In this time of weirdness and lack of travel, I have taken the opportunity to start going through my photos from previous years. You know the ones that get taken then sidelined when real life gets in the way for a while… we all have them!
Now I have started on the ones I took while I was out in our little red camper van in Ireland on the first leg of the Wild Atlantic Way. I did attempt some landscapes while I was there, the scenery was so spectacular I had to… but as we know they are not my strongest suit so there are a fair few alternative photos mixed in.
The ones I am going to show you here are from the first few days of the trip. There will, undoubtedly, be more to come.
Way back in 2018, there was a photography exhibition in Bristol that I really wanted to see. It was an exhibition at the Martin Parr foundation of some of the Magnum Swaps photos by David Hurn. David Hurn is a British photographer born in Wales and who became an member of Magnum in the 1960s and is considered one of the UK’s most influential reportage photographers. Over his career as a photographer he set up a unique arrangement where he swaps one of his favorite prints with that of another photographer. It started as a cheeky request as a young photographer and has grown into an extensive collection of extremely interesting photos from some of the worlds best photographers. If you want to know more there is a brilliant article here:Magnum Swaps
It is one of those things that you just have to go to see. Even if you have to drive 4 hours each way in a day. The opportunity to see these photos and hear they story behind the swap is not going to coma along that often, and 4 hours driving is not *that* much…
So up I got and off I went, finding my way across the country to the Paintworks area of Bristol where the Martin Parr Foundation gallery is situated. The gallery is a little off the beaten track, well, it appeared to be from a non-locals perspective, but once I found it, the exhibition was well worth it! The photos were (as expected) extremely interesting and varied, and (unexpectedly) there was a copy of one of the most influential photos from when I was growing up.
That photo taken in Tienanmen square. The one entitled Tank Man. That on its own was worth the journey. I didn’t take very many pictures in the gallery its self, it is not really on taking detailed photographs of other people’s work, just one or two from a distance, to remind me I was there 🙂
I did, of course take my camera with me that day, and the area around the gallery provided me with a couple of interesting shots…