Cork Photowalk, July 2009
Along with thousands of other photographers across the globe, I participated in the Worldwide Photowalk by joining the Cork photowalk organised by Donncha O Caoimh. I’ve never participated in one of these walks and street/city photography is way outside my usual subject matter of landscapes, coastline and wildlife.
First stop was Cork’s English Market which was pretty much a trial-by-fire for me. Firstly, I had to find something to photograph and I tried to recall photos I’d liked from more exprienced street photographers. Also, there was no hiding and discretely snapping away — everyone could see exactly what/who you were photographing and I get pretty self-conscious photographing other people. I ended up mostly focusing of the food or engaging in some meta-photography — photographing photographers taking photographs.
Once out on the Grand Parade I was feeling a lot more comfortable and could start using subjects/styles I was more comfortable with. In this case, slow-shutter speed and panning with the traffic.
Lastly, I indulged in some more meta-photography as everyone was lined up along the bridge to see the last of the Lee Swimmers home.