After moving to Galway I joined a Facebook page called 100 strangers. The aim was to approach 100 strangers, find out a little about them and take their portrait. It has been really fun and gave me the idea to set up my 100 faces in Galway project.
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After relocating from London to Galway at the end of 2015, Andy & Michelle have found the West of Ireland as their new photographic playground. Here are a few photos which they exhibited in the Oughterard Mayfly Festival.
For Andy & Michelle there is nothing as fun as hiring a truck, stocking up on supplies and heading off into the wilderness in Africa. From being intimidated by mountain gorillas in Rwanda, charged by bull elephants in Namibia or silently stalked by a Leopard in Botswana, there is nothing as exciting as safari photography.
Here we see just some of their encounters along the way.
While never purposely aiming to travel to world wonders Andy & Michelle have hit a few along the way. With a list that is ever changing here are a mix of some new and old wonders of the world.
A last hurrah before the birth of their son, Andy & Michelle headed to the infamous Galápagos Islands for a wildlife filled 8 days aboard The Beagle, they had a little less time ashore then Mr Darwin but every minute was savoured. The Galápagos truly is a magical place teeming with wildlife above and below the waters.
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Andy & Michelle only really found an interest in documentary photography in 2011 when they took part in documenting the Royal wedding of William and Kate. This was in conjunction with Somerset House and the award winning documentary photographer, Jocelyn Bain Hogg.
Two of the photos shown here were exhibited in the Sony world Photography exhibition that year.
Shooting with a fixed 35 mm the aim is to capture the atmosphere of a place and the people in it.
Both Andy & Michelle have both always said they don't have the patience for landscape photography, but sometimes a place is so stunning it makes you be patient and wait to get that perfect shot.
Here are some of those moments that caused them to stop and wait.
Now living along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland, the sea has always been a huge draw for Andy & Michelle. The calming oceans of Zanzibar to the wild waves of the Atlantic can both take your breath away. As avid divers these photos are just a reminder of the world that exists beneath them.
Inspired by my image of the old lobster pots in Connemara I was intrigued by the idea of this old school fishing. Thankfully I was lucky enough to meet Tomas, a local lobster fisherman here in Barna. We took off to sea to create this story board. I chose black and white to capture the moody, wet and dull mornings which are common in the west of Ireland.
The Lobster sequence is the "Source" stage of our project.
Having gotten my taste for the sea with my Lobster shoot I wanted to get images of Oyster fishing. I met Jimmy from Maree Oysters Ltd and he was happy for me to accompany him in December when he will be catching Native Oysters. He invited me to visit the Oyster Bar in the Guinness tent at the Galway Races summer meet. I watched the behind the scenes prep, cooking and service and took this series of images.
The Oyster sequence is the "plate" stage of our project
Travelling throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas portrait photography became a fun challenge for Andy & Michelle. For some reason Michelle looks like she can speak the local languages but can only ever order a beer! Hand gestures and lots of smiles persuaded the people here to patiently pose and allow themselves to be photographed while they chatted away believing somehow If they spoke loudly enough they could be understood! A throw back to our childhood with French exchange students being talked at loudly in the West of Ireland!
Urban surroundings offer many challenges when photographing them. Light, angles and scale all need to be addressed and balanced to make a great photo. Done correctly and the intimacy and pace of a city can be uniquely captured.
The key to being an intrepid traveller is to embrace the journey. Sometimes It may involve driving in extreme heat on corrugated roads, flying in a four seater plane that shakes with the breeze or silently cruising down a hippo and crocodile infested river in a dug out canoe. It is at the point where back ache, nausea or fear sets in that Andy & Michelle would stop and photograph the scene. This photograph has frozen that moment in time so they would never forget the journey that got them to their destination.
Decaying buildings, streets and signs can make beautiful images. Abandoned areas like Luderitz in Namibua offer wonderful opportunities to photograph a once busy scene being reclaimed by nature.