#AE22 Photo Gallery

I’m making the most of my media pass taking photos at the election count at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, for my own endeavours. But sharing them here out of interest. I’ll add more later tonight, but the rumour is that they’ll call time here at 10.00pm. Some fresh images from today’s continuation of the count at the Titanic Exhibition Centre: Final shots: Allan LEONARD (Mr Ulster) Peacebuilding a shared Northern Irish society • Editor @SharedFuture • Secretary @FactCheckNI • Secretary …

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Doing our part: Dealing with bonfires

Greater Shankill Alternatives, which is part of a co-ordinating initiative on restorative justice across Northern Ireland, hosted a workshop session that explored various aspects of the tradition of bonfires and the organisation’s approaches of engagement with groups who construct these structures for annual celebrations. The event was supported by Belfast City Council and its DiverseCity good relations programme.

Photo Gallery – West Belfast 1987 – 2003. Capture the present so those in the future can look back at the past…

The adage goes a picture is worth a thousand words and if that is true then I am looking over at at a cardboard box that contains an unseen, unwritten and unpublished 6 million word photographic document relating to life in West Belfast between 1987 – 2003. My name is Sean Allen and I’m a holistic therapist and I currently live in Waterford Ireland. Prior to this in 2003 I was a professional photographer in Belfast, covering Press, Advertising, PR, …

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Who was Robert Capa?

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough. —Robert Capa On 25 May 1954, the distinguished war photographer Robert Capa stood on a landmine in Indochina and was instantly killed. Though a pioneer of war photography, he wasn’t the first such photographer to be killed. You may not have heard his name, but you have probably seen his photographs. He made his name initially during the Spanish Civil War: Death of a Republican Soldier During WW2 he landed …

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Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography. Discuss.

20130517 Belfast Exposed

To mark its 30th anniversary, Belfast Exposed has organised an extensive exhibition of photographic work, displayed both at its premises on Donegall Street as well as at The MAC. The exhibition — Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography — “focuses on the growth of new, fine art documentary practices, more often produced for the gallery space and the photo book rather than for a press or media context”. There is also a large publication of the same title, written by …

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Street Photography – ethics, etiquette or free expression?

‘There is but one remedy for the amateur photographer. Put a brick through his camera whenever you suspect he has taken you unawares. And if there is any doubt, give the benefit of it to the brick, not to the camera. The rights of private property, personal liberty, and personal security – birthrights, all of them, of American citizens – are distinctly inconsistent with the unlicensed use of the instantaneous process.’ The Camera Fiend, Bill Jay, 1986 Beyond ethics and …

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Royal Observatory Astronomy Photographer of the Year

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 – and they have a free exhibition of the winning shots.  Personally my favourites are among the Deep Space category  [There’s a surprise… – Ed].  All the entries can be viewed on the Flickr Astrophoto group.  And it’s worth taking the time [6min 17sec] to watch the, unfortunately unembeddable, BBC audio slideshow of some of the winning images.  Wondrous. Pete Baker

Steam Tram on the Antrim Road…

…and other assorted images.  Spotted by Crooked Timber’s John Holbo.  “The National Library of Ireland is on Flickr, contributing public domain photos to the Commons.”  I’ve picked out a few. The first is a steam tram outside Chichester Park on the Antrim Road, Belfast, circa 1897. And some horse-drawn tram cars at Rostrevor, County Down, circa 1878. Finally a view of High Street, Belfast, again circa 1897. Pete Baker

History of Wales – redux…

If you have the great fortune (or life planning abilities) to live in this wonderful country then you can buy the Western Mail. Do so today because it’s the start of what looks like being a super series. If by ill-fortune, bad planning, or inconvenient romance you have ended up elsewhere don’t worry it’s on the internet!

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Atlantis and ISS in solar transit

Via Space Weather. “Yesterday (May 22nd) in Switzerland, Thierry Legault photographed the International Space Station (ISS) and space shuttle Atlantis passing directly in front of the sun.” He’s making a habit of this. The small image here doesn’t do justice to the astounding images he’s taken during the 0.49 second solar transit.  You have to go to his website to see those in full. Equally astounding are the images of a transit 50 minutes before Atlantis docked with the ISS.  …

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