Im just in the door from having a little bit of a sneak preview of some of the work on show for this years FORM exhibition at Ballymaloe.
(from the Artistic Alliance press release)
The launch evening reception shall take place on the lawn at Ballymaloe House on Mid Summers Day – Tuesday 21st June and shall run from then until August 31st. The show is open daily from 9am to 9pm and admission is free. For 2016 the exhibition has attracted a superb list of artists from Ireland and overseas and encompasses the full range of sculptural disciplines. The line up includes John Coll, Jason Ellis, Redmond Herrity, Eileen McDonagh, Tim Morris, Elizabeth O’Kane, Patrick O’Reilly, Michael Quane, Martha Quinn, and Vivienne Roche to mention but a few. The artists themselves shall be in attendance for the launch night and thus offers a great opportunity to discuss their sculptures with them.
Refreshments shall be served on the front lawn at 6.30pm on Tuesday 21st June. There shall be an informal walk with the artists through the 90-piece exhibition. The event, which has gained great popularity over the years, is sure to attract a large audience again this year.
Over the years I have covered most of the coast on the south end of the country looking for surfable waves.
It's these wanderings that really developed my love for photography.
As the saying goes, pics or it didn't happen! So I would always tote a camera with me to prove to my friends I wasn't mad and there really were waves in some of these far flung locations. Over the years, it slowly started to becoming about the pictures and finding the waves wasn't as important.
I have been there once or twice since but in the middle of the day, or in the rain and it just had never really came alive for me as a image. So last week when I was chatting to another photographer friend of mine (the amazing Emma Jervis) and we realised we both had a Friday off, we thought the best way to spend our down time was going taking more pictures! (again, once you get locked into a serious image hunting, the tendency is to push it as far as you can....)
And I used accuweather to check the tides to make sure there would be plenty of water about.
Accuweater was also fantastic to check we would actually have a sunset waiting for us.
Interesting clouds, possible thunder storms, ideal day out :)
Next, was how long this was actually going to take as the last thing you want is to be running round like mad as the light drops trying to find the best possible composition. So the plan was to tip away down for early in the afternoon so we would be under no pressure and be well set for that golden hour.
While it is more about the journey then the destination, we still wanted to have time on our side when we got to that destination.
So as we pottered down a road I have travelled many many times, the van was pulled to a screeching halt. A field of wild flowers, a lone tree, mountains! If that didnt deserve some attention nothing does!
One of the benefits of travelling with another photographer? Photos of photos being taken!
So onwards we pottered.
And again is a photo really taken if you dont have a photo of a photo been taken :)
So onwards we travelled, all the while, watching the clouds build and wondering were we absolutely mad to have taken such a chance.
Short answer? No :)
The place is truly special, just an amazing geological formation that lends it self oh so well to the joys of landscape photography.
The area was always synonymous for copper mining and the rock really has some fantastic tones coming through.
I know I might be slightly biased, but I do love this whole Wild Atlantic Way bit.
The last few weeks had been a wee bit hectic, so, Monday with no real plan in mind I pottered west along the Wild Atlantic Way.
A quick coffee in Skib, a bit of a wander round Schull, and then out again til there was no more out.
Its a while since I made it as far as Mizen head, but its no less beautiful then the last time I was there.
As beautiful as it was down there it was gut wrenching to watch the mountain sides in flames as I sat on the pier in Crookhaven.
After many many miles over the last few days and many trips down little lanes and up paths for no other reason then I could, I was luck enough the amazing Emma Jervis came to meet me and show me how to find the Fairys and the Hobbits in Rineen woods, so remember, not all those who wander are lost.
I try not to be one for too much introspection. There is only so much you can learn from looking back and all that but 2014 was an interesting year in all sorts of ways and I think 2015 could be an important one, so before I closed off my 2014 images folder and opened my 2015, I had a look through and picked out a few images I liked.
So, in no particular order...
Back in July, my good lady wife was doing a course in the Leitrim Sculpture centre for a few days. While she was there, I had to occupy myself, so I took a notion and walked up a mountain.
Knocknarea had always interested me after hearing all about the mythology of it years earlier on one of my first trips to Sligo, so I thought I would go up and pay my respects to Queen Maeve.
Proper hot summer stuff. One of the hounds actually stopped bout the half way mark looking at me as it to say, forget it mate, your carrying me from here (but then he realised there were sheep about....)
And sur I couldnt go all that way up with out taking a a long exposure of a few rocks
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