African and Caribbean Photography

News : African and Caribbean Photography

‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Cinematographer On Reunion With ‘Joe Versus the Volcano’ Director: ‘We Got on Great’

It was 31 years ago when cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt first met playwright John Patrick Shanley. At that point in his career, Goldblatt had photographed “The Hunger,” “Young Sherlock Holmes,” and the first two “Lethal Weapon” movies. Shanley, who had won an Oscar for writing 1987’s “Moonstruck,” needed a trained eye to lens his first film as a director. It was an offbeat romantic comedy about a terminally ill man, played by Tom Hanks, who agrees to leap into a volcano to assuage island gods.

‘Joe Versus the Volcano’ was a wonderful experience for me,” Goldblatt said to TheWrap. “John was such an imaginative director and I think the film was well ahead of its time. We got on great together and stayed friends over these years.”

Goldblatt was born in South Africa and raised in London. Now 75, he makes his home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. A couple years ago, he received a call from his old pal Shanley. He had cast Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan and Christopher Walken for his third film as a director, the Irish-set love story “Wild Mountain Thyme,” based on his Broadway play “Outside Mullingar.” (Shanley also directed Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” in 2008.)

Also Read: Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan Live a Romantic Irish Fairy Tale in 'Wild Mountain Thyme' Trailer (Video)

Goldblatt accepted and the two men even shared a house during the production in County Mayo, Ireland. “It just made sense to stay in the same house,” Goldblatt said. “We have a good friendship, so that helps. I went for a two-week location scout with John and we had so much to see. So John and I moved in together, then his assistant moved in, then eventually my wife arrived. It was a very nice experience.”

He continued, “County Mayo is just heaven. John and I were walking around neolithic burial grounds. There are ancient monuments and cemeteries and strange spiritual places. It is beautiful but it’s more than just the physical beauty. There’s a history to it. When we were doing overhead shots in a helicopter, we never had to take anything out of the frame, either digitally or otherwise. Because at 500 feet, it’s basically unchanged from two or three centuries ago.”

Ballina, the town where much of the film’s action was shot, is the ancestral home of Joe Biden. “It’s a beautiful Irish town with fantastic Irish pubs and full of character,” Goldblatt said. “But for COVID I would have visited again by now. I can’t wait to go back.”

Also Read: 'Wild Mountain Thyme' Film Review: Relentless Charm Offensive Makes Irish-Set Rom-Com Hard to Resist

“Wild Mountain Thyme” is a romantic story with certain odd, mystical qualities that are revealed in the relationship between Blunt and Dornan’s characters. The earth of the farmland appears preternaturally green. That slightly fantastical sense was suffused into the photography, Goldblatt explained.

“The story is about the land that these characters inhabit. We made a conscious decision that the landscapes were part of the narrative. But still I must say John and I are the luckiest director/cinematographer team in the world. We had gorgeous late-autumn light and color, when we could have had three months of rain. In fact, the rain started about two days after we wrapped. There’s a beautiful scene with Jamie and Emily near the end of the film, and I’d always planned where the camera would be for it. But I could have never planned for the sun to have burst through the clouds and hit them with backlight at just the right moment, with the river roaring behind them. It was fantastic.”

Goldblatt is especially glad for another collaboration with Shanley. Over the course of his career, the cinematographer has often favored workflows with the same filmmakers. He’s worked on multiple projects with late greats Mike Nichols (“Angels in America,” “Closer,” “Charlie Wilson’s War”) and Alan J. Pakula (“The Pelican Brief,” “Consenting Adults”).

Also Read: 'Outside Mullingar' Theater Review: John Patrick Shanley Returns to 'Moonstruck' Turf Via Ireland

“Mike and Alan, oh I miss those guys every day,” he said. “It wasn’t my friendships with them that got me the work. Our friendships, which were wonderful, sprung from the work. And they could both be challenging directors to work with.”

Goldblatt elaborates that those are traits Shanley shares. “John is a wonderful guy but he’s very demanding and he knows what he wants. Which is great and totally fine. I think was ties him to a director like Mike Nichols is that their projects have been produced on stage. ‘Angels in America,’ of course, was a very successful theater production. And that’s how ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ began as well. It gives confidence to the director because they know what works.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt Superhero Package 'Ball and Chain' Lands at Netflix

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt Sail Down the Amazon in 'Jungle Cruise' Trailer (Video)

(webremix.info)


Neill Blomkamp Directed Supernatural Horror Film in Secret During Pandemic (webremix.info)


vivo Launches X50 Series in South Africa

vivo has released the X50 and X50 Pro — part of the all-new vivo series of flagship smartphones. “The X50 series is a professional photography flagship smartphone for consumers to record and share the best moments of their lives in a simple way,” says Jet Xu, Head of Middle East and Africa Business at vivo. […] (webremix.info)


Latin American Foto Festival: Culture and coronavirus

Caribbean and Latin American photography features in the third Annual Latin American Foto Festival. (webremix.info)


‘Insecure’ Creator Issa Rae on Comedy in a Time of Crisis: ‘We Are More Than Our Trauma’ (webremix.info)


‘Escape From Pretoria’ Film Review: Daniel Radcliffe Prison-Escape Drama Sags When He’s Off-Screen (webremix.info)


10 things you should know about the new Sony Alpha 9 II

On Thursday, 5 December 2019, Sony launched the Alpha 9 II – a full-frame interchangeable lens camera that has been created specifically to support working professionals in the fields of sports photography and photojournalism – in South Africa. Building upon the legacy of Alpha 9, the new Alpha 9 II maintains ground-breaking speed performance including [&hellip (webremix.info)


Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley Join Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Prisoner 760’ (webremix.info)


