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‘The Doomen’ by Robert Ormerod
The Institute Gallery
14 Roseneath Street
Edinburgh EH9 1JH

29th June to 28th July, 2012

As part of The Institute’s commitment to support new and upcoming talent the gallery announces the premiere of Robert Omerod’s acclaimed photographic series ‘The Doomen’. 26 year old Robert completed a degree in Journalism at the University of Stirling before pursuing a career in photography. Robert is a self taught freelance photographer, based in Edinburgh, who is interested in telling stories and pursuing long term bodies of work. His Red Road project was exhibited widely and selected in Press Photographers year 2011. Robert was recently named a winner in Magenta Flash Forward 2012 for the Doomen series.

The Doomen

Young Doomen tell stories of men who sleep and eat with their pigeons and others who have left their wives for the birds. Over Tennents and cigarettes they talk about long ago fights over birds which left someone’s uncle or grandfather stabbed or beaten. They talk about how huts used to be torched, almost forgotten brawls and van loads of Edinburgh Doomen raiding huts in Glasgow en mass. But most of all they talk about the excitement of the catch: Who has caught what; who’s flying well, the near misses and the thrill of the catch.
This series explores “Doo flying”, a pass-time which has been practiced in Scotland since Victorian times. Thousands, mainly in the housing schemes of Edinburgh and Glasgow, fly horseman thief pigeons, or “doos” from are lofts, bedrooms, living rooms and sheds often built by hand.
Horseman Thief Pouters are a type of pigeon which have been used for hundreds of years to capture other pigeons. This is a unique trait of this particular breed and other breeds do not have the ability to seduce other pigeons back to their home loft.
The sport of Doo-flying is based around the thrill of catching another dooman’s pigeons. The birds are firstly kept from mating as long as possible in order to ‘build up steam’. Doomen then send male or female birds up in an effort to entice members of the opposite sex, which belong to a fellow flyer, back to the hut. Men and women of all ages fly against neighbours, friends or relatives and have been doing so for the hundreds of years.
In some of the poorer housing schemes doo-flying is a way of life and has been passed from parent to offspring for generations. While some doomen are second or third generation unemployed, splitting their time between drinking or drug taking and doo-flying, the majority use the pass-time as a gateway to a better life.
Many parents often introduce the pass time to their sons in the hope of keeping them out of trouble. For the young, doo-flying provides focus, structure and a reason to stay off the street in areas where crime, substance abuse and teen pregnancy are high and the majority leave school without the qualifications necessary to progress into higher education.

Today’s offering is a series by Robert Ormerod called ‘Doomen’. The series explores the 'Doo Flying’ a pass-time which has been practised in Scotland since Victorian times. Thousands of people fly horseman thief pigeons, or “doos” from there lofts, bedrooms, living rooms and sheds often built by hand. Horseman Thief Pouters are a type of pigeon which have been used for hundreds of years to capture other pigeons. The sport of Doo-flying is based around the thrill of catching another dooman’s pigeons.

(Photo by Robert Ormerod)

(Photo by Robert Ormerod)

(Photo by Robert Ormerod)

Check out more of this series on Robert’s website:

http://www.robertormerod.co.uk

New Post has been published on Xuyen V Tram

New Post has been published on http://xuyenvtram.com/marc-doomen-french-horn/

Marc Doomen (French Horn)

A few nice Website Promotion images I found:

Marc Doomen (French Horn)


Image by ~BC~
Marc has given me approval to publish all 8 of his photographs.

Marc played French Horn with Andre Rieu. Shortly, I’ll have a list of the DVD’s Marc appeared in:

MUSICOGRAPHY, with Andre

Christmas with André Rieu aka Mein Weihnachtstraum
#1 O Daughter of Zion – French Horn, part of the quartet of musicans playing outside in the snow
#5 Come Little Children – Duet with Ruud
#8 The Little Drummer Boy – Duet with Ruud

100 Years of Strauss

Dreaming

Gala Concert
#13 Strauss & Co,- drinking champagne
#15 Chianti Song – vocal duet with Ruud & plants a kiss on his cheek at the end

Walzertraum(PAL only)

Royal Albert Hall
#8 Nuns Choir – Briefly featured

Romantic Moments

After leaving Andre, Marc has pursued a musical career in Conducting having achieved the Quarterfinals in International Competition for Conductors in 2008.

In Marc’s own words, here is his Biography

I am on August 7, 1972 born in Heerlen and now live with my wife Judith Munstergeleen. My musical career began at age 6 in the drum band of the Royal Fanfare St. Caecilia Puth was 9 years and when I got my first trumpet lessons from Harrie Kusters and later on the music of Jan van Hulten of Geleen. This instrument I played until I decided on my 19th horn to play. After the first HACO (HAVO + Conservatory preparatory class) have followed the Jeanne D’arc Maastricht college, I continued my music studies at the Conservatory of Maastricht. Here I studied with Erich Penzel Horn, Will Sanders, and Willy Bessems Crutz Hub. Also in that period followed the training HaFaBra by Sef Pijpers and conductor Pierre Kuipers.

I was in my second year at the conservatory when I woke up one Monday morning at 8:00 call from André Rieu. I must confess that I (it was in September 1994) was never heard from him!
He asked me whether I felt like a time to come and play because he wanted a horn for his orchestra.The same had to occur Monday morning otherwise he had no time. I was like, I certainly would, because I only played 2 years horn and wanted as many games. So I quickly dressed and taken the train to Maastricht. In Rieu arrived home, I had not had time to be nervous because everything went so fast, I was asked to play something.

