Our Dublin Photo Diary series continues with the remaining eight portraits of photographer Shay Hunston’s People Of Temple Bar project.
Earlier this year, I began a project to photograph and document, street by street, the independent retailers in Temple Bar, one of the oldest parts of Dublin. As each street was completed an exhibition of the photographs was staged in the shop windows. A collage of the photographs was also displayed on each street. The project helps to create a greater awareness and promote the businesses and streets in the area.
I started the project at the quieter, Christ Church end of Temple Bar, many of these cobbled and terraced streets such as Essex Street West and Cows Lane are unknown to most Dubliners (Cows Lane even has its own designer market on Saturdays) yet supports a rich and diverse range of businesses such as boutiques, restaurants, a bookshop, florist, bakery, design studios, the Gaiety School Of Acting and Smock Alley Theatre. When the project is completed, an exhibition of all the photographs taken in Temple Bar will be staged in the area. For more information on the project visit Shay Hunston Photography
Kevin – Dublin Ink, Cows Lane, Temple Bar. “Before I die I want to be a space cowboy and retire to a ranch on Mars and die there.”
Eugene – Connolly Books, Essex St, East, Temple Bar. “Before I die I would like to see a change of government within this state to a progressive left government that would actually care for and put the people ahead of everything else.”
Bob – the Gutter Bookshop, Cows Lane, Temple Bar. “Before I die I would like to be able to say thank you to everyone who has supported me through my life.”
Shanna – Cows Lane Designer Studio, Essex St, West, Temple Bar. “Before I die I would like to conquer my fear of heights so I can go rock climbing.”
Ada – Queen of Tarts, Cows Lane, Temple Bar. “Before I die I would like to rehabilitate mentally injured horses through natural horsemanship and holistic therapies and bear happy children.”
Norbert – Dublin Ink, Cows Lane, Temple Bar. “Before I die I would like to visit and experience something similar to the floating islands in the movie Avatar.”
Clara – The New Theatre, Essex Street, East, Temple Bar. “Before I die I would like to build as much human solidarity with other people as I can.”
Naomi – Find-Vintage Homestore, Cows Lane, Temple Bar. “Before I die I would like to visit the San Telmo, Flea Market, Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a pocket full of cash.”
Shay Hunston, a fashion photographer from Dublin whose ‘day job’ is capturing supermodels on runways in Paris, Milan and other fashion capitals, has decided to turn his attention to Ireland. His recent projects - People of Temple Bar and People of the Wild Atlantic Way - involve him taking black and white portraits of the people he meets. In each town, he will mount an exhibition of the portraits, by asking local businesses to display one in each of their shopfronts.
For the first in our Dublin Photo Diary series, we asked photographer Shay Hunston to talk about his People Of Temple Bar project. We’ve featured eight portraits in Part 1 with the remaining eight to be featured next week: Earlier this year, I began a project to photograph and document, street by street, the independent retailers in Temple Bar, one of the oldest parts of Dublin. As each street was completed an exhibition of the photographs was staged in the shop windows.
As part of our ongoing Dublin Photo Diary series, we showcase the best of Dublin based Photographers. This week we feature the work of Aidan Kelly. Having worked for such clients such as Mercury Prize nominee Gemma Hayes, Gavin Friday, Ruby works records, Brown Thomas, Jameson Irish Whiskey, U2, Sony, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Choice Cuts music with Candi Staton, Axis Ballymun for the Irish Arts Council, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Channel 4 UK with renowned playwright Martin MacDonagh, Oscar winning Fantastic Films, Ireland and many others, Aidan has certainly built a formidable reputation in the industry.
I blame my father. His Super 8 film projector got me where I am today. That, and his collection of one-reel highlights from all the great Disney movies. Since Cabra didn’t have a cinema anymore, I was forced to migrate... to Phibsborough. The building was once home to the Silver Skate Ice Rink, but to me it will always be the State Cinema - the jumping off point for a life-long addiction. The place where I saw Grease, Empire Of The Ants, The Cat From Outer Space and so many others. And then there was Star Wars, from which, I gather, none of us have ever fully recovered. There were times Phibsborough just wasn’t big enough. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Arnotts’ car park... sorry, formerly the Adelphi Cinema, on Abbey Street! In 1978, Superman: The Movie was a watershed. Outside of mass, I’d never been in such a huge building, filled with so many people. As John Williams’ music buckled my ears, I finally realised I was part of something far greater than myself.