Time for a break

16 08 2012

Closing time © Rory O’Toole

The whole damn place goes crazy twice
and it’s once for the devil and once for Christ
but the Boss don’t like these dizzy heights
we’re busted in the blinding lights,
busted in the blinding lights


It’s time to take a break from blogging

Thanks for reading, thanks for contributing

If you’re in Cork

Call into Naomi at the dark room

Check out Stag & Deer, exhibition makers

Make a fine digital print at RightBrain

Or just get out with your camera and have some fun

That’s it

I’m off

Ta ra for now

– Rory

Thanks to Leonard Cohen for the poem

first responders

14 06 2012

Hello everyone!

After an idle few months, we have put together the first eyesoup project. It’s a simple idea, and open to anyone with a camera and access to the internet! If you know anybody who would like to get involved, please let them know about this blog post.

The idea is to create a visual narrative based on a photograph. We will ask each each person to post an image in reponse to one presented to them – we want to create a photographic conversation.

The first photo is on the eyesoup tumblr – http://eyesoupfirstreponders.tumblr.com/.** This was a very quick pick, to get the ball rolling. Lets see where it gets to!

If you would like to take part, please email us saying that you would like to take part – eyesouper (at) gmail (dot) com.

We will send an email to the first person that responds, and he or she will have to respond to the first photo on the tumblr.

That person will need to respond with an image, which will be posted on the tumblr (the images will scroll sideways).

We will then email the next person on the list, and ask them to respond to the latest image, which will be posted on the tumblr, and so on

Each person will have a week to respond

And so on. And on!

Should be fun to see where this goes!

** I had an incorrect tumblr link when I first posted this – that’s the correct one now. Apologies to anyone who had a problem with the first link

Eddy Pula

20 04 2012

© Eddy Pula

So today the worlds best photo blog chose Eddy Pula for it’s occasional ‘random excellence’ posts. I’d never heard of Eddy Pula, but it’s the worlds best photo blog, so I always click through and take a look at what Mike’s noticed and brought to our attention. Sometimes the random excellence grabs me, other times it doesn’t. Anyway, I liked todays recommendation.

Eddy is shooting film square on old Rolleicords, Mamiyas and Crown Reflexes. Developing and printing in his basement. Kinda stuff we like here at eyesoup. The portraits he’s making are pretty cool. And his blog writing is entertaining too.

Actually, to counteract my previous Instagram post, he has a very funny take on the whole hipstamatic thing that made me think of pulling my previous post (I mean really, can I ever be taken seriously as a photographer, if I put the word out that I’m looking for a replacement for a phone app instead of making fabulous portraits on my RB67?!!!). This was Eddy’s take on the whole thing –

“… Posen (Sic) man, that’s the bullshit I hate. Hipstamatic, Instagram, whatever the kids these days are doing to make their stupid photo’s worse. Step 1, spend half a grand on a miracle of modern technology, step 2 take a picture of a palm tree/graffiti/tattoo/etc, step 3 apply canned curve masks to make it look like you shot it with a disposable/flea market camera that has been sitting on the dashboard of your car for most of August with a roll of CVS brand color film that expired before the tragic events of 9/11. Step 4 revel in your creativity. …”

Put me in my place!

I dunno if it will annoy him that I’ve posted a photo of his without permission though**. In another post he says “Half the stupid blogs I read just take others people’s posts, videos and pictures and paste them up every couple of hours.”. Except that I only write a blog post every couple of weeks (unless I’m feeling inspired), and a lot of the time I do post about interesting stuff I find on the net. More original content required?

Speaking of original content, keep an eye on The Dark Room at Camden Palace – dark room classes starting on April 26th! If you’ve never experienced the magical alchemy of seeing a photo appear in a tray of chemicals under a red light, then this class is a must! Pure original content – you take the picture, you develop the film, you make the print. No computer required! No internet! Just dark and chemicals and some focussed light … Click here for more

– Rory

** I’ll email Eddy and let him know

Hooray! Camden Palace darkroom!

6 04 2012

© Rory O'Toole

This evening I visited Naomi in the darkroom in Camden Palace Hotel. We discussed the classes we intend to run (darkroom introduction, and basic photography) over coffee. Then I spent an hour developing a roll of Kodak xp125, and then went and made one print, seen above. Having not been in the darkroom since last December, it was lovely to get back in again and enjoy the slow pace, fun and, well, sheer pleasure of being back in a wet darkroom. Sure, I spent 3 hours there, and I could possibly achieve more in front of the PC in that length of time. But if you love photography, and especially love a physical print, made by hand, with chemicals, light and dark, then there is no better way of spending a few hours. I came home with a technically imperfect but still beautiful print. There’s a lenght of film containing 36 frames, hanging in the drying cabinet for me when I go in next week, and a lovely calm soulful experience enjoyed along with a bit of gossip and a complete distraction from everyday life and the screen that draws us in. Hooray!

– Rory


18 02 2012

© eyesoup

Out of the ashes of Cork Analogue Photographers comes eyesoup.

Cork Analogue Photographers was set up back in 2008 by a group of friends with a shared interest in film photography. Though still friends, and lovers of film, times have changed, and we need to move on a bit.

These days smart phones have replaced compact cameras, and pretty much everybody is tweeting or FBing, tumblering or 500pxing. Photography and the sharing of photographs has become so easy an ubiquitous that even us diehard film heads are at it.

We’re not casting film aside, but we want to incorporate all of photography, instead of excluding the majority. We love photography in all it’s forms and just want more of it.

So we set up eyesoup.

We’re based in Cork, Ireland, and have friends all over the world.