I did the 4th horn concerto by Mozart and played with a number of solo passages Rieu from his program played. I could immediately start the next day and finally I have been in 10 years trumpeter Johann Strauss Orchestra and I have many famous concert halls around the world must act. So I played ao in the following rooms and / or cities: The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Musikverein in Vienna, Radio City Music Hall in New York, Boston Symphonic Hall in Boston, JFK Center in Washington, Tokyo, Osaka , Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Los Angeles, Miami, Rome, Zurich, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Mexico, Chicago, Toronto. Too many to mention really ……………
I have also included 10 stables CDs and hundreds of television pictures made. All in all a great time to look back on, IIK was never there!
If remplaçant I also played with include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Marine Band of the Royal Navy, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, The Dutch Opera, Il Novecento (band of the Night of the Proms), the Fanfare of the Royal Army Corps’ Mounted Arms and many HaFaBra orchestras at home and abroad.
Conducting Rieu I had during my time on the back burner due to time constraints, but since I stopped when I joined Alex Schillings Rieu HaFaBra management study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. This follow up to my previous conservatory in Maastricht.

On June 28, 2008 I graduated Cum Laude for my Bachelor of Music degree HaFaBra Management (now more on my thesis). The practical part of my exam I did in the theater Asta Beek along the creek with the Brass Band Limburg as euphonium soloist Renato Meli.
With this result I was admitted to the training HaFaBra Executive Master of Music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. This study I follow now with Alex Schillings.

In the summer of 2009 I took part in the International Competition of the conductors WMC Here I achieved the quarterfinals.

Besides my shelf treatments also conducted at various places the small buyer training. As a freelance horn player, I have also played regularly active and Alto horn (alto) in the creek Brass Band Limburg. Here I was also a board member until 2009 alongside musician and band manager. As a music specialist teachers I worked at the St. Maartens Maastricht, primary and Puth Petrus Canisius in the SBO to Geleen.

I am currently conducting the following associations:
Koninklijke Fanfare St. Caecilia Jabeek 1st Division
Instrumental Eilendorf Verein (Aachen) 1869 eV höchststufe

I am Conductor in the following associations:
Fanfare St.Caecilia Spaubeek 2003-2008 2nd Division champion WMC + promotion in 2005 and vice Dutch champion in 2006
Harmonie St. Caecilia Spekholzerheide 3rd Division 2005-2007
Harmony Les Amis Réunis Nieuwstadt 2005-2009 2nd Division competition participation in 2008
Fanfare St. Caecilia Broeksittard 2005-2006 3rd Division Interim Conductor
Youth Band St. Joseph Sittard 2005-2008
Youth Harmonie St. Caecilia Hoensbroek 2003-2006
Youth Fanfare St. Caecilia Puth 1992-1998

Here is a link to Marc’s website (In Dutch)
www.emdiesmusic.nl/

If you have any photos of Marc, that you would like to share with us, please email them to me:
southpawbc-flickr@yahoo.com

& I will add them to the set of Marc’s photos

A Bit of Self Promotion


Image by gazzat
This is a section of the website page from the Magazine Monitor at news.bbc.co.uk where a version of my photo “Bird Heaven” was used (with my permission).

My Second solo Exhibition on my “Doomen” series opens this Friday at 6pm at The Institute in Edinburgh’s Marchemont.  Did this image make the edit? Come along to my opening and find out. 

“As part of The Institute’s commitment to support new and upcoming talent the gallery announces the premiere of Robert Omerod’s acclaimed photographic series ‘The Doomen’. 26 year old Robert completed a degree in Journalism at the University of Stirling beforepursuing a career in photography. Robert is a self taught freelance photographer, based in Edinburgh, who is interested in telling stories and pursuing long term bodies of work. His Red Road project was exhibited widely and selected in Press Photographers year 2011. Robert was recently named a winner in Magenta Flash Forward 2012 for the Doomen series.

Young Doomen tell stories of men who sleep and eat with their pigeons and others who have left their wives for the birds. Over Tennents and cigarettes they talk about long ago fights over birds which left someone’s uncle or grandfather stabbed or beaten. They talk about how huts used to be torched, almost forgotten brawls and van loads of Edinburgh Doomen raiding huts in Glasgow en mass. But most of all they talk about the excitement of the catch: Who has caught what; who’s flying well, the near misses and the thrill of the catch.
This series explores “Doo flying”, a pass-time which has been practiced in Scotland since Victorian times. Thousands, mainly in the housing schemes of Edinburgh and Glasgow, fly horseman thief pigeons, or “doos” from are lofts, bedrooms, living rooms and sheds often built by hand.

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Doomen TWENTY14

DOOMEN SS2014 “Such passion always improves the breed.”

A collection inspired by those who take part in “Doo flying”, a Scottish sporting tradition for hundreds of years and widely popular in the housing schemes across Glasgow. ‘Doomen” is the name given to men who fly pigeons. 

Homage to the beauties caged in the doohuts, building anticipation for the big release, sent out to seduce a fellow bird for capture. Alluring and fierce, this collection has purpose. To attract the opposition. 

Seven finely crafted digital prints on silk crepe coupled with accents of hand dyed barkweave cotton in petrol, periwinkle and powder blue are inspired by the feathered textures of the bird. Layers of ombre fabric give the collection distinctive Saunt and Sinner twist. Photographer Jamie Vincent Gillespie 
Hair Claire Hosie
Model Dominique Wnuk and Hannah Palmer
Clothing Saunt & Sinner

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