13 December 2008

Sweating the Small Stuff?

There were people yelling on our local TV about the Arts last night.

I went off to make more photos and communicate with the nice people who have
just Schmapped me.

Life is short.

Artists are well provided for in contemporary society.

Where are "The Arts" going, many of them ask?

Frankly, not only do I not give a damn,
the whole idea of bureaucracy and public funding
directing artistic expression seem so odd to me
that it's best not to think about it in the first place.

Lets just keep making "ART"...

11 December 2008

Cold Weather Has Its Compensations

Winter cherries are starting into bloom again.
They keep us going on grey days.

Cherry Blossom on Dublin Street

10 December 2008

A Warm Moment in the Gardener's Day

Red Hot Pokers in the Afternoon Light

William McKeown at IMMA... Not To Be Missed...

Last night we has an astonishing experience.

In the Baroque Chapel in Imma, William McKeown spoke for an hour
about his paintings and what motivates him.

If you have a chance, go to see the exhibition.
As the artist said, the work is in the silent spaces he finds
in memory and desire.


This is the first time I have heard a talk that seemed to ebb and flow
seamlessly with the images on the screen.

Many thanks to the kind people who welcomed us to this event
and who served mulled wine and fantastic mince-pies afterwards.

9 December 2008

Man's Search for Meaning

As I write, a male friend is wandering round the house looking for a map.

It could be a metaphor for everyday life in Cyberspace.

A great chat about culture, significance and freedom is unfolding
on at the moment.

Read, enjoy... participate...

And for those of us who would like to keep our heads above water
on Flickr, I have just written this:

Joining the various arts and science groups in Flickr offers access to many photos that are not the usual crowd pleasers, like flowers and landscapes.

People are chuffed when Explore winkles out one of their photos that has that
extra "something".

The only way I can keep track of my Explore activity is to key my user name or code name into the BigHugeLabs search. The people who post to my photos don't comment on this and Flickr does not alert you when you are "Explored".

This goes further than vanity publishing.
Flickr's tagging system has been compared unfavourably with, while there are many other new systems that are claimed to be even better. is getting some attention at the moment.

While this may seem to have little to do with the art of photography, SEO is increasingly important for anybody working in the commercial world.

If nobody sees your work, it may as well not exist.

Also, the geographical aspect, location, is very important on the Net. People look at photos that are culturally significant to them (see Barthes) with more insight and enthusiasm than those from "foreign" cultures.
Since Ireland has such a small population, anybody posting to Flickr may expect to have less hits, overall.

A tip to extend one's audience is to join groups in a foreign language, post now and again on a photo from the Far East, where photography is truly thriving and to a very high standard, and invite photos that you admire to groups where you are subscribed.

I very much like a group called "Mare d'Inverno" ("Winter Sea") where, since it is Italian, so much work looks as if it comes from a Fellini film. Also, Ireland is a remarkable place to take Winter seascapes."

7 December 2008

Invitation au Voyage