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New Healthcare Facility at Tymon North
November 25, 2019 4:02 PM Blog
This recent commission was to capture images to illustrate the extent and quality of this newly built healthcare facility at Tymon in Tallaght.I was taken by the beautifully landscaped garden areas at the 1st level to the front and also to the rear of the building.The planning of this centre shows a great sensitivity to the welfare of all who are likely to receive treatment there and equally, their families.These images and others can be found in my image library ......
East Lounge - Dublin Airport
November 12, 2019 3:54 PM Blog
Recently I had the opportunity to capture the splendour this recently completed fit-out project in Dublin Airport for a client, Glenbeigh Construction.This lounge with its lovely rich tones has a distinctly Irish feel to it. In fact the logo was inspired by the Ogham alphabet, which was used to write the Irish language in medieval times and means the point where east meets west.This lounge will serves business and first class passengers travelling east.See article here ......
Hillsborough Castle
November 11, 2019 10:50 AM Blog
I have always been interested in this magnificent building and its significance in relation to peace process negotiations and so I decided to visit last November during a trip to Belfast.A stroll in the beautiful and extensive Gardens quickly confirms why it was such a fitting place to talk of peace.The Castle had just reopened to visitors after extensive renovation. It really is a 'must visit' location with the most knowledeable and welcoming tour guides. The picture below illustrates ......
Dublin Port - An Elevated View
November 11, 2019 9:25 AM Blog
A recent view showing the expanse of the Dublin Port.An image being added to my upcoming online image library.
Sound Design in Architecture
November 5, 2019 2:30 PM Blog
I recently came across this TED talk by Julian Treasure (9:45s) on the topic of building design with an emphasis on sound quality as well as appearance.Julian shares some really interesting statistics on this topic in his talk.It struck a chord with me because, like may of you I have been to restaurants and public spaces where due to reverberation it can become very challenging to have an engaging conversation.When recording Video it is my experience that the sound quality is paramount to t ......
Image Library - NEW
October 22, 2019 4:50 PM Blog
I am often asked , whilst on site photographing a project for my client if it is possible to obtain copies of some of the photos. Whilst the photos are primarily for my client I can facilitate such requests by adding some of these images to my online library, where they can be purchased by contractors, Architects or others involved in the project.Equally these are available to your web/graphic designer.The images are searchable, so as to quickly yield a result (successful or otherwise) ......
DLR Lexicon
October 1, 2019 3:33 PM Blog
© Michael O'Farrell PhotographyThe photo above shows the splendor of the DLR Lexicon, in Dun Laoghaire. Buildings, especially public buildings, are such an important part of who we are. They reflect our spirit and adventure and indeed our outlook. They are an opportunity for the revival of community and increased engagement therein. The advent of this library has brought many possibilities for people of all ages to experience ideas in a new and original and exciting environment. The expans ......
Glenbeigh Records Management - Oxygen Reduction System
August 30, 2019 9:53 AM Blog
Video to Highlight State of The Art Fire Prevention SystemThe brief here was to introduce and explain the implementation of a sophisticated fire prevention system, called ORS - Oxygen Reduction System, which is the ultimate in fire prevention, given its ability to prevent initial combustion. The task posed quite a number of technical challenges and required careful planning but with the aid of a very willing and hands- on client the final video met with widespread approval. [FORM] ......
August 29, 2019 4:14 PM Blog
Tallaght Hospital Heroes 2019This recent video was commissioned to capture the essence of a ceremony of recognition for staff who went above and beyond the call of duty.The video was shot and proofed via the Vimeo platform to facilitate preview and revision (as was delivery of the finished video file)The Vimeo platform allows the client a range of file download options to suit different presentation platforms.Video enquiries Here
Cherrywood Development
March 5, 2019 12:09 PM Blog
This development is of particular interest to me given that I have lived and operated my photography business from nearby Watson Estate since 1987.The aerial picture (taken Feb 2019) is courtesy of my friend Richard O'Connell of ROC Design with whom I have worked on many graphic design and web projects for clients.The Road infrastructure is well advanced at this stage and great progress is being made on park and amenity areas, a significant amount of which is o ......
January 23, 2019 9:01 AM Blog
I recently printed a collection of photos of Buildings and Interiors from my work in the property sector.If you operate in this sector (as an Architect/Quantity Surveyor/Property Management Coy/Designer or the like) and you have an existing or upcoming project would like a copy you can request via the form below:- (Note in the event that the printed copies are gone I will supply you with a PDF of the book) [FORM] ......
The Fascination of the Spiral Staircase
January 22, 2019 5:19 PM Blog
Here is a beautiful example of a spiral staircase I photographed at the College of Surgeons during Open House in October last.This major construction project was featured in an RTE Documentary last October.See related articleIf you get a chance to tour this building make sure you take it. Open House happens in October each year and is run by the Irish Architecture Foundation IAF Website This article The Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence and its significance to Arti ......
