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Beachy views, delicious pintxos, and warm weather coupled with creative folk and inspiring presentations: what more could you ask for?

Not a whole lot, I’d say.

Lucky for me, having attended the Image Conference in San Sebastian this past week, that’s pretty much a picture of the last few days! Not to mention, it was held in the beautiful Kursaal Congress Palace right on the beach. A match made in heaven, really.

 

The conference itself was set to contemplate notions of what the image is in modern day, and how its role is ever evolving across such a broad range of disciplines. With presentations on everything from technical aspects of image-making to those on theories of image representation, there was an abundance of interesting information and, better yet, discussions. If not a bit of an information overload, it was easy to pull something from each presentation – kind of exciting how so many different disciplines can have so many threads in common!

Having submitted and presented my first conference paper as well- ‘The Digital Design of Photography – Digital Photographic Manipulation & Its Representation of Reality‘ – I got some really amazing feedback, and heard some really great discussions afterward! Also, I am super grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the conference’s Graduate Scholar Award, and absolutely couldn’t be happier with the experience overall.

As a bonus, flying out of Bilbao, I got to swing by this lovely place:

Why yes, it is the Guggeneheim Museum! Stunning, right?

All in all, it was definitely an excellent way to spend a few days and boost the creative thinking and inspiration back into gear overdrive for this semester! I’m excited to see what other exciting creative endeavors await… stay tuned for info on my upcoming major photo + cgi project!

Earlier this summer I heard about the idea of Microadventures – mini adventures that inspire you to take a break from the busy-ness of life and get out and cycle/walk/run/hike/swim/explore somewhere new. Because really, why not?

As I am always a fan of new adventures, I found a fellow adventurous spirit (yes, that’s you Emma) and we set off on our own cycling-inspired microadventure. Despite threatening clouds (and frequent stops to repair Murray, my trusty cycle) we ventured from Belfast to the coast south of Comber, and set up ‘camp’ somewhere under the stars between the incoming tide and field of fresh looking leaks. It was beautiful, indeed.

So without further adieu, I present to you, our visual documentation* of the journey!

*In the spirit of adventure, I opted to experiment with motion instead of still photography. For the record, it’s harder than one might think to hold a camera steady while cycling and trying desperately not to crash…

As a designer and photographer, I love how inspiration can be found in so many place, how a bit of fresh air and 24 hours without a computer does wonders for the brain! Needless to say, I’m definitely addicted to the idea of microadventures; now I just need to find a bag that’s bigger on the inside to fit enough layers for warmth in the coming winter…

As I’ve just returned back to Belfast from being in Arizona over the summer, I thought I’d share a bit of photographic evidence of Arizona’s beautiful diversity! Do enjoy.

    

Last week the Van’s Warped Tour crossed paths with my home state of Arizona, and I was lucky enough to get to shoot the event on behalf of BackstageNoise.com.

Gigs are always an interesting thing to shoot – excellent facial expressions are always abound – and Warped Tour was no exception. Check out a few of my faves below, or pop over to the site and see them all with the review!

  

I had the opportunity to work with local Arizonian athlete + fitness trainer Will Roberts last week. He owns a gym (Iron Will Sports & Fitness, check it out if you’re in the area!), so we did some indoor workout shots and then ventured out to the nearby track to take advantage of the epic cloud cover and shoot some outdoor athletic stuff.

I had an awesome time working with him and thought I’d share a couple favourites from the outdoor portion of the shoot!

   

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