After several weeks of a plethora of material, I found tumblr a bit slowed down this week. No matter, maybe it is a good thing that there are less links to click through today. After all it is Easter, and you need your time to go egg-hunting. Here are the lucky 13 that made it into the list:
- First of all – happy Easter with richardbirdwitharmsitage
- According to sinnaminie, these three lads have also been dubbed as “the three tenors”. I’d call them “the six nipples”
- Nfcomics decides that What a Guy Wants, is trust. Dead last
- R-Armitage-characters-home is at it again with her series of jigsaws. Here’s John Standring
- All I can say is: The man is not called ArSitage for nothing. By applefia2036
- Seminal scenes from The Hobbit, summarised in some swanky sub titles by thoriinsacorn. I laughed out loud at this
- Lauraday61 posted a headshot of baby!Armitage that I had not seen before. Or is it a screen cap? Which chaRActer?
- And from the same source – I also liked this edit by Lauraday61. RA certainly gives *me* the butterflies…
- I am with the anonymous writer of this richardarmitageconfession – whatever happened to the Farber collaboration, huh?
- Two nice screen caps by richard-crispin-Armitage that adequately show my facial expression when perusing images of RA on screen
And this is me when I realise I can’t have Richard ArmitageTwo more screen caps by richard-crispin-armitage
- A study of forearms by myrichardtreehouse. Yum
- Man child? A richardarmitagequote that is quite telling
Since the list is a bit short, allow me to distract you a little longer with a surprising discovery I made today. It is vaguely related to the subject of this blog, so plow on, please 😉
There are a few fixtures in my calendar every year, and the annual exhibition in the Royal Hibernian Academy is one of them. A slow Good Friday yesterday was the perfect time to drop into the Academy which is located just around the corner from my house. I can actually see the building from my kitchen window. My first port of call is always the photography room, and as in the last years, I was not particularly impressed by the level of artistry on show in the RHA. Contemporary photography is currently suffering from acute lack of aesthetic originality. It seems as if the latest trend is random shots of undergrowth and bland, nondescript extreme crops which take away the wider context of the subject matter. Along with that comes a general trend towards muted colours, and what to me also looks like a blatant lack of skills. In fact, much of the imagery to me looked like camera phone snap shots, shot from the hip, randomly catching stockinged legs, various bits of uninspiring shrubbery and grainy fuzziness that masks its lack of originality and subject matter as commentary on the vagueness of early 21st century life. Imagine my surprise then, when I came across something familiar.
Spot something? Remember it? You might, from last year, when Irish actor Hugh O’Conor posted the image on Twitter, straight from the set of Pilgrimage in Connemara. I had no idea that O’Conor was a photographer, and I have to say that his imagery really stands up pretty well among the work of Irish photographers displayed in the Academy. In fact, I thought his work was among the strongest in the show – aesthetic, with a great sense of composition and colour, original in its own right, and displaying a level of effort that much of the other works of photographic art lacked, imo. Granted, he had the use of a ready-made set, with a subject who was dressed and accessorised courtesy of XYZ Films, and a Connemara backdrop that couldn’t be more stunning. But the image is beautifully composed – with the two slopes providing guiding lines to the horse, cart and man in the focus of the image, a faded mountain as the background behind the lake adding a 3D feel, and the wide expanse of sky looming overhead adding to the sense of calm that is communicated by the relaxed pose of the man. The scene takes place in the lower third of the image, exuding a classic rule-of-thirds aesthetic. And overall the image evokes the feel of a 19th century piece of art depicting rural life. With the mountains and the sky prominent elements of the piece, Irish painter Paul Henry comes to mind.
— hugh o’conor (@hughoconor) April 21, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe square format of the image adds to the overall aestheticism of the piece. It is a deliberately shot work of photographic art – not an instagram camera phone shot, as its initial emergence on Twitter might suggest. On the contrary, the format indicates that it is done on a Hasselblad (square images are typically the product of medium-format film), which is confirmed on O’Conor’s website. No doubt the fancy presentation adds to its appeal – and gives the work more gravitas and authority. O’Conor has chosen to mount his pictures on acrylic glass – a very costly way of framing a photograph, especially at that size, but one that displays the image crystal clear and accentuates the colours. It certainly did the trick for me – it immediately drew my eye, and even though there were other acrylic-mounted photographs in the gallery, O’Conor’s work stood out. (In my impromptu shot above you can see a second piece by O’Conor to the right of the Pilgrimage image. More beautiful work by him on his website – link above.)
So congrats to O’Conor for making it into the RHA annual exhibition. This is not an amateur event, but a prestigious annual show open to all artists who can submit their work for judging. More than 3,000 pieces of art are submitted to the exhibition every year, which are then put through a selection process by six Academy members. The RHA is “an artist based and artist orientated institution dedicated to developing, affirming and challenging the public’s appreciation and understanding of traditional and innovative approaches to the visual arts.” Incidentally, its first female member was an ancestor of Mr Guylty’s.
Maybe I should draw some strings and submit to it, too. I am sure I can rustle up a random shot of an overgrown hedge somewhere.
Happy Easter, peeps 🐤🐥🐣