Posted in cameras, forfun, photography

plastic fantastic

okay.. so the current list of cameras is still increasing but at least it’s divided up. I have three sections Modern (film and digital), vintage (anything pre-70s or no longer in manufacteur) and toy (cardboard, plastic, bought for fun or build-it-yourself).

Todays camera: the Holga.
This camera is a pretty basic piece of equipment. it’s made of plastic, it comes with a plastic or glass lens (get the plastic one for softer photos). You can also get a whole range of coloured or shaped filters for added effects.

Why use a Holga: with the proliferation of digital cameras there has been a sentimental backwash towards film. No more so than the Holga as it not only uses film but used in it’s most basic form almost garuntees a bad photo.

hang on a sec? a bad photo? what? why??

well.. digital photos are almost perfect (technically speaking) you can instantly delete anything that’s blurred or comes out badly in any way. whereas with the Holga you can’t be sure what you might get and if you remove the inner shield you get light leak and some nice vinyetting on the photos. For some people it’s to give ‘heart’ back into the photos. For me it puts back the giddy antisipaction of waiting a week for the photos and discovering what you may have.

something I also love about the Holga is the fact that it uses 120 film (the same type as some vintage cameras) and gives square photographs. You can get 12 shots as standard or with a adapting mask you can get 16 slightly smaller ones.

If you use a nice colour film you can get an almost hyper-real other worldly feel to the photos. In short it’s for fun. It’s a toy. It’s the camera equivelant of just throwing paint on a canvas and getting mucky with colours πŸ™‚

you can buy them online via, in templebar through urban outfitters (bit over priced though) or on wexford street, Dublin in Gunns camera shop.

Posted in Event, photography

safe as houses?

saturday night and it’s a worrying sight when you live across the road. more so for the lads standing next to me who live next door.

One moment it was smoke the next it was a raging fire. the smoke was so acrid. the heat was unreal. even standing on the road you could feel it.

Posted in byphone, forfun, Out on the town

animal friendly?

how do we stop the death and trade of rare animals for trinkets? well here’s a novel idea. don’t kill them to wear them!


( I aksed him why he was wearing a live snake. He looked at me and said simply, as if I really should have know better, Β “because I don’t have a bed for him”. Fair enough! )

Posted in forfun

comment batch 1

(things I’ve heard or read and they made me smile, angry, sad, laugh or scratch my head)

“Random acts of syntax” -overheard in work

“when they finally come to destroy the earth. they’ll have to deal Β with you first” Β -from a song playing in a shop

“it leaves a bad taste in your head” -Daz

“i take full responsibilty for this and thats why the person responsible has been fired” -Gordon brown – as quoted on Have I Got News For You

from mitch Ben Hello Tweeps!

Posted in byphone, forfun

monster ink

my ‘other’ guilty pleasure. silly toys πŸ™‚

brought home from a happy meal. it’s from ‘alien vs monsters‘ the animated movie. which I thoroughly enjoyed “General. Do something Violent

He looks at me with his one mean eye and says DRAW SOMETHING

what other reply can you give except ‘by your command’

Posted in byphone, forfun


I took this last week and watching the shot of the newly discovered cloud formation on ‘haveigotnewsforyou’ reminded me of this photo and just how blissfully nice the weather was. come back sun. all is forgiven!

Posted in forfun, Uncategorized

a picture paints

a thousand words so why can’t I paint you..

well. hopefully I will be able to soon.

I’ve joined a painting class. Just one of the oooooodles of yummy courses going on in Dublin for summer. I would have LOVED to have joined the illustration bootcamp but found out too late. One course at a time! there’s also a few web courses going on I’d love to try.

but anyway. I took the painting course.

So it’s run by this wee polish lass who is just a blabbing brook of love of art. she was concerned about her english but given 3 quarters of the class are non native speakers it’s more of a help than a hinderence πŸ™‚

week 1: was discussion on composition and a while spent still life drawing. it was the first time in about 10 years I’d sat down to life draw. it was very enjoyable. I’d forgotten just how much I’d forgotten.. if you know what I mean.

week 2: discussion about colours and mixing paints. rest of the class was all of us working a one MASSIVE abstract portrait. delightfully messy