ECCG Visits the Giles Norman Gallery, Kinsale – 19/5/15

On Tuesday 19/5/15 a group of ECCG members fulfilled a long-held item on our bucket list when we visited Giles Norman, Ireland's foremost black and white photographer, at his gallery at 45 Main St, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

REPRO FREE Renowned photographer, Giles Norman, who hosted a reception and signing of his new book 'Ireland ?timeless images' at Hodges Figgis in Dawson Street. Picture. John Allen

Giles, himself, was on hand to show us around the gallery and we were eager to hear about his photography methods and workflow.

Having been heavily influenced by street photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau in his early years, he has adopted their style of 'travelling light' with just one handheld camera and one lens which is incredible when you scan his gallery and take in the wonderful images he has captured in this way.

He claims to be not concerned with the technicalities of photography so much as the composition of his images preferring instead to concentrate on what he sees through the view finder and capture the decisive moments as they happen.

Hanging in his gallery is this insightful passage:

Perfect Composition

"Every image we see, has its perfect composition and the closer we get to that the better the photograph. It's the difference between a bad photograph and a good one, a good photograph and a great one. It's the fundamental being of both landscape and street photography, the one thing you must learn, the one thing your camera can't do for you. My advice to any aspiring photographer is to concentrate on composition and let your camera do the rest. Most cameras have an automatic program mode, find it, use it, trust it. Don't look at your camera, look through it, because while you are looking at it, moving dials and changing buttons, the clouds have moved, the light on the sea has disappeared, the couple kissing are now talking, the photograph is less than it could have been, the image has lost it's perfect composition".

 - Giles Norman

Often times we are guilty of getting caught up in the 'gear' that goes with photography, mistakenly thinking that it is essential in getting THE shot. Not so and Giles is living proof of this fact.

giles norman group

Giles's first publication with Collins Press, a book entitled 'Ireland Timeless Images', was published to coincide with his 25th year in business and he is currently working on his next book, a collection of images of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

Many thanks to Giles and his wife, Catherine, for hosting ECCG at the gallery.

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Sunset/Lightpainting at Saleen – 16/5/15

Sunset-Lightpainting - James Brady-1

On Saturday evening 16/5/15, seven East Cork Camera Group members gathered for our weekly shoot, to explore the shorelines of Saleen and Lower Aghada for what turned out to be a very pleasant evening.

We began by setting off through Saleen woods, and set up for a sunset shoot on the northern shore. One particular item of interest in the picturesque scenery is a prehistoric tomb - Cromleach, or Dolmen called "Carriga Mhaistin", claimed by some to be the origin of the name Rostellan. Ros (headland), and dallan, or Dolmen. The Dolmen itself is approximately one thousand years old. With the sun low in the sky, some cloud cover and a low tide, some very striking images were captured.

Once the sun had set behind the headland, we made our way to Aghada GAA Club's grounds for our next venture, a light painting and off-camera flash workshop. Our subject for this shoot was a Folly Tower on the coastline facing Whitegate. This round tower, known as Siddon's Tower, was erected in 1727, and proved to be a very interesting feature for light painting.

With tripods and torches at the ready, we set about taking long exposures of the structure whilst adding creative touches of artificial light via torches, flashguns with coloured gels, and even green lasers. The creative juices were flowing and some brilliant images were captured, which can be seen in the gallery. Well done to all involved.

- James Brady

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Guest Speaker – Aerial Photographer, Dennis Horgan

dhorgan1The East Cork Camera Group welcomed Cork-based, professional aerial photographer, Dennis Horgan, to speak at our recent meeting at the Midleton Park Hotel.

Dennis, a former auctioneer, developed an interest in and a passion for photography and aviation as a teenager when he was given his first camera at the age of 18 so it wasn't a surprise that he eventually combined both into a very successful career.

Much in demand, Dennis's client list features Savills, Port of Cork Company, DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald, Bon Secours Healthcare System, Park Hotel Kenmare, Irish and European Ltd., Dromquinna Manor, PT Technologies Ltd., The Old Head Golf Links, Dunmore House Hotel & DAA Cork Airport, to name a few.

CTVFA-flyerHe has recently published his first book 'Cork - The View From Above’ which combines many of the photos he had taken of the county from the air over the years in over 256 pages. The book, which is a photographer's feast, has a forward by Jeremy Irons and you can read the Irish Times review of the book here.

Dennis presented a slideshow of aerial imagery depicting a fascinating visual record of Ireland’s most iconic landscapes, buildings and countryside including fields of baled straw awaiting collection, ancient castles and monastic sites, colourful cottages in seaside villages, urban sprawl and industry, as well as rugged coastal scenes and images of the Rivers Lee and Blackwater. All of the images were either taken from a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Dennis recounted his time spent in the skies, shooting through open doors while at the same time trying to keep the camera stable and waiting for the light to be just right before taking a shot.

dhorgan3Dennis is clearly very passionate about photography and aviation and his book epitomises that passion in addition to his love for Ireland’s natural landscape. After his presentation, Dennis kindly signed copies of his book for ECCG members.

ECCG wishes to thank Dennis for sharing his work and experience with us and we look forward to his next book which, we hear, may be in the works.

See more of Dennis's work on his website,


- Noelle Lowney