Lately …

christine redmond photograph

Apologies for the quality of some of the images in this post. I wish I could blame my ‘second-best camera’ but the faults are all mine!

Last week, a couple of months into my photography course, I had a week off college. It’s such an aeon, almost the first ice age, since my school and student days that truly I cannot remember if half-term featured back in the day when I was last glued (not) to text books.

The photography course wasn’t forgotten as on two of the days I did work experience (ten days work experience is a mandatory part of the course) at Sea Change, an exhibition held at a pop-up gallery beside Dun Laoghaire’s People’s Park. The two exhibitors were photographer Christine Redmond and artist Ann-Marie Garvey. I was much taken by Christine’s strikingly beautiful photograph of a woman in a red swimming costume which she took with an underwater camera at Dublin’s Forty Foot bathing place. Sadly my pic doesn’t do her’s full justice.

 fallon and byrne dun laoghaire

Fortuitously, at least for me, a new cafΓ©/restaurant opened in the recently renovated Victorian pavilion in the People’s Park. So, I was able to breakfast there on my way to work experience. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this opening as the cafΓ©/restaurant is run by Fallon & Byrne and I am a fan of their city centre operation. The stylish new place has only been open seven days and already I’ve been there more times than is decent in such a short time span: twice for breakfast and once for an over dinner catch-up with my sis-in-law.

kathleen mccormick's baskets

Kathleen McCormick’s Scoibs

On one of the days that I was off I headed into the city centre to get my hair cut and when I had parked up I popped into the RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy) gallery to have a look at a set of moody, misty photographs by Gary Coyle which are currently hanging in the foyer.

pendant light shane holland

Shane Holland’s pendant light

While I was in the gallery I also had a look at this year’s Portfolio exhibition. The Craft Council of Ireland organize Portfolio. They say: ‘Portfolio actively works to grow the potential of craft makers across all major disciplines of contemporary craft.’ Getting into the Portfolio Collection is a big deal, there are currently around a hundred makers in it and thirty-one of them were exhibiting new work at the RHA.

cushions jennifer slattery

Jennifer Slattery’s Cushions

I am back at ‘school’ this week. Having handed in a couple of projects before the break I now have some new ones to tackle. Nothing too onerous but still and all I am wondering if continious assessment rocks as much as I thought it did when I first heard there were no year-end exams.

Note: Gary Coyle’s photographs will hang in the RHA foyer until the 19th December but the other exhibitions I mention in this post are over.


Filed under Craft, Musings, Photography, Restaurants/CafΓ©s

26 responses to “Lately …

  1. Well I guess with your artistic and professionally trained eye the photo’s don’t look good but I think they look great. The top one is really cool, what fun you must be having with this course.

    • Thank you so much. I love Christine Redmond’s image of the lady in the red swimming costume, it’s really striking when hanging alone on the white wall. I was disappointed with the photos I took in the gallery as the light was poor and I didn’t have a tripod with me so I wasn’t able to take them at a slower shutter speed. I am pleased I am learning all these things as the course goes along.

  2. Sounds like life is very rich and full at the moment. The bathing costume photo is lovely.

  3. I love your replica of the underwater picture, how unique! It sounds like you had a lovely break. You’ve been putting alot of work into this course! It’s been so much fun to hear your updates.

    • Thank you Heather, yes I had a lovely break. I think I need to put a little more work into the course, a couple of project hand-in-dates are looming so I need to put my head down and get on with it. πŸ˜‰

  4. I had to google Christine Redmond – great images! However, the one above is truly exceptionally outstanding. Love that you have been in the cafe an inappropriate number of times πŸ™‚ x

  5. Lauren

    I’m jumping on everyone else’s bandwagon; I thought your photo is lovely, and it had the added effect of me wanting to know more about the artist. so you not only gave me eye candy but educated me.

    I would have thought continuous assessment was better than year-end exams but after reading your post, I’m not sure anymore, lol. I’m living vicariously through you at the moment. πŸ˜€

    • Thank you so much Lauren and I am sorry for the delayed reply. I am in two minds about continuous assessment. It’s great not to have a year-end exam but as soon as one project goes in we seem to get a brief for another one. πŸ˜‰

  6. Work experience as well as a course – I hope you put your feet up during half term! I love Shane Holland’s Pentant Light shot. Beautifully simple with lots of lovely lines.

  7. I love the chairs in the cafe! I could sit there for hours! So often the seats are terribly uncomfortable in restaurants. (Or maybe I’m too hard to please?)

    And I really love that you say swimming costume instead of, as we say here “swim suit.” I’m going to adopt your lingo, it’s much prettier and will make me feel cheerier when I’m getting into my swimming costume for my pool exercise. (I find the photo really beautiful, too).

    • Those chairs are really comfortable. The cafe is not far from the shore so it’s possible to see the sea as you are sipping a coffee.

      I hadn’t really thought about swimming costume v swim suit but I am glad you mentioned it as it made me think about the two terms. I too prefer the more archaic term. I hope you enjoyed your pool exercises.   🏊

  8. Ah, but you’re ‘growing’ as a result of it. πŸ™‚ That pendant light photo is pretty good. I can’t do lights to save my life! And is a ‘scoib’ a flat basket? Pardon my ignorance πŸ™‚

  9. where are you doing the photography course? if you need any help, drop me an email at; i might have few tips for the work experience πŸ˜‰

  10. I love, love the first pic! It reminds me of Brett Weston’s photography. Pure genius! πŸ™‚

  11. I know you must really be enjoying your photo experience. I know I am enjoying your photos. πŸ™‚

  12. I always enjoy it when you highlight a store, cafe, or exhibit. Looking forward to more.

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