The Arctic is changing. Summer sea ice extent this year was at its lowest in the satellite record as global warming tightens its grip. But change is relative. At their most hostile, the polar regions remain cold and forbidding: as photographer Dave Walsh calls them in his new book, “The Cold Edge” of the planet.
Walsh, who has traveled to Arctic and Antarctic multiple times over the last several years, launched his book with an exhibit at the Copper House Gallery in his native Ireland. “I wanted my photographs” – such as this iceberg, a bright blue as a result of ice being compressed for thousands of years – “to inspire people to not only fall in love with their home planet, but to start giving a damn and take action to protect it.” says Walsh.
Back in mid-October, The Straits Times in Singapore ran a double spread with my Cold Edge photographs, with the title “Knock ’em cold”. It’s good to see my pictures getting a run in Asia – so far The Cold Edge has gotten coverage in Australia, Europe and the US – next, Africa!
If you’re lucky enough to be in Dublin between now and September 29th, it looks as if you can’t miss Dave Walsh’s exhibition of polar photographs. As much as I love the back-lit screen, it seems redundant to say these must look spectacular in-person.
I’ve just found out today that, thanks to the team at Millennium Images, an image from my Bull Island series has been used as the cover of Tim Parks’ book, Teach Us to Sit Still. I have not read the book, or held a copy in my hand, but every review I’ve looked at today suggests that like my other recent book cover, Rebecca Solnit’s The Book of Migrations, I will be proud to have my photograph associated with Parks’ work.
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A portfolio of five of my photographs has been featured in issue four of the excellent Irish photography magazine The Shot. A big thanks to editors Karl and John who are masterminding the project; each issue showcases five photographers with five images each, and five hundred words to talk about themselves and their photography. The current issue includes an interview with Anthony Haughey
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In all my years as a writer, I’ve written many book reviews. But I’ve never before reviewed a book that uses one of my photographs as its cover. I’m talking about The Book of Migrations: Some Passages in Ireland, by Rebecca Solnit, which has been a joy to read, and an honour to become connected with. I was unaware of Solnit’s work until May 24th of this year, when I read her insightful article the Strauss-Kahn affair, colonisation and the IMF: Worlds Collide in a Luxury Suite. That afternoon, I received an email from Bob Bhamra, of Verso Books, asking me if he could use my image of the Burren for a new editon of The Book of Migrations. Serendipity. We cut a deal.
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I’m pleased to see that one of my Tasmanian Devil pictures has shown up in May/June edition of Sierra Club magazine, in an article called Sympathy for the Devils. UPDATE June 28th: This image has also been used by New Scientist article, “Tasmanian devils were sitting ducks for deadly cancer”.
My friend, distant cousin and co-conspirator Barry Kavanagh has seen fit to use my portrait of him – made on the fly one night in Dublin’s Long Hall pub, on the cover of the new Dacianos album, Fables for Another Time.
A recent addition to Dublin’s low-rise skyline and spanning the Irish capital’s River Liffey, the harp-like silhouette of Santiago Caletrava’s Samuel Beckett Bridge is a technical marvel bordering in Celtic Kitsch. These qualities attracted me and my camera – even to the point of doing long picture exposures on cold snowy nights. It’s paid off, with several of my images of the bridge now being used by Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTE, for a Lyric FM CD compilation of Irish harp music.
Im very pleased to announce that the Irish Labour Party has used my “Solar Power vs Fossil Fuels” image for the cover of its new Energy Revolution policy paper.
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Here’s some pages from Photographer magazine, Ukraine/Russia Jan-Feb 2009 featuring my Iceberg images from trips as blogger and press officer to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza in 2007 and 2008, to find the Japanese whaling fleet. The text is in Russian.
Believe it or not, some of my photographs of New Zealand were used in in Series 2 of the HBO TV Series Flight of the Conchords – as the rather misguided New Zealand tourism posters on the wall of Deputy Cultural Attache Murray Hewitt’s office. You can see the posters and my images here…
Ok, it helps if you read Spanish for this one – I’ve had an article published in the Spanish Lonely Planet magazine, thanks to Luis at Granangular. It’s based on my book, Haunted Dublin, published in October 2008. The article is basically a summary of many of the things in the book, with tales of black dogs, phantom cats, headless horsemen – even bodiless heads – and the murderous black pig that stalked the streets around Christchurch cathedral (above).
Here’s a photograph I just had published in the British Airways flight magazine Highlife. it’s accompanying a piece by Irish novelist Marian Keys. I hadn’t realised it was published until a friend was on a BA flight and stumbled across my credit beside the photograph – and then another friend sent it to me in the post.
This is an expanded version of an article I had published in 2006, as part of the programme for Conor McPherson’s play The Seafarer, currently being staged at the National Theatre in London. I was asked to write a piece dealing with the mythology of Howth and places in the Dublin landscape. I soon discovered a sinister relationship between some of these places…
Read More »To Hell or Howth: The Hostel of the Red God