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In The Deep Midwinter

The basic requirements for making a photograph are light and time. Those two elements, coupled with some sort sensitive surface be it digital or film based and you’re pretty much sorted. If however, as Shane & Kerry did, you set the date for December 30th, you can be pretty certain that light and time are going to be in fairly short supply here in Donegal. It has often been said, in the world of wedding planning, that the one element you can’t book in advance is the weather. Nonetheless, while the weather could have been kinder, it could certainly have been much worse, and Shane & Kerry seemed  pretty unconcerned. The low, cool, blue winter light contrasted sharply with the warmth of St. Mary’s Church. Venturing into the cold once more even as dusk fell, Shane and Kerry were still determined to see through their plans to have their wedding photographs include at least some outdoor settings. So with the last faint rays after the sun had set, with a little help from a video light, the floodlights on the Castle Bridge and maybe just a hint of the wedding car headlights we made one last quick stop before the reception.

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Past, Present, Future and Forgotten Passwords

Time will never stand still and those moments that bring us such joy become memories in an instant. To capture such a moment and record it forever is truly monumental.

Joshua Atticks

We’re all familiar with the idea that to have a photograph of something helps us maintain a feeling of connection with the person or thing pictured. Since the earliest days of photography, this idea that we can ‘hold on’ to people or a thing now passed has been one of the primary motivations behind the taking or making of photographs. Photography though, from a technical point at least is in a constant state of change. From the earliest Daguerrotypes to Wet Plate Collodion to Silver-based Film and now to digital capture, the machinery has evolved over time. At the heart of the matter though, the wish to preserve images remains. In some minds perhaps, the photographic print or the wedding album seems out-dated, even unnecessary. Today we can store our images “In the Cloud”, we can carry them with us on our ‘phones or tablet, send them by email, post them on Facebook or distribute and share them in a dozen ways or more. The thing is though, that all these things will change. The value in a properly made photographic print you can hold in your hand or put on your wall however, remains constant. We all know we can trust these things to stand the test of time quite simply because we have seen the evidence, in our parents and grandparents photographs which hang in our homes without any device being needed to access them, no password required.


The Wedding Portrait of Doris & Michael Bradley : 1926

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“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

Aaron Siskind

For almost fourteen years here at the Memory Factory, as almost anyone who has visited the studio will know, we have had our dogs here with us. Over the years our nutty pups have featured in more than a few photographs we have taken, sometimes they have even made appearances in clients family pictures, having been temporarily ‘adopted’ (by the kids usually!)

Sadly, a little over a year ago, one of our original pair passed away but Leica is still here and the other day saw her fourteenth birthday. Here she is, checking out a William Wegman calendar featuring one of his dogs, “Fay Ray” who as it happens, shared the same November birthday. Wegman and I share the same birthday too coincidentally, albeit separated by a few years. Fay, like Wegman’s other dog “Man Ray” is long since gone but their lives were recorded and remembered in books, calendars, short films and exhibitions.

Leica&Fay Ray

Photography and photographs have always been associated, by their very nature, with things past. Sometimes the real value in a photograph is not directly related to any aesthetic quality it might have, sometimes it simply serves as a reminder of someone, some thing, or some place we feel we want to remember.

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“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ”

Richard Avedon