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The Making of a Photo
January 13, 2016 10:19 AM Blog
Project to photograph door handles for a nationwide distributorIntroduction by web designer - adding product to revamped website.Client hoping to photograph range of handles on door in client showroom.Following a meeting it was recommended by me that I do this in studio using my light tent to control reflections and give a high gloss finish to the images. The initial test photo showed the handle lying on the light tent base but the client wanted to see them mounted as they would look when a ......
Showhouse at Thormanby Hill, Howth
February 26, 2016 09:51 AM Blog

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 ......
Producing a Client DVD
January 26, 2016 02:32 PM Blog
Barhale Response Group - Water Treatment Specialists (UK & Ireland)Client Requirement A DVD slideshow movie for use at the launch of a new head office in the UK to promote existing operations there along with those of its Irish partner.The task involved assembling aerial and ground images of significant contracts completed throughout UK and Ireland and presenting a finished DVD for showing on large TV displays at the launch venue.The DVD was written as autoplay and loop for continuous p ......
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. ......
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 ......
Cosgrave Homes - Built with you in mind
November 18, 2014 03:47 PM Blog
It was good to see Cosgrave Homes receive an award for their HoneyPark Energy Management Project in the recent EnviroCom Awards for 2014. This follows on the prestigious SEI award in 2013 and is a natural progression given the level of innovation they brought to energy efficiency with the development of Lansdowne Gate, Drimnagh back in 2006.See article by OMP architects detailing the advanced measures used to achieve enviable energy ratings http://omparchitects.co ......
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 ......
November 27, 2014 04:05 PM Blog
Inspiration - The JFK Library BostonIn my family, the name of John F Kennedy was spoken of with great reverence and admiration. I was an admirer from a very early age and his book 'Profiles in Courage' was often spoken of in our home. We had first cousins in New Ross [Dunganstown being the birthplace of his grandfather] and that made him rather special to us but more so it was for his values - that he stood for so unwaveringly.It was a sense of great personal satisfaction to visit the JFK Librar ......
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 ......
June 27, 2014 03:32 PM Blog
View from the Empire State New YorkI took this photo from the top of the Empire State Building. As I look down on Fifth Avenue at the Trump Tower, The Rockefeller Centre and St Patrick??™s Cathedral I find it fascinating that these huge structures seem so diminutive from up here. The famous yellow taxis are tiny and the people are next to invisible. The panoramic views of the city are amazing but the thought I have is that from this place I am feeling quite insignificant. I chose to show ......
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 ......
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.
Light Designs on River Liffey
February 27, 2016 03:46 PM Blog
The Samuel Beckett Bridge has brought an elegant beauty to the River Liffey as illustrated here in this photo at twilight.I have marvelled at the elegance of this bridge since its arrival in Dublin.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 color.This is without a doubt one of my favorit ......
February 27, 2016 03:47 PM Blog
The development of the docklands has a certain fascination for me. I applaud the vision and bravery of people who strive to re-energize and renew this area of Dublin . The construction of the Convention Centre, the re-development of the Point Village were part of the plan. Across the river we saw the renewal of Grand Canal Quay with new apartments, office developments and lively cafes to service the new Grand Canal Theatre ,designed by the world-renowned Daniel Liebeskind [other projects include ......
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
February 27, 2016 03:52 PM Blog
I took this photo at a hospice for children in Leopardstown. I was given a tour of the building during the course of which I came to realise the enormous emphasis that had been placed on the mental welfare of the very ill children and their parents who would be catered for here. It was very much about the quality of care and the caring attitude that would prevail. Much emphasis on an inviting outdoor atmosphere was a major consideration. I felt a sense of tranquility in this seated ar ......
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.
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. ......
February 27, 2016 03:53 PM Blog
Number Twenty Six Edengate Delgany I took this photo - ‘Number 26' - happens to be the number of my own house - when on assignment at a development in Delgany with a wonderful backdrop of hills and windswept trees lining the top. I had the feeling that I could be at home here. The developer, Cosgrave Developments, as always had shown a great sensitivity to the environment and some very large trees that existed on the original land were preserved along with ge ......
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