Dublin is a creative collection of Dublin photographic images made over the last ten years. It includes images of Dublin’s urban cityscape, its beautiful coastal seascapes and luscious parklands. In an ever increasing world of over saturated colour digital imagery these images are refreshing using the analogue process and traditional darkroom processing techniques to make timeless images on traditional black and white film.
The images are unusual by modern standards in that they are made using an analogue process and traditional darkroom processing techniques. Apart from using a high-quality Hasselblad I also have used an unusual €20 Holga low-tech camera. Each camera creates a large 6*6cm film negative. The characteristics of the Holga give a very sharp central image with some slight vignetting at the edges, the Hasselblad a very sharp image overall. I exploit these nuances for a soulful and moody photograph. Despite the low-tech tools and traditional processes, the images are technically and creatively very well crafted and capable of a very high-quality reproduction, maintaining the classic and timeless quality of a black and white photograph.
By carefully choosing my subject matter and combining this with favourable lighting I have been able to create some unique streetscape images of Dublin streets and buildings. Blending seascape images of our coast with urban style images of these coastal towns was always going to be a challenge but the simple Holga always delivered in style. Snow covered parklands, isolated trees in misty landscapes and even odd old gravestones add a tranquil poetic feel to the images of our city. Escaping into the city at night and photographing under the stars and a full moon adds a closing chapter to this Dublin story.
Eddie Mallin is a Dublin photographer specialising in traditional film-based photography. Deeply rooted in the analogue process and traditional darkroom processing techniques and using various cameras of dubious technical quality he makes timeless photographs of this most soulful city of light. He is known to friends in photographic communities the world over as ‘monosnaps’.