Cinemagraphs are still photographs brought to “life”. The Dublin-based creative team of Trista Vincent and Declan Byrne have commissioned me to create a suite of images for their Car’n’Stuff campaign for Liberty Insurance Ireland. Lots of fun. More to come. Click on images to see the magic. Source: Sean Hayes’s Photography Portfolio – Cinemagraphs
An honorable Chelsea Pensioner I photographed in London last year . Thank you Sir.
Link to winners: http://www.ippawards.com/2016-winners-portrait/
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
I was invited by Irish poet, writer and screenwriter – Patrick Chapman – to contribute cover photography for his latest collection of poetry; titled ‘Slow Clocks of Decay’. Delighted to do so. The shot selected is of a forlorn rose in my garden on a cold winter’s day. I admired its fortitude in the face of diminishing odds of surviving the north-easterly winds buffeting our garden and decided to capture the rose’s plight in photography. Admiration is also in order for Patrick’s latest work of poetry. As the sleeve notes succinctly states, Patrick’s seventh poetry collection succeeds in ‘Exploring universal themes through the lens of his remarkable imagination’. I’ve selected a poem from the collection that encompasses the transient themes of Patrick’s work. The impermanence of everything. If you are interested in discovering more of Patrick’s work, please follow the link: http://www.salmonpoetry.com/bookshop-search.php
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/
Bowie was a very inspirational figure for me. My adolescent love of art and music was made manifest in the figure of Ziggy Stardust. A visual artist who could sing rock ‘n’ roll. And could do both brilliantly. I created the above artwork for another online project but decided to post it here as my tribute to a man who was, even in death, a work of art. I built the image using the original photography of Brian Duffy (Aladdin Sane) and Johan Renck (Blackstar/Lazarus). I uploaded the shots to my iPhone 6 and, with the Photostudio and Picfx photo apps, I arrived at the artwork seen above. From station to station, from beginning to end, Bowie remained an iconoclastic artist. One can only aspire to be as inspirational.
Link to Brian Duffy’s web site: http://www.duffyphotographer.com
Link to Johan Renck’s web site: http://www.johanrenck.com
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:)
LG Electronics have kindly lent me their new G4 smartphone to test the camera for a project coming up later this month. I’ve being shooting with the LGG4 for about 5 weeks now and I must say I’m very impressed with its performance. It’s not the forum to go into a detailed breakdown of the technical features but suffice to say the 16MP rear-facing camera, coupled with a fixed F1.8 aperture, really does deliver remarkably high quality images. It also has the most powerful manual mode of all the smartphones out there. The portraits below were all shot using the LGG4 and processed with the Snapped photo app. I should point out that I only used the app to pump contrast a tad, converting images to B&W, and applying the tilt-shift tool on the colour portraits to add a shallow DOP – otherwise – WYSIWYG. I’ve been a committed iOS platform user since iPhoneography took off in 2007 – but this phone makes it seriously tempting to switch to android. The argument against the android platform by the mobile photography community has always been the lack of depth and breadth of its photo app offerings. This perceived weakness is no longer valid as the community matures and simplifies its approach and application of photo apps. The days of being excited by adding a coloured filter to a smartphone image are well and truly over. As the lines between what constitutes a smartphone photograph and the SLR variety continues to blur – this is the sharpest camera phone out there. Literally and figuratively.
If you would like to see more of my mobile photography portraits, please visit : http://seanmobileportraits.tumblr.com
To view more of my mobile photography, please visit http://seanmobilephotos.tumblr.com