Looking at the town through a different lens on Photo Walk

Event is part of Worldwide Photo Walk on Saturday October 1st

Looking at the town through a different lens on Photo Walk
By Eamonn Wynne ewynne@nationalist.ie @TheNationalist

Vincent Hannon is hopeful that the Clonmel Photo Walk he's guiding on Saturday week, October 1st, will help people view the town in a different light.

"Most people just come to the main streets and go through the town centre instead of experiencing it", he says. "However if they go through it slowly they may see something other than what they normally see, such as the old servants' windows in the attic spaces of buildings".

He believes the walk will give participants a different perspective on the town and help them look at Clonmel in the same way they would look at a town in France or Spain that they were strolling around with a camera while on holidays.

The Clonmel Photo Walk is part of the Worldwide Photo Walk that's taking place in towns and cities around the world on the same day.

Clonmel is the only town or city in Ireland, outside of Dublin and Cork, that's participating.

There's no charge to take part but if they wish people may make a donation, online, to either St. Vincent de Paul Clonmel or the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya.

The walk, which will take approximately two hours, will start at the Suirside car park (beside the Gashouse Bridge and where there's ample free parking) at 2.15pm.

It will proceed to the Denis Burke Park to explore the riverscape and the flora and fauna of the park before continuing over the Old Bridge and onto the West Gate, Wolfe Tone Street, Gordon Place, Old St. Mary's Church, the Main Guard, Dowd's Lane and, if time permits, the Scots Church in Anglesea Street before finishing at Hearns Hotel.

"People can use any sort of digital camera they wish, whether it's a mobile phone with a camera or the latest technology", says Vincent Hannon.

"It's all about getting people to squeeze the best shots out of what they have.

People can take control of the camera and make an image rather than take an image. Light-wise, this is a more interesting time of the year than summer".

Originally from Cloneen and now living in Mullinahone, Vincent graduated from UCG with a degree in History and Classics.

He worked in landscape design until the recession hit hard.

He re-trained as a photographer/artist and has exhibited at the Main Guard in Clonmel and The Source in Thurles, and has access to studio space at the old Friary in Callan.

People may turn up for the Photo Walk on the day. They may also register on the website worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/clonmel or contact Vincent, either by phone (052-91-53673 or 089-9863643) or e-mail, vincenthannon2@gmail.com

For those booking on the website Vincent plans to choose the best photo, which will be uploaded onto the Worldwide Photo Walk website.

"Most of all the Photo Walk should be fun for people. It's not a class as such, more a learning environment", he says.