“This was shot on a Saturday evening photowalk around Dublin city centre when testing out a new 14mm fully manual lens, luckily the light outside Supermacs was sufficient and the lens fast enough that I could get away with a hand held shot, so less conspicuous than using a tripod. With this particular lens, both the aperture and focus had to be guessed, so it was quite nice to go “back to basics” for a change.”
Our cover this week might make Supermacs seem a place of great significance to an unsuspecting first time visitor. A romantic replacement for Clerys clock, it’s framed like a romanticised image of Katz’s Deli in New York. A must see until you see it.
The garish impact that Supermacs and numerous other cheap and disposable outlets have had on our main thoroughfare is both of a source of embarrassment and shame. Of course, they are not solely to blame as they’ve simply set up shop without a rule or regulation to curb their impact.
Thankfully, at long last there is the countenance of a chink of light and reason. The bleeding obvious is finally being recognised by Dublin City Council. “Councillors urge caution as takeaways, adult shops and arcades face O’Connell Street ban” was the headline in the Independent yesterday.
The proposed scheme intends to finally gives extra planning powers to protect existing shops of “special significance” and discourage the emergence of “less appropriate uses” of premises. This potentially includes a ban on amusement arcades, bookmakers, fast-food outlets, mobile-phone shops or “adult entertainment” shops.
Of course whilst this happens, the old sign for the Ambassador cinema which has been there since 1954 has just been hidden from sight with promotional materials for a forthcoming 1916 exhibition. Was permission sought and granted for this?
A second Le Cool Dublin cover by Dublin-based graphic designer, illustrator and digital designer, Simeon O’Neill.
My second cover is a romanticised view of Dublin’s future from the perspective of a pub landlord. With Dublin being a “hub of technology”, Dublin you would imagine would look a lot different, yet some things never change. With the football world cup fast approaching, this publican decides to use his MSc in Robotics and Engineering to construct a robot that will serve customers during the match. Easy.
“My first Le Cool Dublin cover of the shadowy figures on bicycles is a reference to Dublin during 1916. Michael Collins would move around the city undetected by disguising himself as businessman heading to work. My great grandfather was part of a crew of several people who would do the same. Wearing a large overcoat and hat, the police decided they couldn’t stop everyone. This is a romanticised view of that moment in history, with bicycles moving through that blue morning light as the streetlights have yet to be switched off.”
“I can’t think about Dublin without thinking about seagulls. They’re everywhere. They own the place. Nothing is more Dublin than a mean looking gang of seagulls tearing a bin bag to bits to get at some take away leftovers on Sycamore St, or leering down at you from one of the buildings that face the river near the Millenium Walkway Ahh home..”
A first Le Cool Dublin cover by Kyoto-based Irish illustrator and foodie Robin Hoshino.
“Since moving abroad I’ve thought about home from time to time. Dun Laoghaire pier is an important place for me. I used to to take daily walks there when I was in college to clear my head. Especially at dusk and dawn there’s a special atmosphere there. I can almost feel the layers of memories in the air, like traces of all the people who’ve walked it over decades. Sometimes I feel like if I met a past version of myself on the pier I wouldn’t be surprised. It just seems possible…”
“The cover was shot at a Muay Thai event here in Dublin. The work in this series is all shot ringside. I use two cameras with two different focal lengths. Because of the fixed lighting around the ring the subjects are dramatically lit no matter where they are. That said, when you’re shooting digital, you tend to shoot an awful lot at events like these, so it can be a case of less than 1% making the cut..”
The first Le Cool Dublin cover by Belfast-based illustrator Jacky Sheridan,
“I wanted to do something involving the closure of Clerys because it’s just such an institution in Dublin. So I based my cover on a song called ‘Under Clerys Clock’ by an old Dublin punk band The Radiators From Space. The song’s about two gay lovers who meet under the Clerys clock to try and be discreet as back when it was written homosexuality was still illegal in Ireland.”
“This is from a current project that I’m working on. It’s in the early stages but basically I’m exploring the link between public spaces and agoraphobia…I’m big into research so I like to collect anything that I feel will inform the subject matter; songs, articles, films, poetry – anything that helps to add depth and story to the image…”
The first Le Cool Dublin cover by Dublin-based photographer and video editor Edel Quinn.
“This cover features one of my favourite places in Dublin, the South Wall walk, a place where I go to contemplate life decisions sometimes alone, often with my pal Rowena.There’s something about arriving through the shipyard landscape, the act of walking out to the expanse of sea, the city scape to your back, the scale of the ferries moving on your side that makes problems fade and decisions clearer.
The lights of the lighthouse lighting up the sky represent the colour of possibility, the sense of becoming unstuck when you’re feeling like you’ve gone off on a tangent that doesn’t feel right….”
The first Le Cool Dublin cover by Dublin-based photographer and video editor Killian Broderick.
“I went for a drive with my sister on a sunny bank holiday Monday and found Bull Island encased in dense fog. The park was full of people wandering through the haze trying and failing to enjoy the sunshine (including a few young men sitting beside a barbecue which had failed to light fully) which was failing to pierce the mist. It created for me a real sense of transience.”