Jessica, a portrait in Dublin
Hovering somewhere between a snapshot and a candid portrait, I really like this photograph. We were hanging out in the Temple Bar area in Dublin, late late in the evening after the recent workshops in Dublin. When it started to rain, we took shelter under the canopy in front of one of the many pubs there. As Jessica took the first drag of the cigarette, I playfully lifted my camera as if to take a shot, and she reacted with this suitable sneer. And I like the result. I even think it is the kind of image that would’ve worked on an album cover by The Smiths or Morrissey. Just one of those timeless vignettes of life. A moment and gesture that draws you in for a second look.
I intended to photograph the reveling sports fans after the Dublin vs Kerry game, and also just take in some of the late night atmosphere in the city. I didn’t quite capture any moments that Henri Cartier Bresson would’ve been proud of. The moments never quite seemed to gel in front of my camera. (It’s not easy sneaking shots with the Nikon D3 and the Fuji X100 struggles in low light.) Here is an image that I felt nearly made it …
… there is a “gesture” to the photograph as she leaned in to kiss her boyfriend on the cheek. However the moment isn’t supported and balanced in the frame by other elements. So in the end it doesn’t really work as a stand-alone image shot on the street.
All the other photos I took while roaming the streets in Dublin, are more records for me of what the city looks like. They would look new to my tourist eye, but nothing exciting enough to show to the world. But there is this photo of Jessica at the top, which for me, encapsulates some of the memories of this short trip to Ireland – random conversations with friendly strangers in the pubs, and having fun. Definitely a Dublin moment.
camera settings and details for both images:
1/40 @ f2.8 @ 3200 ISO
Nikon D3; Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 AF-S (B&H)
The camera was hand-held with the lens zoomed to 62mm and 32mm respectively.
image processing done with the RadLab action sets