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Public phones collection


I once wrote that photographers tend to be collectors. I have that corner store collection and recently a friend pointed out that I should start a public phone photos collection as well. To be honest, I didn’t even realize I had one until I started going through some of my photographs. Apparently I do have one. Weird.

This is a public phone in Dublin, Ireland.

Photo links


Some Dublin drunks demanding a few euros for making a spectacle of themselves.

The Photographic Journal has a really interesting interview with Alec Soth. The part about narratives and photo book in particular is interesting, but the whole thing is really worth your read.

A review of Eamonn Doyle’s book of Dublin street photographs in the Guardian (I love the fact that they have a section on art and design with a subsection dedicated to photography). Click on the links throughout the text to see the photos.

Head over to burn. and take a look at the work of Argentinian photographer Pablo Piovano documenting the human cost of agrotoxins.

Frederick Lerneryd has a set of photographs on LensCulture looking at a shelter for some 400 people in the heart of Johannesburg.

Stay on LensCulture and take a look at a set of rural portraits by Italian photographer Giancarlo Rado.

[LENS] has a feature story on Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert whose work Rivages I always liked for its atmosphere, the insignificance and loneliness of human figures, and its exquisite colour palette.

For your Sunday amusement


The photo above was made on the streets of Dublin, right next to Trinity College. Funny place, Dublin.

When I see work of people such as Bulgarian Penko Gelev, I wish I had a fraction of their talent. If I did, I think I would do nothing but draw. Here is a lovely and occasionally humorous set of illustrations called “Village.”

The final versions of Nathan Walsh’s urban landscapes are a bit over the top for my taste, but you got to admire the technique and the skill.

Calvin Seibert’s amazing sandcastles are not exactly your typical royal abodes.

Stefan Kuhnigk’s coffee stain monsters are adorable.

There are only 12 Master Penmen (what about women?) in the world. Meet the youngest of them: Jake Weidmann.

St. Patrick’s Day and lowercase letters

This is the store on the corner of Military and Bannerman in St. John’s. Today, it is a chain store, obviously, but, in the past, it seemed to be an important place for those who grew up in St. John’s. The store, which is located on a pretty interesting corner with the Colonial Building and the Government House (official residence of the Lieutenant-Governor) across the street, is better known as a Fountainspray Fountain Spray. I am not quite sure where the name comes from or whether is supposed to be spelled as one word or two words, but several people, when they learned about my corner stores project, asked if I photographed this particular store. So, yes, I did. And if you could share any details about it in the comments, that would be fabulous.

It is (still) St. Patrick’s Day and although I don’t have a single Irish (or religious) bone in my body I’d like to share two St. Patrick related links. The first one comes courtesy of Dave and it traces fascinating history of how we got lowercase letters (apparently, you can thank St. Patrick for that one). The second link will take you to Slate magazine and a collection of beautiful photos from Ireland by Magnum photographers.

[UPDATE] A bit more info on the Fountain Spray store has surfaced thanks to two facebook friends. Dave says it’s definitely “two words — Fountain Spray, so named for the fountain that used to sit in the square in front of Colonial Building. The base of the pool is still there, I think, but it’s covered in plants now. We call the story Rubber Neck’s, for the former owner who would gawk over the counter at young skeets who were likely planning to shoplift.” And Lynn claims that it was THE place to go to for treats, including candied apples.

Croatian word of the day: Irska Ireland [ee r ska]