Monday, August 24, 2009

22nd Annual Open Air Photography

The 2009 People's Photography exhibition will take place this year on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th August 2009, from 10am to 6pm each day. The location for this unique, free event, will be the railings of St. Stephen's Green.

The People's Photography Exhibition is a unique opportunity to enjoy a showcase of striking images in a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Dublin city. This summer's event features a diverse selection of work from enthusiasts, clubs and international award winning professionals. Themes on display include landscape, monochrome, photojournalism, portraiture, creative, nature, analogue, digital and abstract. The originality and creativeness of the many imaginative displays will be greatly appreciated not only by those looking for a fun day out with a great atmosphere in the city but also by anyone who has a keen eye for all things arty. This exhibition is the ideal option to do something different at the weekend and what's even better, it benefits good causes.

This fun experience which has been growing year on year is open to everyone. Those with a particular interest in photography and creative imagery, will be pleased to hear that this year over 200 photographers will be available to discuss the work on display.

The exhibition is now a significant national affair and has become the largest photographic exhibition in Ireland in terms of both the number of photographers involved and the number of works on view. The event is run on a non-profit making basis. After expenses are paid, donations are made to charity. This year the Dublin Simon Community and the National Council for the Blind are the beneficiaries.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

International Day of Photography

Photography is not just about pointing and pressing the button. It’s a decision making process. But is also a plain fun and it helps you look much more carefully at the world around.

The word Photography comes from the ancient greek word: Photo, for “light”, and Graph, for “drawing”. “DRAWING WITH LIGHT” is a way of describing photography.

Man has been a maker of images at least since the cave paintings of some 20.000 years ago. With the invention of Photography, a image that would have taken a skilled artist hours or even days to draw could now be recorded in exact detail with a fraction of a second.

In the early 19th century (1827), Joseph-Nicephore Niepce of France (Europe), made the world’s first surviving photograph from the window of is house.

Most of photographs taken today are snapshots – casual records to document personal events such as holidays, birthdays and ceremonies.

Photographs are aslo used in newspappers, magazines, books and television to deliver information and advertise products and services.

Today Photography is reconized as a form of art. Photographs are displayed in museums and studied in Art History Universities.

The Camera is a lifeless piece of equipment until a person uses it. It becames a extension of the photographer’s eye and mind.

Photo by Maria Almeida