Working as an event photographer is about using traditional camera skills with organising people, predicting the flow of an occasion and being quick to react to things as they happen. Its back to using your shutter speeds and aperture and flash creatively. But most importantly it’s about creating a record of a special occasion that usually only happens once, so you’ve got to nail it there and then. I was asked recently to do some Event Photography or PR photography as its otherwise known at the Korean Fantasia festival in Meeting House Square in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Truthfully it can sometimes be a bit tedious, but this wasn’t one of those occasions. It turned out to be a lot of fun.
Meeting House Square
I was really struck by the colour and variety of Korean culture, both new and old. Ok, admittedly the K-Pop end of it is not quite my cup of tea, but the whole event was a lot of fun and you couldn’t help but be impressed by the enthusiasm of the contestants. I was surprised to see that most of the dancers were actually Irish kids who had gained an interest in Korean pop music (K-POP). The girls in the white tops were the ultimate winners. They were presented with the Grand Prize of a trip to Korea (with spending money) from the Korean Ambassador. The event also featured a display of Taekwon-Do, with several people being airborne at any one time. Timber was most definitely hurt during this display. The infectious trance inducing DoodulSori (traditional Korean drumming group) were a firm favorite with the audience with their outfits and ability to create an audio narrative with just percussion instruments. This kind of ceremony was used to mark the beginning or end of harvest. The elegance and poise of the traditional Korean musicians Jieun Jung, Sung-min Jung, Hong Yoo was quite something to witness, with the flat stringed instrument known as Ga-Ya-geum being centre stage. They were joined on later by the traditional Irish music ensemble Cuan Nua. This event was presented by the Korean Embassy in Ireland in association with Dublin City Council and is sponsored by Lotte Duty Free.
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