A New Leader – 26-01-11

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RHA Gallery, Dublin, 26-1-11

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RHA Gallery, Dublin, 26-1-11

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RHA Gallery, Dublin, 26-1-11

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RHA Gallery, Dublin, 26-1-11

Somehow I couldnt resist. It has been maybe ten or eleven years since I covered a press conference but a little voice whispered in my ear ‘go and have an ould look’ and as I currently have an inkling to cover the forthcoming election as a small project I wandered on down to the RHA Gallery (an interesting seting) to hear Mr Martin’s first words as the new leader of the soldiers of destiny. It was an old memory – the synchronized crush of lensmen at work and the buzzing nervousness of the ‘handlers’ – one of which (a fresh young boy in a suite) informed me that ‘we weren’t doing pictures from behind today’ as he tried to block my way. In those situations it’s best not to waste time argueing but rather duck and dive and find a way if necessary. It was also interesting to try to photograph this type of event with the H3D in available light and as ever with photography the  constraints of the machine brings its own aesthetic.