A few weeks ago I met a nun from Manchester who was on a working holiday in Ireland and she was exploring the Roebuck Road area and she asked me why there were a number of roads in the area with German names and while this was news to me I assumed that it must because of St Killian’s German School which is located on Roebuck Road.
Anyway, this weekend, I decided to check if there were any roads or streets with German names. My first impression was that the area reminded me of 1960s upmarket American suburbia.
The first road was Harlech Grove which led to Heidelberg and off this road was Louvaine which I decided to photograph using my iPhone XR. It did not take me long to realise that the streets were named after some of the great universities in the world and I did find Harvard, Yale and Princeton.
I then remembered that I once had an American girlfriend in the early 1970s who lived in the area unfortunately (for me) her family returned to California.
I usually use the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max rather than the iPhone XR but the 12 Pro failed to charge overnight for some unknown reason.
During the last ten days I made three visits to the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham as I wanted to video a multi-media installation located in the courtyard but unfortunately no matter what equipment I have used, to date, I had problems with wind noise and unstable video because the equipment was hand-held but I feel that the iPhone XR produced better results that my Sony A7RIV. Next visit I will bring a tripod and a camcorder.
When I first saw this a few years ago it was suggested to me that it was not an art installation and that it was in fact part of an expensive ventilation system. As I liked these dark blocks I began to believe that it was a modern sculpture and then one day I saw a notice nearby indicating that it was “8 Limestones” by Ulrich Rückriem.
Ulrich Rückriem completed an apprenticeship as a stone mason in Düren from 1957 to 1959 and spent the following two years working as journeyman for the stonemason’s lodge at Cologne cathedral. During these years he also spent two semesters studying at the Cologne Werkschulen under Ludwig Gies. Rückriem travelled extensively through southern Europe, Morocco and Tunisia in 1962. After his return he decided to become a sculptor and settled in Nörvenich near Düren in 1963. He had his first one-man exhibition one year later at the Leopold-Hoesch Museum in Düren.
Rückriem developed his own working method in 1968. The working material and the working process are made the subject of the work by duplicating, splitting, reducing and slightly changing the original material. The sculptor moved to Mönchengladbach in 1969, where he shared a studio with Blinky Palermo in an old factory. His first exhibition with the new stone sculptures took place in the same year at the Galerie Konrad Fischer in Düsseldorf.
Rückriem’s work was much praised in the following years with important exhibitions, such as at the Haus Lange in Krefeld in 1970. Rückriem exhibited works at the documenta 5, 7, 8 and 9 in Kassel between 1972 and 1992. He was a professor of sculpture at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg from 1974 to 1984. Rückriem expanded his range of working materials at the end of the 1970s and began experimenting with granite, dolomite, wood and iron. He exhibited four split dolomites at the biennal in Venice in 1978. Ulrich Rückriem became professor of sculpture at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf in 1984 and then at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt am Main in 1988. Today, the artist lives in Ireland. His self-reflective works in stone, iron and wood are an important contribution to process art.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE GRANGEGORMAN CAMPUS – I USED AN iPHONE XR
Today I used an Apple iPhone XR and the Halide App. Unfortunately, I had no end of problems including unusual lens flare and inconsistent focusing and exposure – some images were totally black and some totally white and I could decide if it was a software or hardware issue.
A QUICK VISIT TO DUBLIN CASTLE ON A VERY COLD AND FOGGY DAY IN DECEMBER 2020
Today was very cold and foggy … much too cold to carry a camera so I used my iPhone XR and the Halide App which allows me to capture RAW images. Based on the results using this combination I decided to purchase an iPhone 12 Pro Max because of the camera [I will not use it as a 5G phone].
Here is how Halide describe their App: “Professional photographers know that shooting in RAW can enable better, more detailed photos. But the magic of RAW files is kept locked away to those that knew how to properly edit them. Halide’s Instant RAW lets you immediately capture shots with more detail, dynamic range and an authetic look — all without ever having to edit anything.”
RANDOM IMAGES – I USED AN IPHONE XR AND HALIDE MARK II APP
I walked from Henrietta Street to Aston Quay [via Grattan Bridge] and returned via the Halfpenny Bridge. Note: The The Millennium Bridge is closed for maintenance.
I am now considering the possibility of using the new [not yet available] iPhone 12 Pro Max for photography so in order to develop a workflow I am currently playing with an iPhone XR and the Halide App which was released yesterday. I also upgraded to LightRoom 10 which also bec ame available this week.
HALIDE MARK II IS HERE: “Featuring the best photography tools on iOS yet.A total redesign. Unlocking the power of RAW for everyone with Instant RAW. Over 50 new features — and that’s just the beginning.”