The Genius of Photography.

Hi everyone.

Back a long time ago I listed a number of documentaries I recommended you to go and watch. This is one of them The Genius of Photography a multi part documentary. So I believe there are 5 episodes, episode 4 seems to be in 2 parts, each episode is around 56 minutes long and well worth a watch. ENJOY!!

Fixing the Shadows 1/5

Document for Artists 2/5

Right Time, Right Place. 3/5

Snap Judgments 4/5

Paper Movies 4/5

We Are Family 5/5

 

 

I’m now a Rugby Coach.

I began to coach a rugby team in Dublin, Ireland. I’ve been doing it since July 2015, when we began pre-season (mostly fitness and circuit training). It is the most rewarding and most stressful thing I’ve done.

I’ve learned to plan productive training sessions and pregame warm ups. The toughest thing is team selection. Who starts the game? who do you sub off and sub on? who misses out altogether? I’ve learned that subbing people on or off for the sake of it is stupid rugby. It is probably only necessary when you are losing by a lot or winning by a lot. I make substitutions based on who is tired, who’s under performing or having a bad day or maybe the player on the bench has something different that he can bring to the game and the player coming off just doesn’t.

The toughest thing to deal with as a coach is trying to get players and club members to buy into the team, its philosophy and the family that is created from that. How does one increase player commitment ? is that possible for a coach to do ? Is it ‘build it and they shall come’ thinking? how do you get players and members to physically and emotionally invest in a team so that they commit the necessary time, where losing a game hurts and winning a game is the single greatest thing in that moment.

I’ve more questions than answers at this point but as I continue to coach I continue to learn and understand, not only the game that is rugby but also I get an understanding of player thinking, their situation in life and how the club can fit into that and also help it when it can.

My plan is to update this blog weekly on our progress,

Thanks for reading.

Current Workout Plan

Back – (Tu) Weighted Pull-ups, (F)Bent over row
Biceps – (M) Weighted Chin-ups, (Th) curls
Calves – (M) Dumbbell Calf Raises, (Th) Barbell Calf Raises,
(Th) Seated Calf Raises
Chest – (Tu) Weighted Chest Dip, (F) Bench Press
Hamstrings – (Tu) Leg Curls, (F) Stiff Legged Deadlifts
Quadriceps – (Tu) Barbell Squats , (F) Barbell Lunges
Shoulders – (M) Barbell Military Press, (Th) Front Raises,
(M) (Th) Lateral Dumbbell Raise, (Th) Rear Delt Row
Traps – (Tu) (F) Barbell Shrugs
Triceps , (M) Close grip bench press, (Th) Standing Barbell Tricep Extension

Sets/Reps = 5 Reps/5 Sets
Split over 4 days
Rest ~ 90 seconds between sets.
~ 3 minutes between exercises.

(M) Monday , (Tu) Tuesday, (Th) Thursday, (F) Friday

Francesco Tuccio, The Lampedusa Cross

The last post I published which related to my current college work was in relation to Syria, refugees and structures/shelter.

I was listening to BBC Newshour one night and I came across a news piece about Frencesco Tuccio and how he had made crosses from the wreckage of boats that the refugees had used to cross the Mediterranean. I found this very interesting, not only did he use his carpentry skills to create an object but the object itself and how it related to the refugee crisis in a very real physical way.

A cross was commissioned by the British Museum

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LAMPEDUSA 20-10-2013 Franco Tuccio. (Skorpionpress)/. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to see a link to a press release from the British Museum.

Unseen

Well it’s been a long time since my last update.

The work below is from my current work at college. I started by reading about the Syrian conflict and the lack of material in the the newspapers here in Ireland. I began by looking to build a structure to display the articles I found in relation Syria and the refugees. I looked at structures in Syria so that the structure I build has some relation to the place I want to talk about.

Below is a Syrian Beehive house.

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With this structure, I began to try and create my own. Rather than just just build a similar one I decided to use the news articles as the building material. Below is a trial and error version of a beehive home built from newspaper.

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I used basic garden rope to hang the structure and create a frame for which I could build on. After this, I began to look at other structures from an origami book (the use of paper lead me here). The tent structure was the easiest way to go so I began with an actual tent, this was a little too obvious and far from my starting point. With this in mind, I pealed back the tent to reveal its basic frame. (See below)

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As you can see, I used washing line rope (blue rope) to hold the tent sticks together and give that tension required to bend the bars into the shape. I then used cable ties to hold the rope in place where it crosses itself.

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I used these materials becomes of their softness and minimalist look. I then took the newspaper and lay it on the ground in a formation (5,4,3,2) this created a triangle shape that was wide enough to cover the bottom and top of one side of the tent. It took 3 triangle formations to cover the entire tent shape.

I then painted the tent black so i could project a count up clock on the back and a projection of jumbled words on the left.

 

Front

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Left side

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While projecting on this side (left side) i created a rainbow effect over the shadow of the tent and on the floor, this worked out really well and was very captivating, the rainbow was a symbol of something better, something less dark the tent and what the articles represented.

The projection on the back of the structure was a cunt-up clock, it started at 000,000 and counted up to 432,164, this was the number of refugees that entered Europe in 2013, the clock took 90 minutes to count up and was on loop.

(Back projection image to be uploaded)

More images of the structure internally, showcasing useless and uninformative “news”.

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I am still working on this work, leading up to my degree show in June, this was part of the “unseen” exhibition, NCAD third year interim exhibition.