Mr Ulster

Working for a cohesive Northern Ireland society



Review: Une Visit chez Magritte (Duane Michals)

René Magritte was the first artist that I identified with -- particularly his sense of humour yet thought provoking presentations of surrealism. One of my favourites paintings of his -- and one of his more famous ones -- is Ceci... Continue Reading →

Surrendering one’s identity to the internet: Home Instruction Manual

What happens when you ask an online chat room how to make a home? In an interview-style format with about 50 people attending, Belfast Exposed Curator Ciara Hickey asked artist Jan McCullough to share her journey. Home Instruction Manual is... Continue Reading →

Bringing our own lens: Visualising conflict in Palestine

Bringing our own lens: Visualising conflict in Palestine by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 15 March 2016 The rear room at Common Grounds Cafe was the venue for a display of three types of imagery -- participatory, documentary, and... Continue Reading →

A lexicon of conflict: Paul Seawright exhibition “Things Left Unsaid”

A lexicon of conflict: Paul Seawright exhibition “Things Left Unsaid” by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 1 October 2015 On the surface, the images shown in Paul Seawright’s work, “Things Left Unsaid”, are just a series of American television... Continue Reading →

A letter from Corinthians to Paul: Tenx9 at Belfast Photo Festival

Tenx9 is a storytelling event where nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a real story from their lives. Storytellers and listeners meet up at the Black Box in Belfast, with a new theme each month. This... Continue Reading →

Convergence can hold photography back: Belfast Photo Festival panel discussion

The theme of this year’s Belfast Photo Festival is convergence – the act of artists mixing other forms of art, such as performance and sculpture, with photographic image making. A panel discussion, hosted at Belfast Exposed, explored these boundaries and... Continue Reading →

Review: Women of Vision (National Geographic)

Women of Vision accompanies a travelling exhibition of the same title, curated by National Geographic. Both celebrate the work of eleven inspiring female photojournalists, featuring nearly 100 images, ranging from social issues, effects of war, and changes in our natural... Continue Reading →

Review: British Life Photography Awards: Portfolio 1

The British Life Photography Awards: Portfolio 1 is a catalogue book of the winners and finalists of an inaugural event "to capture and share" the perspectives of photographers from all walks of life. The inspiration for the contest comes from... Continue Reading →

A festival photobook

As part of the Ulster Festival of Art & Design at Ulster University, I dropped in on a 30-minute photobook lab. Inside a pop-up style workspace on the ground floor of the Belfast campus were a few tables strewn with... Continue Reading →

“Don’t see migrant community as ‘them and us'”: High Sheriff of Belfast

“Don’t see migrant community as ‘them and us'”: High Sheriff of Belfast by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 6 March 2015 "Don't see migrant community as 'them and us'": High Sheriff of Belfast At a launch event for a... Continue Reading →

Review: World Atlas of Street Photography (Jackie Higgins)

I have not studied photography formally, but take solace that many of the 100 photographers featured in this thorough volume of the urban landscape and its people have learned their craft from the harsh realities of the street. Nevertheless I... Continue Reading →

My favourite photo locations

Recently my brother asked me where were my favourite photo locations. I don't know if "favourite" is the right word. Photography encompasses many genres, and photojournalists let their curiosity and ambitions take them wherever they're called, whether on assignments or self-motivated... Continue Reading →

Review: Frank Browne: A Life through the Lens (David and Edwin Davison)

God can sanctify photography. With a poem by Pope Leo XIII, Colin Ford explains the basis for how Irish Jesuit Frank Browne acquired a camera from his bishop uncle, at the age of 17, and kept making images throughout his... Continue Reading →

Mr Ulster enters a photo competition: Urban Picnic Street Photography

Nothing like a competition to focus the mind. Urban Picnic Street Photography organises an annual competition, with entrants allowed to submit three of their finest. I don't fancy my chances, as I'm relatively new to this game. But if it... Continue Reading →

Review: Jacques Lowe: My Kennedy Years (Proud Gallery)

Thanks to an article published in British Airways’ in-flight magazine, High Life, I learned of a photo exhibition of the work of Jacques Lowe, who was a personal and professional photographer for John F. Kennedy. On display at the Proud... Continue Reading →

Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography. Discuss.

To mark its 30th anniversary, Belfast Exposed has organised an extensive exhibition of photographic work, displayed both at its premises on Donegall Street as well as at The MAC. The exhibition -- Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography -- "focuses... Continue Reading →

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