Thursday, 13 February 2014

Two worlds...

Once again I moved with all my cameras to Olive Tree Studio for a few hours. Once again I was photographing yoga classes but this time  in a bit different way. That was over a week ago.
'Mother/child' and 'Partner' yoga - the theme of my latest session.
To get a context please come back to the previous article where all about Chroi Yoga/Christina Breen (my client) and Olive Tree Studio has been already said. Please click HERE.

This session as the first one was very well prepared in advance by myself and Christina. We met a few times to discus in details how everything should looks like. All this project is my first experience with yoga photography so it was important to know what exactly I should focus on while working on such a specific and very challenging assignment. 
Especially in my case - completely non-yogic person. 
What was important for Christina is my style of photography, her vision and belief that these two worlds /my B&W play of lights, shadows and forms and Christina's bright, mindful way to attain a state of permanent peace/ will work together perfectly. 
...And she was right. It works really well!
I created a series of photographs which shows many significant aspects of yoga represented by Christina as a professional yoga teacher.

We spent some time also after both session talking about every single photograph I edited out from all bunch of processed negatives. That was another interesting experience as we were looking at it from completely different perspectives having in mind mentioned two worlds /our private worlds/. 
There was a few photographs we had opposite opinion about but our conversation created  a really good way to understand each others point of view and find a 'way in the middle'.


...Also as before, presented photographs are just a samples. All series you will be able to see in-between other photographs on ChroiYoga new website soon.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

homage to Mies van der Rohe...

Wandering down the Baggot Street it is impossible to miss this structure. Firstly because of its controversial location (Georgian Street) and some shameful moments in its construction history - demolition of Georgian houses at 5am on a Sunday morning 1 April 1973 in order to make a place for new building.
Secondly because of its wonderfully geometric, dignified form.

The Bank of Ireland head office, designed by Ronnie Tallon, of  Scott Tallon Walker Architects.

It is a perfect example of modernist architecture strongly influenced by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of a few pioneering masters of modern architecture and his 1950s Seagram Building in New York.
Bank of Ireland HQ has even the same type of facade.

Despite the history it is truly impressive, very elegant and well constructed building with its beautiful minimalist details, brown coloured cladding and tinted glass. 
It consists of three blocks constructed between 1968 and 1978.

All photographs shows only external part as there is no access to the building right now. It is vacant since about 2 years when Bank of Ireland decided to relocate after about 40 years.

Technical info:

Sinar F2 large format camera 4x5 with Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S 150mm 5.6 and Super-Angulon 90mm 8.0 lenses, Fomapan 100@64 4x5 negative film.