We want eyesoup to become a little hub, a place to meet and chat, talk photography, and challenge each other. We will be running projects, online galleries, print exhibitions, talks, tutorials … big ideas! We don’t think we can do it alone, we’ll need help, and we’d love you to join in.

Film is still a big part of our future plans. There’s two new darkrooms being opened in Cork at the moment, for the first time in years. We’ll be talking more about them soon. But photography and art is not about film or digital. It’s not about the camera. It’s about light, and it’s about seeing.

We’re still in our teething phase, and the website is in it’s infancy. So far I have imported the old CorkAP blog posts, and written this one. So please bear with us and check in again over the coming days and weeks.

And keep taking pictures!

– Rory

In conversation with Rena Effendi

10 08 2011

by Sanda Galina


Growing up my first attraction to photography came through books from various documentary and street photographers. They grabbed me by my two pigtails and sent my childish imagination spiralling into a whole new world. Somewhere out there, beyond the green fields of my playground was another world, people of different skin colour, armed men, starving children, people living in the strangest ways.

And ever since I have been drawn to documentary photography. I have a profound admiration for photographers reporting on social issues, telling everyone their stories that otherwise would not be told.

I came across Rena Effendi’s work few years ago and have been inspired since. At the time her first book was just published “Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives along the Pipeline” in which she tells a story on people’s lives along the Baku-Tbilisi- Ceyhan oil pipeline through Georgia and Turkey. Story of ordinary people, struggling for survival, right next to a pipeline that is carrying all its wealth and energy to the West.


(c) Rena Effendi

I managed to get in touch with Rena to find out what inspires her work to which she graciously agreed to answer a few of my questions. Thanks Rena!
What is your main drive behind choosing a certain project?
Rena:The story has to have some global relevance and it has to be important to me personally. The best story is the one that chooses me.
How do you approach people you choose to photograph and what are the main qualities one should have to be able to build a connection between you self and the person you’re documenting?
Rena: You have to be open and honest; you have to be charming and also brave in approaching strangers. It’s basic human communication skills that are useful in almost every job. You have to understand your purpose and explain it well.

(c) Reena Effendi

 Have you stayed in touch with anyone you have photographed?
Rena: I have been back to meet some of the people I had photographed. But now I moved to another country (Egypt) and with constant travel it’s harder to go back to the same stories and stay in touch.
What is the hardest part and what is the most rewarding part of your job?
Rena: The most rewarding part is to go back with the images that then become part of your life. Every story and image add on another layer. For me, the hardest is the time before I go out on the shoot. It’s the anticipation and trepidation before the whole thing starts. And then I get sucked into the work and forget everything else.
What has been your most interesting situation or experience while taking pictures?
Rena: There have been so many different situations… Just last week I was chased down the hill by a 350 kg baby elephant, he was almost 2 years old and wanted to play. Photography takes me to places I would otherwise not find myself in, such as going 400 meters underground in the belly of the Siberian coal mine or enjoying a dinner cooked by the Turkish trans-gender sex workers.

(c) Reena Effendi

 What equipment do you make sure is always in your camera bag?
Rena: I have a Rolleiflex which is older than me by a few years. It’s a wonderful camera that I always take with me. I feel almost helpless without it.
I know you shoot film, do you develop it your self or brig it to a lab?
Rena: I have been working a lot in colour, so I use various labs around the world to process my film.
What makes you to shoot with film instead of digital?
Rena: Film pushes me to take things more seriously. With only 12 exposures on the medium format roll, I really have to think hard before I shoot. It’s about discipline. I also love the surprises of film, sometimes you have to trust the gods.

(c) Reena Effendi

 If you could have a master class with anyone you wished, who would be your ultimate photographer you would like to learn from or work with?
Rena: There are definitely a few that I would love to meet and have a conversation with. Unfortunately, most of them are dead now. Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon for instance. I would have loved to hear them talk in person.
If you could shoot anything and anywhere, what would it be?
Rena: In my dreams, when I am asleep. Sometimes there are wonderful pictures there.

(c) Reena Effendi

 How did it feel to hold in your hands your first book for the first time?
Rena: It was like when you come from a trip abroad, a country you’ve never been to before and you went there with your best friends and brought back memories, pictures and things you bought. And a few years later you find a box of all these things in it and you open it again and go through it. It feels nice.
What tips and advice would you give someone wanting to work with social and documentary photography?
Rena: Be patient, read more, look at other people’s work to see who is doing what, try to avoid clichés.

(c) Reena Effendi

To find out more about Rena’s work and see her beautiful photographs please visit http://www.refendi.com/  
Thank you,

Jeff Ladd

7 02 2011

Backi Jarak, Serbia, 2001, Jeff Ladd

I was wandering around the web and clicked and flicked through Tokyo Camera Style, my go to site for lusting after old film gear. In amongst the graphic gratuitous gear photos there was a link to an interview by Blake Andrews with 5B4 author and photographer Jeff Ladd

Jeff Ladd lives in New York City, where he is an active photographer as well as the author of 5b4 and a co-founder ofErrata Editions.

B: Can you briefly trace your photographic path? When did you first become interested in it? Was there any special teacher or photographer who grabbed you initially?

JL: My “path” in the medium was really stumbled upon. When I graduated from high school I had no real direction other than I was good at skateboarding. I was a bad student and the idea of college wasn’t really on my mind. A girlfriend of mine was attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City and she was the real motivating factor in my applying to that school. I had an “interest” in photography but not one strong enough to commit to a four year, and somewhat costly, education. My parents supported my decision but also sensed that I just wanted to be with my girlfriend in NYC and school was a convenient excuse. They were absolutely right. 

Read on here

– Rory