DLR Lexicon
October 1, 2019 03:33 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 ......
August 30, 2019 09:53 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 04:14 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 09:01 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 05:19 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 03:24 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 04:42 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 03:28 PM Blog
Photo © Michael O'Farrell PhotographyIt'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.Photo © Michael O'Farrell PhotographyThe image below wi ......
RIAI Housing Award 2018 - Clancy Quay Phase 2
June 20, 2018 02:37 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.
Reflections on a Building
April 10, 2018 08:03 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 03:46 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 03:52 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 03:56 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 03:55 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 03:54 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 ......
Open Mind
February 27, 2016 03:51 PM Blog
The skylight in this image is in the central area of a new library wing at a secondary school. As an avid reader, I had an extra special affinity with this assignment of portraying this wonderful facility along with the ceremonial opening visit by the Minister of Education. This skylight represented to me the essence of all learning, namely, that an open mind allows us access to knowledge and understanding of ourselves and the world around us. ......
February 27, 2016 03:50 PM Blog
The design of this light standard against the backdrop of the Sean O'Casey Bridge, the IFSC and Liberty Hall caught my attention whilst returning from a project nearby. I just like the sense of renewal and regeneration in the docklands area and it makes me feel proud of the city.
Future Past
February 27, 2016 03:49 PM Blog
Wonderful Development of The Gasworks in Ringsend This is one of my favourite buildings in Dublin. Known as The Gasworks, it is an ingenious example of mixing such a recognisable part of the old city landscape and transforming it into a wonderful landmark.
Dublin Trinity
February 27, 2016 03:45 PM Blog
This photo from the Samuel Beckett Bridge encircles a trinity of Dublin Landmarks, namely Liberty Hall, The Custom House and The Spire. Twilight gave me the perfect setting for showing these three landmark features of the city from the elegant Samuel Beckett Bridge.
Dignity in Colour
February 27, 2016 03:41 PM Blog
I was enchanted with this colour corridor at an Alzheimer's day care centre in the course of photographing the centre on its completion by the construction company just as it was being completed. I felt this building was conceived and created to show great dignity and respect to the persons who would be cared for here. I felt the building design and implementation with its wonderful array of colour as in this photo and the provision for enormous amount of light access delivered a unique upliftin ......
The Great Protectors
February 27, 2016 03:40 PM Blog
Clubhouse at Castleknock Golf ClubThis photo of a bright atmospheric clubhouse at Castleknock Golf Club is very special for me.I was trying to capture the essence of the clubhouse setting whilst photographing a luxurious development at Somerton, adjacent to the course, for its owners.I viewed it from many angles as I looked for a way to describe its setting. It has a large water feature/bunkers and the impressive 18th green to the front. I wanted to show its majestic site and the wonderful ambie ......
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