It’s been a nice surprise getting to photograph so many comedians in Dublin, and a nicer suprise to see them all together at the weekend for the Vodafone Comedy Festival. While the photos were relatively straightforward to get, the hardest part was tipping round everyone’s hands and avoiding knocking down the drinks of those who were sitting on the ground for it. Thankfully no fingers were stood on or beers flipped over during the comedy set, at least not by me anyway!
It was like stepping back in time to photograph Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, directed by Patrick Sutton at Smock Alley Theatre this week. This was mainly down to the fact that I’d photographed the same show in the exact same space in 2015, just when I was starting out as Smock’s in house photographer. I really loved working there. Every week there was a new and interesting production coming in, and each show had a freshness and originality that made them so engaging to photograph. I think I’d just bought myself a Canon 70D then, which felt like the holy grail of digital cameras for me back then. The gear I have now is a bit of a step up from what I had then, but running around and shooting what is quite a difficult show to cover, still felt the exact same. It’s not easy, but it’s another reminder why I love to do what I do and why I got into this in the first place. It was handy having two class actors in Charlie and Donal to shoot for over two hours, as well as Ger Byrne and Rex Ryan of course. It’s a really great show too, so I’d recommend checking it out while the run lasts, for info on booking, check out the link here
And I’m delighted to finally share a few photos from Anna and Kieran’s wedding day from a while back. They were such an amazing couple to photograph and kudos to to Virginia Lodge for being so professional in dealing with everything on the big day.
Arriving just after I’d taken the pics of Huun-Huur-Tu, I managed to catch something completely different, which was of course Australia’s Cut Copy live at the Button Factory. Having the camera I thought I’d take a few photos at the back of the venue, which can often create some of the most interesting photos of particular events. I kept with the 70-200 lens for flexibility, and lead singer Dan Whitford certainly gave it socks to the crowd, as well as his bandmate who for a tune or two wore a towel around his head. Pics below…