Flowers of Dublin

“You photograph the things that other people walk by every single day and don’t notice but somehow you photograph them and make them beautiful” a compliment received by Brandon Stanton, the creator and photographer of the world-wide famous blog Humans of New York. It’s inspiring to what Brandon does with his work, he walks around the streets of New York City and takes photographs of strangers. A long the way, he would make conversations with them and sooner or later they would say something interesting that will stick within Stanton’s head that he believes will become a great caption for the photo of them.

I propose to do something similar yet with a slight twist, “Flowers of Dublin”. I was very much inspired by Brandon’s work, going around the streets capturing photographs of strangers and hearing stories about whatever they would want to share. But with this proposal, it is to capture the flowers that walks around the streets of Dublin and also to capture their story. The people who are carrying a bouquet of flowers or a single rose to their lover, friend, or family etc and listen to their stories to why they’re carrying a bouquet or a single handed flower. I’ve always found it interesting when I see people carrying a big bouquet along the city of Dublin, it makes me wonder…”Who the flowers are for? What the special occasion is? Or What did they do wrong?” This photo book that will be produced at the end of the year will be full of pictures of people and their bouquets along with their quotes.

In this case, it would mean walking up to a stranger along the streets of Dublin and asking them to take a photograph of them with their bouquet wherever they may be, along with questions to ask behind their reason to why they’re carrying flowers in order to make it more personal for my photo-book. I am very aware that this situation might be difficult but with the communication skills that I confidently have I think it won’t be a serious matter for this proposal. I would of course need to take into consideration that some people may not want to discuss their personal reasons which I would not force upon their own will just to get their story. But from my observation of Dublin City, as I’ve been living here for over 13 years now I’ve come to conclusion that the people of Dublin are very friendly and are very easy to have a nice conversation with. 

I believe that this proposal will be very challenging because you don’t always see people carrying bouquets of flowers everywhere. Luckily, Dublin Business School is located in the middle of Dublin City which makes the work a little bit easier which is why for the next few months of this Academic school year I will be carrying my DSLR with me wherever I go. Because you just never know when your next subject will walk past you. 

Robert Capa

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Robert Capa, originally known as ‘Andre Friedmann’ was born within a Jewish family in Budapest on October 22,1913.

He grew up wanting to be a writer but changed directions along the way.

He was a Jewish combat photographer and a photojournalist who covered five different wars within his life-time:

  1. The Spanish Civil War
  2. The Second Sino-Japanese War
  3. World War II across Europe
  4. The 1948 Arab Israeli War
  5. The First Indochina War.

Throughout all of his work, he became known as “The Greatest War Photographer in the world”.

Capa was also one of the co founders of the Magnum Photography, along with David Seymour, Henri Cartier-Brasson, George Rodger and William Vandivert that started in 1947, in Paris. It’s an international cooperative owned by its photographer members with offices in New York, Paris, London and Tokyo.

Within his last coverage of the Indochina War, he stepped on a Landmine where he died at the age of 51 years old.

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Fixing the Shadows

(1) What is Camera Obscure?

A darkened box with a convex lens or aperture for projecting the image of an external object on to a screen inside, a forerunner of the modern camera.

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(2) What Chuck Close says about photography as a medium?

He says that photography is the easiest medium to master but the hardest medium to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.

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(3) Who was Daguerre? What is his photographic process called and what is it?

Daguerre was a French artist and photographer recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of typography.

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(4) Who was Nadar?

Nadar was a a French photographer who captured celebrity artist portraits. He was also the first person to ever to take aerial photographs from an air balloon.

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(5) What is importance of Eadweard Muybridge?

Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion and in motion-picture projection. He showed us the possibilities of the camera in which it allows us to see what is faster than the eye. He also brought in the ideas of landscapes and panoramas.

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(6) Who made photography accessible to masses and how?

Kodak made photography accessible to masses by introducing a low-priced, point and shoot, hand held camera, called the Brownie. It was simple to use which made photography accessible to the masses.

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