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I’m a movie star! Not quite, but I’m a pointing, walking, app user in my friend Winnie‘s video. Directed by Winnie and shot by Jonathan, this video is being entered into the D&AD student awards 2013 for the It’s Nice That Brief. Fingers crossed she does well.


Bruce Gilden at work

For our photography class at uni this week, we took to the streets of Belfast. We were shown some examples of Bruce Gilden’s work, informed that there is no legal restriction on photography in public places and told to go out and get snapping.

Street photography is something a lot of people are misinformed about. The most common retaliation we received was “Hey, you’re meant to ask for my permission first!” It’s generally assumed that it’s illegal to photograph without consent. However there is no presumption of privacy for individuals in a public place at all. If you’re outside, you’re fair game for any photographer.

Regardless of the legalities though, if you snap their picture, there’s a chance they’ll snap back. We encountered a few people who really didn’t want their picture taken and wouldn’t hold back in telling you so. To be honest though, you can’t blame them, it’s undoubtedly intrusive to give no warning and just take their picture, especially at a close range and with the flash on.

If street photography is meant to be observing true moments, candidly and unstaged then it’s not really possible to capture that the same way if you give warning. Looking back, it feels mad that I partook in this. I can’t think of a time before this where I just took the shot without knowing or asking the person first. I had to get close to my subjects as I didn’t have a zoom lens and that was nerve-wracking. Here are a couple of the photographs I got that day.

The Ulster Festival is back, hosting a range of events from the 17th to the 24th March. There will be exhibitions, talks, workshops as well as the more unusual live art experimentation in The Glass Box. Many of the events have a limited number of tickets so if you are keen, you should act quickly. I have enrolled in the 2 and a half day Type Design Workshop: What A Wonderful World by Underware. Click here to go to the site and see all events.

I was fortunate to get a lot of Christmas cards this year. Most stylish, some beautiful, some funny and one edible (a Christmas Bun instead of a card) I found this card to be the funniest by far. It had me at “festive weasel”

Created by Sue Cathcart, these cards are made entirely from recycled Belfast Telegraph pages. Mr Papers is my new favourite card range. A funny card that’s actually funny, that’s a novelty in itself.

At the weekend I went to Belfast’s Chilifest. I was helping my friend Kyra with her jewellery stall. She has recently started making and selling bracelets, earrings, necklaces and hair ties. Hear Hoofbeats Think Zebra Jewellery. Check out her facebook page here. You can catch her at the Black Market and other craft fairs and she takes custom orders.

There’s another Pecha Kucha night on the 14th June in the Black Box, 7pm. Tickets are £3 with all proceeds going towards Japan. If you don’t know what a Pecha Kucha night is, read this. You can book tickets here. The confirmed speakers include:

Chelley McLear [Poet]

Ciaran Murray [Fresh Made Media]

Gail McConnell [Writer]

Gillian Colhoun [Design Writer]

John McDermott [AV Browne]

Josephine McDermott [Artist and Printmaker]

Lisa Dynan [Book Designer]

Rick Monro [Tibus]

Rory O’Connor and Anita Murphy [The Creativity Hub]

Shelly Wilson [Front]

Next week is the Ulster Festival of Art & Design. It runs from the 1 – 12 June and there is a lot on – the End of Year show, lectures and workshops. Visit the website for a full list. I’ve enrolled in the Karen Nicol workshop with a few friends. I bet it’s going to be amazing. Karen Nicol is a world renowned embroidery and mixed media textile artist. The workshop runs from 10am -4pm and we will get the chance to try out some of her techniques.