Tagged: B&W

“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams’ famous quote about technical proficiency in photography is more apt today than ever. Camera manufactures and photography ‘gearheads’ continue to peddle a narrow narrative concerning the importance of mathematically machined photographic equipment and its importance if you want to ‘shoot like a pro’. British photographer Pennie Smith has proven otherwise. Her iconic photo of Paul Simonon smashing his guitar on stage during a show in New York City in 1979 is a perfect example of the visceral power of an imperfect photograph that is perfectly flawed. It’s out of focus and grainy. A technocrats worst nightmare. Yet it became one of the most famous images in Rock’n’Roll when used as cover art for The Clash’s London Calling album. A fuzzy photo that captures the energy and vitality of life will always win out against a sterile photo that’s perfectly sharp.

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London Calling Album Cover © Pennie Smith

Interview with Pennie Smith via Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/showstudio-official/showstudio-punk-photography-4

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/

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

Thrills and Mystery from the Mobile Camera Club in Paris.

Delighted to have my ‘Doppelgänger’ iPhone image shot recently in Malta selected for the Paris Mobile Camera Club’s theme – Thriller and Mystery. As usual, some great work on display here from the mobile photography community dotted around the globe. Thanks to Nad iPhoneographer in Paris, and Roger Guetta in Montreal for the energy devoted to preparing and showcasing the work.

Doppelgänger © Sean Hayes

Doppelgänger © Sean Hayes

 

Alive and Kicking. Simple Minds @ Lotto Arena Antwerp, Belgium. Nov.15th 2015.

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Jim Kerr Simple Minds © Sean Hayes

 

Just uploaded a series of shots from the concert to my music photography tumblr site. If you’re a fan, I suggest a visit: http://seanhayesmusicphotography.tumblr.com

I remember seeing Simple Minds straight off the boat from Scotland at the SFX theatre in Dublin circa 1979. Kerr seemed shy and retiring. Still hadn’t found his ebullient stage persona. Then followed them into superstardom with an amazing concert at the Phoenix Park Racecourse Dublin in ’83. Blew me away – best band of the day. And they had competition; U2, Eurythmics, Big Country, Steel Pulse. The concert sound mixers did a great job in retaining the musicality of the nascent stadium anthems off their New Gold Dream album. Sound was pure and nuanced. Caught them again at various venues in Paris and Brussels during the late 80s and 90s. They were awful supporting the Stones at Wechter Belgium 1998 (Nobody’s perfect:). Then back to Brussels in 2010 and again last Sunday night in Antwerp. Simple Minds are very much alive and kicking after more than 30 years of writing, recording and performing some of the best music in Rock ‘n’ Roll. You probably guessing I’m a huge fan. And you’d be right:)

Ériu © Sean Hayes

I love shooting landscape in Ireland. The nuanced light combined with the etheric body of an ancient land almost guarantees interesting results. I tried to capture the special ‘atmosphere’ of the topology rather than classic picture postcard photography. Hopefully I succeeded.