Ir­ish bless­ing

Harry Reid walks the streets of his home town, cap­tur­ing the peo­ple he meets with his unique eye for per­son­al­i­ties

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I think that my in­ter­est in photography started when I was aged about five years old. An aunt that I vis­ited reg­u­larly had a cam­era which fea­tured a bel­lows of some sort. This cam­era al­ways fas­ci­nated me, but I was never al­lowed the priv­i­lege of han­dling it. (I won­der why!) As time passed I bought a se­ries of very ba­sic film cam­eras and even­tu­ally bought a Rus­sian 35mm film cam­era, which is where my in­ter­est in photography re­ally started in earnest.

In those days I gave pri­or­ity to pho­tograph­ing land­scapes and seascapes, plus a few shots of girl­friends, as you do! Then dig­i­tal ar­rived and wow, what a dif­fer­ence that made. I started us­ing Fuji com­pacts un­til one day I de­cided to se­ri­ously up­grade to a Nikon D200. This was the start­ing point of my jour­ney with Nikon cam­eras. Since then I’ve owned a D300, two D700s and my cur­rent ‘baby’, a Nikon D800.

Ire­land and its fa­mously beau­ti­ful scenery is a pho­tog­ra­pher’s dream.

I en­deav­our to be dis­creet, sen­si­tive and cour­te­ous… Folk who I pho­to­graph ‘on the street’ ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing shown their pho­tos

The op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less, and we still en­joy sig­nif­i­cant free­dom to roam in the Ir­ish coun­try­side. Be­fore I re­tired from my job as a sales manager for a fire pro­tec­tion com­pany, my job gave me the op­por­tu­nity to travel the length and breadth of Ire­land, plus to a few of the off-shore is­lands. Need­less to say, my cam­era al­ways trav­elled with me on those trips, although my trav­el­ling op­por­tu­ni­ties have been a lit­tle cur­tailed since I re­tired.

Time to ex­plore

While my travel op­por­tu­ni­ties are more limited now, Water­ford’s ‘Cop­per Coast’, Coun­ties Wex­ford, Car­low and Tip­per­ary, af­ford su­perb land­scape and seas­cape photo op­por­tu­ni­ties. Along with the afore­men­tioned cat­e­gories of photography I thor­oughly en­joy street and wildlife photography, and some night sky shoot­ing.

When­ever I’m in­volved in street photography I en­deav­our to be dis­creet, sen­si­tive and cour­te­ous. The ma­jor­ity of folk who I pho­to­graph ‘on the street’ ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing shown their pho­tos and be­ing asked if it’s okay for me to post the images on Face­book, for ex­am­ple. This cre­ates good­will and, very of­ten, al­lows me the op­por­tu­nity to give out my busi­ness card which, in turn, makes for a few sales. A lit­tle com­mon cour­tesy goes a long way.

Wood­turn­ing is also a part­time pro­fes­sion for me and I use photography to record and advertise some of my range of turned prod­ucts. In ad­di­tion to that and my street photography, I am cur­rently build­ing a part-time ca­reer in com­mer­cial photography serv­ing so­lic­i­tors, es­tate agents and com­mer­cial prop­erty own­ers as well as cov­er­ing wed­dings, chris­ten­ings, fash­ion shows, and so on.

01 The Face of Old -TIME THRES HING Nikon D700, Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 1/50 sec, f/7.1, ISO200

02 03 Simon Spoon s busk­ing in Kilk enn y Nikon D800, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM A, 1/750 sec, f/6.7, ISO500

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