Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Paul Fusco's "RFK" photobook

I was fascinated by the Channel 4 documentary, 'Bobby Kennedy: The Last Journey' about the photographs taken by Paul Fusco from a train carrying the body of Robert F Kennedy to his final resting place in Washington. The train travelled through miles of waiting people hoping to pay their respects and as the train passed,  Fusco photographed the people with a 35mm camera using Kodachrome film. The images have the wonderful colour that you would expect and a little motion blur which also adds a point of focus and stillness to the faces of all those people. The photographs tell the story of that day but also of that time and it was inevitable then that the documentary film makers tracked down and interviewed some of the people waiting to see the train that day in June 1968. The book has been beautifully produced with really great scans of the original slides. If I can find a place where the documentary can be seen I'll post a link.

Aer Lingus TV

After having won a recent pitch for Aer Lingus, Irish International art director Paddy Geraghty asked me to shoot a portrait of Aer Lingus cabin crew and pilot for a TV ad he was working on. We cast the crew from Aer Lingus staff and shot in the glass walk way at the new terminal 2 at Dublin airport.
The retouching was completed by Jeff bennett. For the techies among you, we shot on a Nikon D3X using the 14-24mm 2.8 lens and Profoto lighting.


Irish Examiner ad on teens' porn addiction

Fortunately we didn't need to buy 10 blow up dolls, just a choice of 2. We photographed 'it' in various positions around the hero of the piece and then Stefano Cherubini from Happyfinish in London put the images together for us. Lauren McCreery was the stylist who dressed the doll and confessed to being horrified by the fact that the uniforms were size 9-10!!! The final result is quite shocking but I'm glad to say the 48 sheet poster remained in place all over Munster without being banned! The art director was Nicole Sykes at Chemistry, Dublin.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Recent Work in France

I recently had lunch with my family at Le Caillau in a beautiful valley full of vinyards in the heart of the Cahors region in south west France. Chas and Caroline Sharp have restored an old vineyard and created a cafe, restaurant and gite. The happy coincidence of the visit was that they needed photographs of the finished accommodation in the the gite for their website and a number of on-line guides. I spent a lovely morning taking photographs and in the evening while I waited for the sun to go down over the view from the bedroom (see image above), the rest of my family enjoyed their dinner in the restaurant!

I also did a quick video of the place and the pottery workshops (see below).


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cara Magazine feature on the Irish horse racing industry

The new edition of the Aer Lingus in-flight magazine CARA is out today and I'm delighted to have  been commissioned by its new editor, Fran Power to shoot a series of photographs featuring key people involved in the Irish racing industry. We enjoyed two days of shooting at the Curragh in Kildare with a typical mixed bag of Irish weather. I would like to thank Lynda Fraher from Horse Racing Ireland who produced the shoot and worked with us throughout to help pull everyone together. Here is a selection from the spreads and a video of the shoot can be seen below.
A special thank you to Gary Carroll, Justin Carthy, Richie Galway, Lucy Stack, Jessica and Kate Harrington and Mariann Klay for giving us so much of their time.

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