It was a pleasure to work with local business Katie & Maud recently on producing these images of her new product line. I'm a great believer in the power of mindfulness when it comes to maintaining good mental health, so Johanna's products caught my eye when she first took a stall at Strandhill Market. I love the idea of these door hangers - a simple way to create a bit of space for yourself in a busy household.
I got to work with another of Strandhill's talented creative types last week. Noelle Healy's illustrations are beautifully drawn, adorable and often wickedly funny. I took some product shots of her brand-new calendar for 2015, which is both Chinese Year of the Sheep (certainly relevant to Sligo) and the Irish Year of Design.
You can order the calendar and lots of other gorgeous illustrations from Noelle at noellehealy.com, or, if you're local, you'll find her at the market in Strandhill every Sunday.
Last Friday was probably our busiest Social yet. Welsh artist and activist Tracey Moberly gave an hour-long talk about her career and experiences thus far, inspiring the audience with footage and photographs from her often tongue-in-cheek campaigns (for example, she's raced barbie cars outside the Saudi embassy in London to protest the Saudi women's driving ban). She's currently training for an expedition to the Pole of Inaccessibility (!) in the Arctic. It was brilliant to get the opportunity to meet Tracey, and for a small Sligo crowd to hear about her experiences.
After Tracey's talk, new film-and-discussion group Hidden Channel launched in The Model's Education Room with their first screening, Ladislas Starevich's 'Fétiche Mascot' (Duffy the Mascot, 1934), a Russian stop-motion masterpiece about a little marionette puppy that comes alive. (It was surprisingly un-creepy.) As ever, The Model Café served up plenty of tasty food options throughout the evening and the folks at Vinyl Culture kept the music going.
We spent the afternoon at Trá Bhuí in west Sligo yesterday. A brief window of dry weather in a dreary, rainy week in the West. I even got to break out the wetsuit & get a swim in. I also got to try some very tasty beetroot hummus & flatbread by new vegan / raw food venture Green Warrior from Strandhill which launched at the market there yesterday. Delicious stuff!
Mornings here in Glencar are pretty special. We're planning a trip up the mountain one of these fine days.
Here's what I've been getting up to this week: shooting the rehearsals of aerial dance company Fidget Feet's newest production, The Second Coming, in the Hawk's Well in Sligo. It was a great experience, if a bit technically challenging - a dark theatre, with fast mid-air movement and no opportunities to say "Hey folks, let's try that pose again!". Still, getting to grips with the technicalities was very enjoyable, and shooting with stage lighting is always pretty interesting.
I'll share a few more images over the coming days.
I've got to get more modern dance in my life. Better get my hands on the Hawk's Well programme...
We found this carcass on a recent hill-walk near our house. When we returned to the car, I was stunned to see a huge juvenile golden eagle, circling, harried by a pair of crows. It descended and landed near to where we’d found the carcass. I was simultaneously awed by the size and beauty of the eagle, and absolutely kicking myself that I’d left my telephoto lens at home…