Tagged: black and white

Capturing the human spirit. Photography by Christian Peacock. 

American photographer Christian Peacock has restored my faith in photography. Digital has reduced the human spirit to a polarised code – you are nothing but a combination of zeros and ones. Not true. Christian shot these beautiful creamy portraits with film. Old school with a touch of the old masters’ aesthetic. The people in these photographs exist. They breathe. They have lives. They have loves. They have triumphs and disasters. They are human. Humanity captured gracefully by a very talented photographer. In my book, old school is doing something real well; with spirit and passion. Christian should be proud of his old school credentials. Please check out his “Making of” blog and learn how analog photography changes the relationship between shooter and subject – the secret sauce that digital has all but forgotten.  Source: Blog — Christian Peacock Photography

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Bloomsday Family. Photos by Sean Hayes

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Bloomsday Family © Sean Hayes

Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. Many people dress as the characters and visit Dublin landmarks from the book. In this case, I photographed a family on its way to the Martello Tower in Sandycove where the opening scenes from Ulysses takes place. Shot with my Sony a7s. Post-Processing Adobe Lightroom.

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Bloomsday Family © Sean Hayes

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Bloomsday Family © Sean Hayes

3rd place Photo Essay 2015 Mobile Photography Awards.

“In Irish mythology, Ériu was the goddess of ancient Ireland. I love shooting landscape in Ireland. The nuanced light combined with the etheric body of an ancient land almost guarantees interesting results. My series of images of this mysterious land are an attempt to capture the special ‘atmosphere’ of the topology rather than classic picture postcard photography. Hopefully I succeeded. All images shot with the LGG4 and edited exclusively with the Snapseed photo app.” – Sean Hayes.

Link to winners page: http://mobilephotoawards.com/mpa-photo-essay-winners/

3 Honorable Mentions in this year’s Mobile Photography Awards.

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3 Honorable Mentions at the 5th Annual MPA © Sean Hayes

What a nice weekend. thx you @reservoir_dan and @mobilephotoawards and the ‪#‎mobilephotography‬ community for reminding me why I love doing what I do. 3 Honourable mentions in the Black and White, Portraits and Photo Journalism categories. Congrats to all the winners and runner-ups.

Link: http://mobilephotoawards.com/2015-mpa-results/

5th Annual Mobile Photography Awards – Black and White Results.

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Delighted to be among the honourable mentions in the black & white category of this year’s annual Mobile Photography Awards. Some great work here. What I like about B&W photography is that it strips back an image to its essentials. Texture, tonal contrast, shape, form and lighting are the building blocks of a photograph. Get all these attributes singing along in harmony and you could possibly end up with a great photo. B&W is the acid test of a photographer to create picture perfect images. Congrats to the winner, David Ingraham, and fellow runner-ups, who pass the test perfectly. A big shout-out to MPA founder (and talented mobile photographer in his own right), Daniel Berman, for his commitment and energy to make the MPA the success it has rightfully become since its inception in 2011. Mobile photography, and the very active talented community that make it so vibrant, is still in its infancy. Baby steps are turning into giant strides. Congrats to all involved.

Link to winning work: http://mobilephotoawards.com/black-white-winner-honorable-mentions-mpa-2015/

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Helter Skelter © Sean Hayes

Empathy for Emigrants. Photoessay by Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series @ Sean Hayes

In November of 2015, I had the privilege of accompaning Malta MEP Roberta Metsola to a refugee centre in Balzan, about 5km from the Maltese capital Valletta. I was commissioned by the EPP group to photograph Roberta on her fact-finding mission to improve EU policy on emigration. A very rewarding and enlightening experience. Emigration is a very divisive issue in Europe today. At the end of a political policy, there is always a human being. Whatever your worldview may be, I invite you to view the world through emigrants eyes. Thanks to the people at ZN for hiring me to do this photoessay and to Antti and his team at the EPP group for their support. And a big thanks to Roberta Metsola and her team in Malta for the warm welcome and help in getting my camera back. I inadvertently left it in a taxi on the way back from the shoot. In the same way there are no atheists in a foxhole – there are no photographers who have forgotten the Lord’s prayer after misplacing a camera without downloading the day’s photo session. Shot with a Sony a7s and edited with Lightroom and PS.

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Emigrants series @ Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes

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Emigrants series © Sean Hayes