NME, Tubs, new site & more!

20 11 2011

Since we’ve last spoken, or rather, since i’ve last had words with you (you mute dryshite, you) I’ve been selected from over 100,000 photographs to make the last 10 in the reportage category in the 2011 NME photography awards. It was great news for me. I couldn’t believe the e-mail when it came through, really. There’s the image above in all it’s monochrome glory on the lovely NME site. 

Turns out some people were interested in this development. So the Daily Mail got in contact about writing an article about the whole thing and RTE asked for a brief interview. And there I was, last Tuesday, talking to the Daily Mail reporters and Ryan Tubridy about the competition and the results coming out that night.

Sandwiched between Randy Rox and shite songs. Result!

‘Cept the results never came out on time…

They’re due before this weeks magazine hits the shelves, I’m told. Which is just as well. Me nerves are shot waiting to hear the news. I’ve been up every morning refreshing the NME page and checking it last thing before i go to bed. It’s a sad existence, really. But you couldn’t imagine what it’d mean to me. To go to NME and talk to their photographers would be good enough, let alone the Nikon camera that comes as a prize! It’d be phenomenal. In the space of three years to go from a student nurse to a photographer recognised by the NME is just amazing. But I don’t want it to end just there. Nah, I want to go to the top, baby! 😛

Anyway, I’m presuming the results were delayed due to legendary, hero man Danny North leaving the NME to shoot for Q, Kerrang and more with a different media group. So hopefully they get an equally impressive photographer to fill his boots in meeting the winners!

So there y’are.

Well, that’s not all that happened, actually. I was also chosen to have a photograph exhibited at the Ulster Hall, during Belfast Music Week, got selected to photograph new upcoming talent for TV and chosen as one of 12 Irish photographers to exhibit at the HWCH festival. Oh and I’ve updated the website. It’s still www.deadl.ie, cept it’s proper fancy now. And it should run nicely on ipods iphones, Ipads and the like now.

So yeah. A busy few weeks.

But enough about me. How have you been? Did you get that boil seen to in the end?

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Howth! (Again!)

31 07 2011

Better late than never! Here’s two shots from Howth taken this day last week. There’s some mad filtering going on here – a mixture of NDs, ND grads and then waving my hands about in front of the lens mid-long-exposure, when things got brighter. It’s probably the last decent sunset of the summer, so feast your eyes upon this, feel nostalgic for last week and get your winter coat back out – It’s August tomorrow…





Malahide

27 06 2011

       +20s . f/18.0 . ISO 100 . 46 mm

 
Here’s a photo from Malahide today. Will have to revisit this site at a higher tide – there was nothing going on, but dead crabs being tossed about by crows.

 





Portmarnock

29 05 2011

A drive to Portmarnock. That’d be fun AND relaxing. And it’d be a nice place to get some pictures.

Several hours later – having scaled wet rocks, nearly dropped my camera into the sea, been ambushed by a Mother Heron and then pinched by a wee crab, I gave up. I returned home exhausted, but with some decent landscape shots. Here they are in all their monotonic glory. Also, three posts in three days – and it’s not even Christmas! You lucky people, you.

These are only wee in size here, so if you wanna be truly gobsmacked and allow your retinas to feast upon some non-resticted sizes of these images, you should click them to see them in gorgous fullsize (and on a lovely black background, too)

I’m too good to you people…





Choice Music Award

4 03 2011

Carpet burns on my knees, two dead batteries, more caffeine ingested than I care to admit and 8gbs of photos. That was the Choice Music Awards for me this year. Two Door Cinema Club took the gong in the end (and gave the 10k prize fund to charity. Nice.), but that was almost immaterial. The Irish Music Scene is f*cking fantastic these days. Adebisi Shank were stomper, James Vincent McMorrow brought the drunk crowd to a silence, Fight Like Apes seemed to win over even Morrissey (Yeah, I know – he’s definitely following me) and Cathy Davey is like a cure for anything.

Anyway, here’s the pictures you were after I take it. There’ll be more from Adebisi and The Cast of Cheers in the coming days, but make do with this batch til then.

(Imelda May wasn’t there, she was in Australia or something, so you won’t find her here. Oh, and if you don’t know who’s who, just leave your mouse hover over a picture for a second and bingo-bango it’ll tell you. Technology, eh? Magics.)





The Cast of Cheers

12 01 2011

My project to photograph every important Irish band around continues with The Cast of Cheers. Plagued with technical issue (gammy flashes, broken remote releases and an umbrella adapter for a lightstand that disappeared during the drive to the location) I did the best with what I had. And it worked out alright in the end.

Taking promo shots at night is horrible – especially when you have one flash to work with and only a small softbox to use – in windy conditions.

Taking a band called the Cast of Cheers to an off-licence for a shoot might be a bit naff though…

 

Edit: Maybe this is better:





Christmas Cheer!

25 12 2010

What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a nomination for Music Photographer of the year? Yes indeedy, I’ve made the long-list for The Digital Socket Awards’ Best Music Photography category. It’s a bgreat honor to be nominated amongst some truly superb photographers and I can’t wait to see the shortlist. (My money is on either James Goulden or Ramsey Cardey, if you’re asking.)

To celebrate this achievement, and as a thanks to the staff of State.ie, Goldenplec.com and everyone else who helped me over the past year, I present the best of my 2010. Happy Christmas all.

Sean

(Enjoy) :