Galway photowalk @ Merlin Park July 2


While not strictly an 091 Labs-affiliated event, this was announced first on our mailing list and we will have several members attending. Anyone interested in the forest, the castle or photography is very welcome to attend (and your kids too), no matter your level of photographic advancement. Full details from photowalk.ie follow:

No better chance to photograph a ruined keep in a mysteriously misty, wet and rainy forest (because really, when isn’t it wet, rainy or misty here) is to be found than in Galway City on July 2 coming, from 10am-3pm. Attractions in the forest include the marvellously-intact Merlin/Doughiska Castle, the ruins of crofters huts and other buildings. And trees. Lots of trees.

Where are we meeting?

At the Supermacs opposite the entrance to Merlin Park, at 10am (map).

I have children. Can I…

Yes! Children are absolutely welcome to come to this photowalk.

The plan:

The plan for the day calls for a relaxed photowalk: Meet at Eyre Square, travel to the forest, take photographs, walk around and travel back to the city for either a late lunch or drinks. Photographers on all levels and interests are very much welcome to this event!

How to get there:

Galway’s Merlin forest, castle and hospital are long-established institutions that are easily accessible to travelers from both Dublin and Galway City. The hospital is served from Eyre Square by the #4E bus and is located on the main Dublin road just inside of city limits.

If you are travelling into Galway on the M6 motorway, exit left at the terminus and take the right hand exit of the next roundabout (map).

Contact details:

Email mark@bhalash.com, tweet @bhalash or call me (Mark) on 086 190 8088 for information, suggestions or directions on the day.

I’m making a note here: Big success!


A small big success, but none the less big for its smallness. Some people might call it a small success, but they aren’t thinking big. I mean, is a success a success despite its lack of success? Yes. Is a success a big success in the face of arbitrary declarations of smallness? Also yes. So in the wake of the big-big success of our Ignite event, the 091 Labs was a similarly big success of a smaller magnitude.

I had several photographers bowed out at the last minute due to sickness, Saturday-morningness and plain bad weather. Rumors were aswirl of a resurgent black death stalking down windblown Galway street, but 091 Labs, boards.ie and photowalk.ie combined to field nine walkers.

It was a fun day, really. I even had a moment of gear envy, a moment that was ironically centred around an assortment twenty year old and toy (Lomo) cameras! I originally wasn’t going to shoot on the day, but Oisin made a timely donation of 35mm colour film to save the morning.

The walk itself took a meandering route down under the Lough Atalia bridge, past (but not in because it was locked up!) Forthill Cemetery, around the east side of the docks, where, after a brush with a crazy screaming woman who I took to goading, we lazily meandered in the general direction of the Eyre Square Centre.

Photograph by Denis O'Donovan

Aside: The crazy screaming woman

The crazy screaming woman, henceforth CSW, was fun. We were photographing private boats on private property in a shocking and disrespectful of the law and upon CSW’s instructions we were to cease photographing, delete the images and leave the area immediately or face consequences. I’m very proud to say that the other photowalkers brushed her off good-naturedly and bit proud and a tiny bit ashamed to admit that I took to goading her and started photographing her. Extensively. CSW used language that did not befit her station as a regal matriarch of the dockside community.

My last view of CSW during a cheeky grin and wave over my shoulder as was furiously calling An An Garda Síochána to forcibly remove us. Crazy Screaming Woman, I salute you.

/aside

Photograph by Ken Folan

On the roof of the Eyre Square Centre we took some crazily-perched vistas of the city, surrounding hills and bay. Hugh especially bagged some really gorgeous shots of storms rolling in off the bay. I’m really shocked that we weren’t run off from the roof of the centre. Staff and public ignored us and residents of overlooking apartments graced us with friendly waves.

Up and down, over and through, back around….Shop Street and the Saturday market. Newcomer and new photographer Sinead – Sinead: Hello! – and Hugh both took their leave of us. Oisin, Denis, Denis’ wonderful wife Lorraine, Ken, Petra, anonymous Polish guy (I am very, very sorry but I do not remember your name :[ ) and I all broke for lunch at Riordans cafe.

After Riordans we took in the River Corrib, showers, the Waterside and, yes, swans. Swans swans swans. And then we went back to 091 Labs and collectively crashed out on the couches.

All of us who made it had a really fantastic, edutainment packed day for everyone who made it. If you want to explore more of the photographs from the walk, you can discover them on pix.ie by exploring the photowalk tag:

http://pix.ie/explore/tag/photowalk

Photograph by Denis O'Donovan

Photograph by Oisin Greaney

Photograph by Denis O'Donovan

Photograph by Oisin Greaney

Photowalk – tomorrow!


From the emails, tweets, and boards.ie post I’ve seen, tomorrow’s photowalk and photography talks both look like they will have an incredible turnout from the photographers of Galway and Ireland! While the weather may be unfortunately against us, with a Met Éireann forecast of showers with a chance of thunder, I’m confident that we will all have a great day. If the heavens do open up we can retreat to the plush comfort of 091 Labs and talk about photography.

My final route for the day is in two parts: Firs to start off down Lough Atalia Road, up into Forthill Graveyard, around the docks and down the Long Walk to the Spanish Arch and then Claddagh. On our return we will venture up through Quay Street and Shop Street, taking in some of Galway’s historic buildiongs and then back into the Labs in time for lunch.

You should all start gathering at the 091 Labs site, located at Exchange House on the Fairgreen Road at around 10am. My own direct contact number is 086 198 1097 and I encourage you to call me if you cannot find the building or need assistance with parking.

Hackerspace Week workshop: Writing Light


I’m only 24 slides in and I’ve already garnered a mention in today’s issue of the Galway Independent as part of their larger article on 091 Labs. This is a scary level of obligation.

On Sunday August 15 coming, I (email) will be at the Labs for a 6pm talk on the history of the camera obscura, the historical precursors of photography, the evolution of photography as its own art, the modern state of photography and what its future paths and perils might be.

Also: Build your own camera obscura to take home with you at the end of the night! Reenact your carefree childhood days with craft scissors and paper glue.

Admission and Pre-booking

Admission:
Members: Free!
Unwaged/Student: €8
General Public: €10

You can find the full details of this and 091 Labs’ other Irish Hackerspace Week workshops on our public calendar.

091 Labs: The Photowalk


Good morning!

I’ve been polling interest among Irish photographers for an 091 Labs-sponsored Galway photowalk after discovering that there is a very strong interest within the Labs for us to hold one. Out of consideration for other big photographic events going on throughout August, I am looking at maybe the middle of September as the day for this.

To quote directly from my Boards.ie post:

Since I’ve joined 091 Labs in Galway City, I’ve discovered that there is a strong internal interest in hosting a Galway City photowalk. I’d also like to submit that I could also offer a space, equipment and bandwidth for a on-that-day Photoshop symposium and all-around digital processing get-together. The workspace is at the Fairgreen and immediately adjacent to both of Galway’s bus and train terminals – we’re next door to one and across the road from the other. Cute bullet-point list of what I’m proposing:

  • The People’s Photography is on in two weeks, and it wouldn’t be fair to schedule another event for the week before or after. I’m tentatively offering up Saturday September 11 as the date for this photowalk.
  • The photowalk route would just be your typical wander around Galway’s city center.
  • 091 Labs is around the corner from the fabulous Radisson Blu hotel on Lough Atalia road. If there is sufficient I’ll inquire about discounted rates.
  • In addition to the photowalk we have a great, well-equipped computer workspace with projectors and lots of bandwith. I think a digital processing sharing session on the same day/weekend would be a great thing.
  • Share your workflow, tips, tricks and techniques.
  • Pub afterwards.