‘An Officer and a Spy’ Review: Roman Polanski Is No Emile Zola in This Listless Retelling of the Dreyfus Affair (webremix.info)


‘The Lion King’ Film Review: Impressive Technical Mastery Drains the Life From the Original (webremix.info)


Inspiring a culture of conservation through photography

Canon South Africa and the Wild Shots Outreach programme continue to shift mindsets and nurture a love for wildlife amongst underprivileged children near the Kruger National Park. The partners recently teamed up to host a wildlife photography exhibition at Frank Maghinyana High School in Ludlow, Mpumalanga to educate the learners about wildlife photography and conservation. [&hellip (webremix.info)


Halle Berry Just Called Out Prince Harry for Sneakily Having a Poster of Her in His Old Dorm Room (webremix.info)


Nat Geo Wild Slate Includes New Fishing Show, Plus Here’s a Puma Video for ‘Big Cat Week’ (Exclusive) (webremix.info)


Giant of SA Photography Used His Lens With Precision and Compassion

[Daily Maverick] David Goldblatt was one of South Africa's best known photographic chroniclers. For seven decades, he explored a series of critical explorations of South African society. He is one of our countries major artistic figures, someone who has captured time and space in images that are burnt onto the collective consciousness. And politically, Goldblatt was often a lightning rod. (webremix.info)


Terry Gilliam’s Epically Troubled ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote:’ A Brief History (webremix.info)


Memories and beauty captured in Africa

Memory is among the themes featuring at the African Biennale of Photography in Mali's capital. (webremix.info)


Africa:Africa's Megacities: Boom or Bust

[Africa In Fact] Regular readers of Africa in Fact will recall our edition on local government (April 2016), which established a new template for the journal, with more space for articles and an attractive design based on high-quality photography and useful infographics. (webremix.info)


South African Filmmaker Head-Butted by Giraffe Dies at 47 (webremix.info)


Nat Geo Wild Renews ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol,’ 3 Other Shows (Exclusive) (webremix.info)


Namibia:Marginalised Namibians Are Trying to Reclaim Photography After Colonialism

[The Conversation Africa] Many people think of photography as the ultimate democratic mass medium. Anyone can take and upload a selfie to global platforms. Photos taken by ordinary people and shared on social media have contributed to political change, for example during the Egyptian revolution of 2011. (webremix.info)


Nigeria:Green... Nigeria's First Indigenous Photographer in Spotlight

[Guardian] Jonathan Adagogo Green (J. A. Green), now recognised as Nigeria's first indigenous professional photographer, was born in Bonny (Rivers State, Nigeria) in 1873. He studied photography in Sierre Leonne and then established a studio in Bonny and became one of the most prolific and accomplished indigenous photographers to be active in West Africa. (webremix.info)


Memories and beauty captured in Africa

Memory is among the themes featuring at the African Biennale of Photography in Mali's capital. (webremix.info)


Ron Meyer, Tom Hanks, Jason Blum Named to Academy Museum’s New Board of Trustees (webremix.info)


Aspiring young African wildlife photographers get great shots with Canon (webremix.info)


Africa:Not the Africa We Know - Chinese Exhibit Compares Black People to Animals

[This is Africa] A Chinese museum was forced to remove an exhibit comparing Africans to animals when critics pointed out how "astonishingly offensive" it was. The Exhibition showcased photography in a section dubbed "This Is Africa", which juxtaposed images of wild African animals with black African people, which caused an uproar for its racist connotations. (webremix.info)


'Human Flow' Offers A Searing Look At The Global Refugee Crisis

Using aerial photography and intimate, one-on-one interviews to document the plight of migrants in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, artist Ai Weiwei's documentary is grim but vital. (webremix.info)


South Africa: Bearing Witness - Why It Is Worth Seeing Masixole Feni's Photography

[GroundUp] A Drain on our Dignity provides a visual slice through townships of Cape Town (webremix.info)


The Inspiring Ways Will, Kate, and Harry Spent Their College Gap Years (webremix.info)


An Irish Photographer’s Images of Refugee Camps Win the Prix Pictet

“Heat Maps 2016-17,” Richard Mosse’s thermal-camera images of camps across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, captured this Swiss photography prize. (webremix.info)


Portraits from the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

These portraits have all been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, capturing everything from tribes in West Africa to Syrian refugees. (webremix.info)


Mesmerising winners of the underwater photography awards

With images taken in South Africa, Mexico and beyond, the winners of the 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year awards have been announced, with entrants hailing from 67 countries. (webremix.info)


Links : African and Caribbean Photography

eritreanbeauty-comEritrean Beauty

The Dutch photographer Anne Alders has captured the everyday life of the nine sections of the Eritrean population in a superb and inimitable way. Over a consecutive period of seven years, Anne Alders travelled across Eritrea on a regular basis. Owing to the contribution of prof. dr. Jan Abbink this book of photos has obtained an anthropological and cultural value and significance.


fotowino-nlmusic photography

More than 25.000 pictures about folk, rootsmusic and worldmusic and more


blackmirages-comBlack Mirages

BLACK MIRAGES is a collection of photographs of the people of Africa by Alain Paris. Includes sections on African ebony women, dance videos, and more. Images are in black and white, and color.


alainsebeimages-comAlain Sèbe Images

Alain Sbe Images has been publishing books, cards, prints and calendars dedicated to the Sahara desert and Egypt for 25 years.


revuenoire-comREVUE NOIRE

REVUE NOIRE publisher : books and magazines on African Culture of today, and from its diaspora. Art, Photography, Literature...


newpressphoto-comNew Press Algerie

New Press aims at showing them the real image of Algeria



You can Submit a Link in this category