Goddard Orpen – Inspirational Exhibition

Goddard Orpen – Inspirational Exhibition

How refreshing and wonderful it was to be part of the unavailing of Goddard Orpen’s photography works as an Exhibition in Farmleigh in Dublin and the launch of a beautiful book that includes all of the pictures in the show aptly named ‘The Vision of a 19th Century Lensman’ which was produced by Jeremy Hill who is the Great Great Grandson of Goddard. As a fine art photographer, I find this work very inspirational, demonstrating the depth of the skills required to produce prints of such superior nature. In the collection, I am confident that at least three are masterpieces and that this collection of works will undoubtedly and unquestionably be part of the history of photography within Ireland and the World. The timeless quality of his work cannot help but encapsulate the viewer into another understanding of history that would otherwise be missed. Jeremy and Anthony Hobbs have cleverly curated this launch of his work so that every opportunity for these tremendous photographic works to flourish on a world scale, bravo!

The image I am photographed with above of the Rue de l’Echaude in Paris is a superbly executed capture and holds together like any of the excellent street photography photographs I have ever seen. Goddard Orpen will most certainly be a name to look out for, and this is very exciting for me as not only are the family very good friends who still live in the same house as Goddard did not far from Kilkenny, where we live, but it also gives me the sort of inspiration that is helpful on my journey as a photographer.

If you are interested in this sort of photography, the show is currently on in Farmleigh. Of course, I recommend seeing the show in person and checking out the superb publication of his first book; the reproductions are as good as they get.

Best of Luck to all involved. Patrick Donald