Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Last kit check before India

  • Mac book pro 17"
  • Gitzo GT1542T Traveler + Markins Q3-TRQ + Markins Camera P52N Plate
  • Canon 5d Mk II ser. no. 88589391
  • Canon EF 24-70 f2.8 3 L USM Lens
  • Sennheiser MKE 400
  • Opteka CXS-400 Video Shoulder Stabilizer Support System
  • Lee Filters Sunset 2 & 2 ND hard Graduated Resin Professional Filter
  • Battery Grip For Canon BG-E6 BGE6 EOS 5D Mark II MK

Monday, October 8, 2012

Mayo Startrails

Figuring out the new cameras settings and decided to take full advantage of the clear night skies and low light pollution to do some star trail shots. This is about 50 min exp @200iso and 5.6 ap, 24mm.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Downpatrick Storm front

The storm front broke, eventually unleashing hail and me and the Wilson took shelter in the old U-Boat watch point which usually shelters sheep, with an English artist who was visiting the area. It was not waterproof in any shape or form and we ended up running through the rain and hail for cover. Worth it though.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thomas H Mason - My great grand father

Mason, Thomas Holmes (1877–1958), photographer, naturalist, meteorologist, and businessman, was born in Dublin on the 9th September 1877. He wrote, 'The Islands of Ireland: their scenery, people, life, and antiquities' [Batsford 1936, 2nd edition 1938, 3rd edition 1950] and 'Catalogue of lantern slides of Irish antiquities' [Dublin 1928].

According to the Princess Grace Irish Library (Monaco) he was:
"Life fl.1936; proprietor of the opticians and long-established instrument maker of that name on Dame St. (now defunct); photography and naturalist; privately claimed to have sold a magic lantern to the parish priest of Knock shortly before the apparition of the Blessed Virgin there which gave rise to its standing as a place of pilgrimage in Co. Mayo."
He was also my great grandfather and his influence and interests still ripple through his descendants in those of us that wander and record what we see for others.
"The Islands of Ireland (1936), I am not sure why islands possess such a fascination for many people, but the fact remains that they do. Artists, literary men and even millionaires take up their abode on isolated islands and find there a retreat from the clamour and din of modern civilisation, where their spirits can expand and where the primitive virtues and values of mankind are not swamped in a material world which has, to a large extent, lost its soul.’ (Quoted in Máirín Nic Eoin, An Litríocht Réigiúnach, Baile Átha Cliath: An Clóchomhar Tta 1982, p.141.)"
[Woman and grandson Aran Islands, Ireland photographed by Thomas H. Mason from the Ettlinger collection. Copyright of the Pitt Rivers Museum]

My grandfather Barry Mason Sr (who was the Irish State photographer during WW2, and had prolific career as a BSA sponsored rally driver) travelled with him and took a sizeable amount of the the photographs featured in the book quite a number of which are now part of the displays at The museum of Country Living in County Mayo, Ireland and at the Blasket Island centre in County Kerry.

Needless to say I am proud to be descended from these great people with whom I share a love of photography and travel.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Gaudí's lamp

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Colorida Gallery, Lisbon

A selection of my work up on the walls of the fantastic Colorida gallery in Lisbon. Many thanks to Rosemary for her efforts in making this happen

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Michaela 1

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2012 LENSCRATCH Hometown Exhibition

Check out the 2012 Hometown Exhibition at the wonderful Lenscratch blog run by talented Aline Smithson. I'm delighted to say that one of my shots of Bristol is the exhibit. Check it out on page 4

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Barca Virgin 2

Friday, August 24, 2012

Barca Virgin with crown

Finnish rock and rollers

Monday, August 20, 2012

Nelson street piece

Some more of the stills I took while working on a film with the Tin Gods crew

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Saturday, August 18, 2012

See no Evil silhouette

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Glow 2012

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Glow 2012 from Darragh Mason Field on Vimeo.

Time lapse of 2012 Bristol Balloon fiesta Glow.

by Darragh Mason Field.

Music: Kevin Macleod - Egmont Overture Finale by Beethoven.
In association with Tin Gods films.

Special thanks to:
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Spirit PR.

Kit list:
Hardware: Nikon D700, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens, Mac Book Pro 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7,
Software: SofortBild 2, ViewNX 2, Photoshop CS6, After Effects CS6

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The shadows of the past

A photograph is a memory, a window into past moments and experiences. While a photo is a literal capture of the past, objects too can also have this quality. Both have links to memories and conjure up the shadows of the past in our internal world, chapters of our life that we have yet to close.

They are physical embodiments of what is still inside us. Bonds that tie us to the past, keep us reliving moments that are already written and cannot be undone or changed.

In magick there are simple ceremonies for cutting the ties that bind us to people and the past. It is through exorcising the connections from our past to our present that allows to end the cycles that do not assist us but continue to trap us in pain and uncertainty.

Sometimes there are unanswered questions and 'what ifs' that pervade our minds. Endless mental acrobatics and juggling of variables to a preferred outcome, a preferred reality. But the only reality is the one your in, and the truth is sometimes you lose and sometimes you win. Sometimes cherished things turn to dust in your hands.

Your life existed before and will continue after. Pride, anger and the judgement of others can anchor you to a moment, make you dwell over why things turned out the way they did. But its already happened, what was there is already gone.

Get rid of the memories, throw the old objects away, give things to charity, burn or delete the photos and close the doors of the past behind you and open the doors to your future. Exorcise the past from you. It does not serve you, it only limits your potential and skews your view of what is in front of you.

Let it go.

Let it go and let the emotions go with it.

You are no longer that person, you are something new, something better. Walk into the sun with its warmth on your face and leave the shadows behind you.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

EDL - Essex Infidels


Welcome to the EDL

Glasnevin 1996

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A bit bored so I made this

When I'm not taking photos, well I'm usually at work or on the PS3... But when I'm not doing any of those things I like to make stuff. Behold! The mother of all cork bath mats...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lisbon show at the Colorida gallery

I delighted to be showing work with the Colorida gallery in Lisbon. Hopefully I'll get to visit for the next show!

Pardhy-Avis Smith, product and portrait work

The new site of Bristol furniture makers, Pardhy-Avis Smith is live. I shot them, their product range and 'documentary' style photos of them at work in their studio earlier this year for the site and am delighted with the results. They make amazing furniture so if you're thinking about anything new for your home, treat yourself to some of their work.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Glasnevin, Dublin 1996 #2

It does seem like I have a thing for graveyards and angels. As I clearly have been taking the same photo for years. I do like how the neg paper has stuck to the neg, gives it a nice texture I think.

Glasnevin, Dublin 1996 #1

This shot is from the first roll of B&W film I ever shot. Ilford 400, iso 200... I think.

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Star for a Crown

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bone tree

Monday, June 25, 2012

Red bins

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bristol Americana



Saturday, June 2, 2012

Salisbury cathedral