RATHGAR HOUSE DOCUMENTARY

Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland

VICTORIAN HOUSE IN DUBLIN

Rathgar is a village in the south of Dublin with its origins going back to 1862. As far as I know, the south of Dublin and the Victorian houses  were lived by the Protestants rather than Catholics. Therefor wealthier families have always lived here. This house is about hundred and fifty years old, within a very close proximity to the house where James Joyce was born. It is a nice neighbourhood, safe, quiet, very green with plenty of gorgeous gardens.

This was the first project with a manual camera I had to do and the aim of it was to experiment with angles, focus, lighting, and still life. I wanted to document it in a style of 1940s. At least the way I think it was back then, with the slow pace of life. When people had the time and will to talk and to get to know each other. When they did not have to do hundreds of things in a one day. When they did not have to be perfect, trendy, successful, rich and famous. But they were ambitious, hard-working, well mannered and authentic.

There is a poem I studied in my primary school and for some reason, the mood in this documentary reminds me of it.

Czeslaw Milosz
A song about the end of the world

(…) And those who were waiting 
for thunder and lightning
Are disappointed.
And those who were expecting
signs and archangels’ trumpets
Do not believe it is happening now.
As long as the sun and the moon are above,
As long as the bumblebee visits the rose,
As long as children are born rosy,
Nobody believes it is happening now.

And only an old man with grey hair who would be a prophet
But he is not a prophet because he has another thing to do,
He says while tying tomatoes:
There will not be another end of the world,
There will not be another end of the world.

***

The end of the world has come to that house too.  It has been repossessed by Permanent TSB Bank and soon will be put on sale. All tenants have to be out. The banks have no mercy. For some, it is The End of The World.

Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland
Rathgar House, Dublin, Ireland

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

 

 

TANGO, MILONGA IN DUBLIN 2011

Tango-milonga, Dublin 2011

MILONGA EVENING

The third time I went with my camera for the milonga evening I was feeling well experienced and prepared.

Milonga dance incorporates the same basic elements as Tango but permits a greater relaxation of legs and body. Movement is normally faster, and pauses are less common. It is usually a kind of rhythmic walking without complicated figures, with a more humorous and rustic style in contrast with the serious and dramatic Tango. (source: here)

I had to check myself what a milonga is …

Tango evenings in Dublin were always more of social events for me. Great way to network. The Third Place as they call it in marketing. The kind of a place where one meets people who are not connected to the work, family or personal past. Conversations are universal, thought to require good social skills and some general knowledge to share with others while conversing. Unless one wants to talk about tango … but there is no point of bringing wood into the forest.

There happened a good few marriages in the group, few children were born and some painful break-ups too. Some left Ireland for good, some stayed loyal to the dance for years and years. People come and go. The endorphins keep bringing people together.

***

I am very happy with this shoot. A couple of tango dancers are standing still, concentrating. Silence before the storm. It is so relaxing. Every time I look at it, I am Zen.

Tango-milonga, Dublin 2011
Tango-milonga, Dublin 2011

 

 

   

TANGO PRACTICE, DUBLIN 2011

Dublin tango workshop, 2011

TANGO WORKSHOP

After the film broke apart in my Zenit camera, bravely I tried again a week later. This time with a different equipment but the same film Ilford Delta 400. One of the tango dancers, who was more experience than me with manual cameras, was very kind and helped me to change the film. That evening I must have used two rolls of film.

When I was reducing the size of images in Photoshop for this post I started getting very sentimental … in general. It must be the effect of the black and white photographs with all the noise in them, like a vinyl record with slightly huskily sound. The passing of time. Special moments appreciated more as they are gone. Life.

“All those moments
will be lost in time,
like tears in rain.
Time to die.”

Tears in rain, Blade Runner

 

MUSIC IN THE SOUL

Girls dancing with the girls! Boys dancing with the boys! Laughters, whispers, spontaneity. Joy!

 

FACES, PEOPLE, COUPLES, FRIENDS

Love affairs, broken hearts, bonding, flirtation, jealousy. Passion.

 

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Step by step. Patience, perseverance, hard work. Relax.

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

 

   

DUBLIN TANGO, 2011

Dublin Tango documentary

DOCUMENTARY OF DUBLIN TANGO COMMUNITY

One of the projects during the Visual Communication course I was studying in Dublin, was to make a documentary of a daily life using a manual camera. Below photographs were taken with Zenit camera, which was manufactured in Russia formerly the Soviet Union since 1952. I was using a film Ilford Delta 400. Later on, I used another college camera of a different brand with the same film (unfortunately I can not remember the name of it). The result is slightly different. The Zenit camera created more noise on the photographs.

The project was an eye opener to how much more skills were involved photographing manually. One had to be quick with an excellent understanding of the technology and the lighting. Each photograph had only one chance to come out successfully. Even if they are not perfect they are more natural and authentic … in my opinion.

Another positive aspect is developing them in the traditional way. Printouts extend the life of the photographs and can be passed to the next generations. Digitally stored photographs may last forever but will be seen by very, very few people who are around us physically at the given moment.

How sad really …

We can be heroes just for one day
We can be us just for one day

(Heroes by David Bowie)

ZENIT/ ILFORD DELTA 400

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

 

   

 

POP UP SHOP

Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival

POP UP SHOP FOR MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Montreal Jazz Festival

Inspiration

The concept for the pop-up shop is a combination of two elements; wood the Canadians natural resource and jazz music. The construction of the container is solid and classic. Walls are covered in a black colour, spiced with an orange in reference to vivid notes in jazz. The display units are inspired by the shape of music coming out of a saxophone or a grand piano.

The Montreal Jazz Festival takes place every year in July and it is the largest jazz festival in the world. Every year it brings in around 3000 artists from 30 countries. The festival hosts in around 2 million people every year.

 

If it ever came to a construction of this pop-up shop converted from a freight train container I imagine it in a dense greenery, park or in the forest. Often, the deep, dense of greenery is so dark it appears black. Therefore, the colours of the pop-up shop would balance very well in nature, creating a coherent unity.

 

Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz FestivalPop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival
Pop up shop for Montreal Jazz Festival

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

 

  

 

TEXTILES, PATTERNS AND FASHION, NCAD

FASHION DESIGN IN NCAD

Fashion Design aims to educate students to become professional practitioners in the field of fashion and related industries. Students are encouraged to have an awareness of fashion in its social and cultural context and to bring that understanding to their work.  The department places great value on its industry and professional links that gives students an insight into real-world commercial requirements. Emphasis is placed on developing informed, creative designers, who are prepared for the needs of industry. (source: here)

 

 

RACHEL MORAN

Exhausted

This screen and digitally printed collection for unisex street-ear are designed using heavy cotton, sweatshirt knits, natural denim and jersey to create an Autumn/Winter collection. The theme of this collection is sleep deprivation.  The character Timothy was developed through an exploration of this topic. His night-time imagination, the stagnant light and frustrating times are explored to create an original and eccentric aesthetic.

 

NIAMH TIGHE

Connect Five

My design process is driven by colour, surface and construction. Architectural forms, geometric patterns and 60s and 70s interiors inspire me. For my degree show, I have created a series of playful, interlocking, multimedia textile modules that can be adapted and rearranged for a multitude of interior purposes.

Instagram: nimhttextiles

 

JENNIFER CUMMINS

Words can heal, art can be anything

My work is driven by the need to represent some of the challenges of mental health through materials, imagery and text; to represent the world in a different way. The faces are a depiction of the multitude of directions that someone’s life can take when they are at the point of crisis.

Instagram: jennifertextileart

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra