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Clancy Quay...linking past and future with orchestral harmony
March 13, 2018 10:24 AM Blog
Clancy Quay...linking past and future with orchestral harmonyPhotography 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 ......
Villa Tugendhat
September 20, 2013 03:52 PM Blog
Villa Tugendhat, Brno, Czech RepublicI recently attended a documentary film about the iconic Villa Tugendhat, Brno, Czech Republic, during the Jameson Dublin Film Festival. It was built in 1930 for a jewish couple Grete Weiss and her husband Fritz Tugendhat who were members of wealthy industrialist families in Brno in former Czechoslovakia. Its design unveiled a new approach to architecture at the time, namely, functionalism. The architect, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (1886-1969)&nbs ......
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.
DLR Lexicon
November 27, 2014 03:33 PM Blog
I am hugely impressed by the new library, in Dun Laoghaire which I saw during the Open House weekend in October organized by the Irish Architecture Foundation. It was especially exciting in that the tour was conducted by the architect in person. This building is of such magnitude that it must contain some element of the souls of those who planned and charted its course to completion. I am immensely proud of those who brought this incredible facility to Dun Laoghaire. For me it represen ......
Eileen Gray Villa – E1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
March 26, 2015 09:31 AM Blog
Eileen Gray's modernist 1929 Villa in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the French Riviera – E1027 Some time ago at a clients office I noticed that the furniture in the reception area was similar to the Brno chair design by renowned architect Mies Van Der Rohe. I had seen these in a fascinating documentary on Haus Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic. Another of his famous designs is the Barcelona Chair. This had led to a conversation about a book by Simon Mawer called ‘The Glass Room' which w ......
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. ......
New Frontiers
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 ......
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 ......
City in a New Light
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.
Creating a photo on location - Kitchen in Client Showroom
January 13, 2016 11:40 AM Blog
Client - Existing - Kitchen Supplier/Fitter Nationwide Requirement - Create photos of popular kitchen styles at two different showrooms (Dublin & Newbridge)Finished Image Spec/Usage - Images in TIFF format for use in Promotional/Advertising Print and Web format.Deadline - within 4 weeks of enquiry.The Process - called to client at his showroom for discussion. Agreed on displays for photography and on employing the services of a stylist to dress the kitchens for photography. Took some referen ......
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 ......
Airfield, Dundrum
November 27, 2014 03:05 PM Blog
Airfield, Dundrum was recently reopened after a major structural refurbishment programme. The detail of the restoration and the sheer quality of presentation of the historical imagery and personal items of the original occupiers evidences the enormous heritage attaching to Airfield. It is very reassuring to witness the importance that still attaches to this remarkable property.See Article on its history. ......
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 ......
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 ......
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 ......
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.
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. ......
Highlight on Modern Living
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. ......
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