Why We Should Cherish the Beauty of a Building
January 22, 2019 3:24 PM Blog
The Bank Building - Belfast Nov 2018 (after fire damage in August)The photo above shows the remains of this once magnificent building, with a heritage dating back to 1785, when it was constructed as a bank (thus the name).A fire which broke out at 11:05 on the 28th of August 2018 in the building, leaving a tangled wreck.It took all of 4 hours to reduce the building to this.I always try to appreciate the magnificience of such structures and record them in all their glory. In fact o ......
Clancy Quay Photo Book
October 3, 2018 4:42 PM Blog
Just in from the printers is my photobook of Clancy Quay and the Officers Mess. As one of my previous Blogs described, it was such a pleasure to capture the sheer quality of this unique restoration project by Glenbeigh Construction in conjunction with O'Mahony Pike Architects and Kennedy Wilson Europe. Now that I see the image collection in print I am reminded just why this is so. ......
The Officers Mess Restoration - Clancy Quay
June 26, 2018 3:28 PM Blog
It's essential to capture the 'HERO' shot when photographing a project. The inclusion of an image of a detail element of master-craftmanship can illustrate the absolute quality of the entire project.In this instance, the restoration of the main staircase to its original magnificence is the trademark of every aspect of the finish that is evident throughout this project.The image below will help give you a sense of this idyllic location.If you would lik ......
RIAI Housing Award 2018 - Clancy Quay Phase 2
June 20, 2018 2:37 PM Blog
I'm delighted to see the the success of this development in the 2018 RIAI awards.This was an inspiring project to photograph for my client, Glenbeigh Construction, who were the main contractor.
April 10, 2018 8:03 PM Blog
The DLR Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire is to my mind an exceptional piece of architecture and design. I was lucky enough to get a tour of the building, conducted by the architects, Carr Cotter & Naessens prior to its opening, as part of the Open House program. This building is like a colossus on the edge of the harbour with magnificent views across the bay to Howth. I am immensely proud of those who brought this incredible facility to Dun Laoghaire. I think of it as a reaching out ......
Light Designs on River Liffey
April 10, 2018 3:46 PM Blog
The Samuel Beckett Bridge (designed by Santiago Calatrava in conjunction with Roughan O'Donovan) has brought an elegant beauty to the River Liffey as illustrated here in this photo at twilight.I often marvel at the elegance of this bridge.In this photo I wanted to show the glory of the harp like design against the backdrop of the City as light fades and the setting sun transforms the reflections on the water and in the windows of adjacent buildings into a wonderful river of rich and vivid c ......
Restful Respite
April 8, 2018 3:52 PM Blog
I took this photo at a newly opened hospice for children in Leopardstown, Co Dublin. I was there on assignment to record the completed building for the building contractor.During a tour of the building I came to realise the depth of detail and planning that went into this facility for terminally ill children and their families. There was a sense of humanity and empathy evident here and a desire to preserve human dignity in the most challenging of lifes circumstances. The ......
Clancy Quay...linking past and future
March 13, 2018 10:24 AM Blog
Clancy Quay...linking past and future Photography assignments can resemble people in some ways...they can be wildly varied, very different and intriguing but occasionally you have a really special encounter...something that leaves an indelible impression. This was, truly, the case with this assignment to photograph the recently completed Clancy Quay residential development at Islandbridge (originally the site of Clancy Barracks). The word 'restoration' of ......
January 13, 2017 12:18 PM Blog
Time Lapse Photography has been around for an age but as with all challenges it has been rather expensive and downright difficult to achieve.There are many challenges to long term time lapse video creation for outdoor projects especially, not least the security of expensive cameras, weatherproofing of such cameras and storage of large amounts of raw data (imagery) not to mention long lasting battery power supply other than via mains supply.A solution to these issues ......
My Space
February 27, 2016 3:56 PM Blog
I love the setting of this apartment in a riverside location outside the city limits. Overlooking the river and a meticulously manicured open area beneath with views of the countryside. I love the sense of freedom a balcony brings, I supppose its why they refer to it as a room outside. I just saw this balcony hanging in space against the blue sky and I thought this would be idyllic freedom. I guess this is what the designers had in mind. ......
February 27, 2016 3:55 PM Blog
This building at Charlotte Quay has a mystical appeal. It stands majestic against the skyline and the green lighting of the foreground plaza illustrates that expectant buzz you feel in the place. It is one of the most significant buildings in this revitalized theatre area dotted with cafes. The scarcity of window lights suggests that its inhabitants are out enjoying the nightlife . For that reason I chose to show this building at twilight against the dramatic blue Friday night sky. ......
February 27, 2016 3:54 PM Blog
This dynamic design of the Terminal 2 building at Dublin Airport symbolise a nation ready to explore new frontiers. I wanted to set these dynamic shapes against the deep blue evening sky to dramatise their intriguing spaceship quality and as I had been on-site for a client at the airport that day I adjusted my schedule to take the opportunity to capture this image.I had a clear mental picture of what this image would be before I was on site and it was so important to get the picture in that ......
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