Fionnbharr Ó Súilleabháin’s photography techniques hark all the way back to the 19th century. He makes calotypes (paper negatives) using 100-year-old lenses on large box cameras. Together we made “Human Mist”, Fionnbharr’s book of landscapes and architectural pictures, including his pithy commentaries on how the photos were taken. Despite the fact he lives in Mozambique and I in Dublin, we worked together just fine over email, file transfer and Twitter, the most modern of electronic communications.
“I had little idea about the options for making a book of my photographs. Kate’s long experience as both a photographer and photo editor was immediately useful as she was able to edit my original choice of images and cut out those that were not really going to work. She also had ideas for the design which were more sophisticated than I’d originally had and I was happy to go along with them.
I found working with her to be a fun learning experience. She’s a good communicator, and gave clear explanations about various printing and binding choices within my budget. I was delighted with the result. People who have seen the book have been really impressed with its quality. The look and feel really exceeded my expectations.”
Fionnbharr Ó Súilleabháin