Someone, somewhere stated that “Good is the enemy of great”. I’ve been fiddling with my new website for weeks trying to make peace between the two. A truce was called. Time to launch myself into my “second life”. Being an advertising art director for the last 25 years has been incredibly rewarding for me – but my real passion now is photography. When you are passionate about doing something, you tend to do it well, and it shows in the work. Hopefully, my passion for photography will, in time, shine through. If you get a moment, I would appreciate you visiting the site and rummaging around. Please feel free to suggest ideas and thoughts about the site and how I could make it better. Good enough may be the enemy of great, but the will to get better is your best weapon in the fight to do great work.
Link to site: http://seanhayesphotography.format.com
If you would like to see more of my music photography work, please visit: http://seanhayesmusicphotography.tumblr.com
Kind thanks to David Milligan-Croft for his invitation to join The Boating Party.
Just received copies of a new book this morning from Irish poet, writer, screenwriter and dear friend Patrick Chapman. Patrick kindly asked me if he could use one of my photographs as the cover for his latest literary work. I was delighted to be asked. I’m looking forward to a good read over the festive period. Please check out Patrick’s link below for a complete overview of his writing and film work.
Trevor Hart, a Dublin-based, British-born photographer, has been working on a photographic book and exhibition project for the past two years entitled ‘Bare’. Countless artists, be they painters or sculptors, over many millennia, have approached the subject of the female nude with little more than an observer’s eye. Skillfully rendering and immortalising the intrinsic beauty of the female form in pigment or stone was all that was required. The female model had only a perfunctory role in the process – to posses physical beauty and nothing more. The personality of the sitter was rarely, if ever, present. What is interesting and different about Trevor’s approach is that he has photographed his sitters, not only naked – but much more intimately – bare as well. While not quite baring their souls completely, all the women photographed by Trevor have written accompanying text to express how they feel about their ongoing relationship with their bodies and why they wanted to be photographed naked rather than nude. Nakedness implies an emotional vulnerability that nude does not – and it is precisely this permission to observe their vulnerability that makes the images so compelling. In addition, rather than Trevor mechanically recording the beauty of the women on film, he collaborated intimately with each sitter in the creation of her final image; discussing pose, light and cropping during the shoot. As you can see from the photographs posted here, Trevor has captured the beauty, grace and elegance of the women with a beautiful painterly and ethereal light. An exhibition of the final work is planned for 2014 with large format prints from JIm Butler at Inspiration Arts Dublin. There is also a book planned, designed by Aidan Grennell at Image Now Dublin, that is currently on the lookout for a corporate sponsor, so that all proceeds can go entirely to charity. Could that be you? If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or have any other questions regarding the exhibition, please contact Trevor directly at the link below.
It’s competition time again over at the annual Mobile Photography Awards. Going into its third year, the MPA is an international open call for photographs and images created on smartphones and tablets with a Grand Prize this year of 3,000 dollars. I was very pleased to have received an honorable mention in the Landscape Category last year for my image ‘Harvest’ and I will definitely be entering work this year. It is a very well organised event and I recommend that you should consider entering your mobile photographic work. For entry details please see the link below.