature was of the artist Jape recording in his studio in Malmö. I hope to do a lot more features in coming month. The link is above this post.
On a side note I’ve been busy cataloguing all my analogue photography. There is a lot to go through but you got to start sometime.
My exhibition ‘Peeps’ went off without any real hitches. I spent the night before writing my biography and my motivation until 6am. It took a long while, longer than I expected for such a small amount of words. So I was a little bit stressed when I got up later that day to know that I still had two more pictures to frame. When I did it was 2pm. I was to be at the Plockepinn at 3pm. I had just enough time to shower before my very good friends arrived to help me carry these pictures across a snow covered town. It was a funny sight to see. Some of the people carrying the paintings, I had actually painted. It felt quite surreal. It looked like some sort of performance piece in itself. It reminded me of the Anthony Corbijn directed music video ‘Atmosphere’ by Joy Division. An instagram shot by Emelie Lidström will also illustrate what I mean.
When we arrived the look of shock on the cooks faces when a gang of Irish people storm into a closed restaurant in great spirits holding paintings was priceless. When the confusion subsided and the gang left it was time to hang ‘em up. Cian ‘the human spirit level’ Burke stayed on and lent me his time and advice, I got them up with relative ease. I was pretty chuffed and proud of myself considering this time last year I had never even thought of having a website about my paintings let alone having my first exhibition. I’m so glad I’ve done it, my first solo achievement. I guess there are only two ways to go from here. I hope I go the right way.
Well thats pretty much what happend. Thanks for reading, if you got this far. If you are in the Malmö area and would like to view the paintings in person while eating tasty food in good company go to Plockepinn Restaurang, Bergsgatan 29, Malmö. Thanks again to everyone who helped out, I love you guys. KRAM!