Friday, July 31, 2009
Wow what a frign nite that was, i managed to score some insane tickets for U2 last Saturday in Croke park, we were in a restricted area so when everywhere else in the stadium was wedged to the eyeballs with smelly armpits, farts and people pushing you left, right and centre we had the luxury of only a few around us and the outside walkway of the stage only 2m away! When U2 came on the stage you couldn't help it but admire how far they've come from the late 70's singing to only a few school mates to now when the cheer was that loud from the 80,000 strong crowd you could hardly hear the opening tune, as Bono himself walked on the cameras projected his image onto the massive 360 screen above, Bono had a grin as wide as Coke park in amazement at the crowd which was great to see that even he was taken back by it all, they belted out the tunes for just over 2 hrs, it was a great nite
Friday, July 3, 2009
Even with the flat spell up here this is turning out to be an amazing first month of blogging, Surfer mag has just done an article on Ireland by Rusty Long in the Big issue which only comes out once a year, they have used a couple of my shots along with fellow snapper Mickey Smith, a big thanks to Mickey for giving me the opportunity to add a couple of shots and introducing me to Rusty's bro Greg and tow partner Twiggy Baker when they were over here, totally stoked. Over the moon that alot of the shots in there are of Fergal Smith as he really was the stand out surfer on the day pulling into some bullshit barrels, especially at Mullaghmore, i think it's a great feat to get photos in one of the top surf mags in the world, well done Ferg, congrats. Note to one of the photos of mine in there of Tom Lowe's brutal wipe out, Tom recovered well after his arm wrenching accident but now i believe he's gone and done it again but this time a SUP might've hit him on the shoulder to pop it out, i don't know the full story, only the guys there do so i'm not gonna make any assumptions, but more importantly get well Tom and looking froward to seeing ya amongst again soon
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
"Holy shit, you gotta be joking, is this a crank email?", was my first thought when i got an email from Alex Dick-Read at the prestigious mag The Surfer's Path asking if i'd be interested in submitting some photos for a possible portfolio, well hells bells yeah. As yas can probably tell i was over the moon about it all. I was like an excited kid waiting for Santa for the mag to come out. When i got the mag i was even more blown away, to see the preview in digi format is one thing but to see it on paper in the mag is just outta this world, all 12 pages of it all, such an honor especially when I was in the company of such greats as Gary Young and his bamboo boards, and the Long brothers along with their epic photos of the northern Teahupoo, so it seems fitting that the opening photo of mine is of Greg sitting in the channel at Aileens. Am really amped that they ran this photo cause it really shows the power and aggressiveness of Aileens.
So a huge thanks to all the surfers in my photos who have made my dream come true, and last and not least thanks to Alex, you're a legend, cheers mate.