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Irish Professional Photographer’s Association Awards 2017

I was blown away to become Landscape Photographer of the Year at the 2017 IPPA Awards held in the fabulous Carton House. Somehow I have received IPPA Awards in various disciplines  since joining in late 2009. I like to think I am a versatile photographer and I guess having become Architectural, Fine Art, Commercial and now Landscape Photographer of the year illustrates that. Each discipline influences the other and helps me create what I believe are quite unique images for my clients.  

Here you can see the 4 images which were part of my winning panel and how some of them look printed and finished. All 4 can be bought as limited edition Prints. Click the images to see them in my Shop

sunset photo Lough Inagh connemara county galway

Sunset, Lough Inagh No.1

Killarney National Park sunset photo upper lake killarney

Cluster of trees, Killarney National Park

Tower Wood Star trails photo Crinnagh waterfall

Star trails, Crinnagh waterfall 1

Ross island Forest black and white forest photo

Sunlit Trees, Ross island 1

2.9m wide Print on Dibond with Ash Tray Frame

1.6m wide Print on Dibond with Ash Tray Frame

 

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    The Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition 2017

    I just got great news. I was accepted into the RHA annual exhibition for the 5th time for my photo from a horse Stud not so creativly titled “Horse Rugs, Stud Farm 1”. Delighted. It is always a challenge getting accepted into what is Ireland’s top selected Exhibition. The 1.3m wide photo is printed on beautiful Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper, mounted on Dibond, laminated with a clear protective laminate and finished with a beautiful stained solid Ash Tray Frame. The look and finish of the Ash Tray Frame is stunning. I have been using it on the last number of dibond pictures. I work closely with my printer to select a stain that works perfectly with the subject matter of the photo.

    The exhibition will take place in the RHA from 23 May to 12 August 2017. Please do pop in and have a look. You can also check the photo here in my online shop. 

     

    fine art industrial horse-Stud farm sheds

    Horse Rugs, Stud Farm 1

     

    Dibond with Ash Tray Frame

     

    Dibond with Ash Tray Frame

     

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      Boland’s Mills, Grand Canal Dock

      A Dublin Landmark photographed before it’s redevelopment

      Boland’s Mills, Grand Canal Dock in Dublin is a well known landmark, located on the corner of Ringsend Road and Barrow Street. As is obvious in the name it is a former Flour Mill which was once owned by the Boland family. Boland’s bakery was located nearby in what is now the Nama Building on Grand Canal Street Lower. Both sites were occupied by De Valera and his forces during the 2016 Easter Rising. The bakery was actually De Valera’s headquarters!

      The Boland’s Mills site is comprised of concrete silos on the Ringsend Road side, which were built between the 1940’s and 1960 and an older protected brick building from the 1800’s on the Barrow Street side.

      The mill ceased production in 2001. Since than it has remained derelict. However, soon it will be completely redeveloped into a major new development of offices and apartments to serve the thriving Grand Canal Dock Quarter. The brick building will be preserved. While the more recent silos will be demolished.

      Boland’s Mills is an austere structure that allways fascinated me. It stands proud along the water way and makes a real statement to it’s modern slick neighbours. You either love it or hate it. I always thought it could make a great cultural centre like the Tate in London. It reminds of Berlin somehow. Looking very much like some of the clubs I used to go to. E-Verk certainly comes to mind. :o)

      I was delighted to get the chance to photograph a serious of fine art industrial photos of the inside of the site recently before they are demolished. I knew very little about the inside. I found some photos online in my research but it was still pretty much an unknown entity before entering. The place was amazing I have to say. Some of the spaces were like a movie set. From the insane concrete forms in the ceiling, located in the flour store area to the offices frozen in time.  I have to say it is the first time I photographed somewhere with surgical gloves. I think every pigeon in Dublin has at some stage frequented the place!

      I was delighted with the end result and well worth the visit. I love visiting these old sites. You get such a sense of it’s history and the past.

       

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        Photos in a Dublin Residential Development – A Fresh Approach in Ireland

        Recently I was commissioned by architects to supply 4 large photos in a Dublin Residential Development. It was a new and refreshing approach by our client, which I have not previously experienced in Ireland.

        I like most people live in an urban environment. I currently live in the same apartment since 2008. I barely know my neighbours. I barely know anyone’s name in the complex. Occasionally our paths meet in the lift or on the Landing. This usually involves a bit of small talk. Of course I’m Irish so somehow the weather always sneaks it’s way into our brief conversations! Beyond that, there are no interactions. We know pretty much nothing about each other.

        This is in stark contrast to my earlier youth, growing up In County Sligo. Some of my best and oldest friends were my neighbours.

        But what was the fresh approach. The owners of a Residential Development in Central Park, Leopardstown decided to create a really cool communal area where the residents and tennants could interact and actually get to know each other. There is a gym, chill our area, a work area (if you must), a games room with fussball, games console, snooker table TV area and a children’s play area. Even a large kitchen and dining area where groups of people could come together over a meal.

        I was so impressed with our client’s approach. Of course it makes perfect sense from their point of view. It would be a huge incentive for new tenants and owners to choose this property and it brings a little humanity into the daily lives of the inhabitants. It’s so easy for people to feel lost in a city. I believe this is something very positive which can only be encouraged.

        In addition to providing these facilities, the client also decided to display a number of art pieces around the common areas. Having photographic art or any art for that matter around you greatly improves the quality of life in the workplace or home. Included in their selection were 4 of my my Photos. All were large pieces, printed on Durst Lambda Photographic Paper and mounted on high grade scratch resistant Acrylic. The largest image was a 5 x 1.2m high forest panoramic photo of the stunning Gougane Barra Forest Park. At this size you are transported to the scene almost as if you are there. A perfect piece for it’s chosen location.

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

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          the 2015 National IPPA Awards

          I’m still on cloud nine after winning 4 awards at the 2015 National IPPA awards on Sunday night. It was a fantastic evening and the IPPA should be proud to have such a wonderful pool of talented photographers in multiple disciplines. I won architectural and Commercial/Advertising Photographer of the year as well as best singled image in both categories.  For anyone that is interested here are the panels of 4 images in both categories as well as the best single image in each.

          The 1st 4 images are from the winning Commercial/ Advertising portfolio. All are from the amazing Guinness StorehouseThe 1st image is the best single image in Commercial/ Advertising

          Old Pipework in the Guinness Storehouse

          Old Pipework in the Guinness Storehouse

          Model Display in the Guinness Storehouse

          Model Display in the Guinness Storehouse

          Old Pipework in the Guinness Storehouse

          Old Pipework in the Guinness Storehouse

          Guinness Storehouse

          The Waterfall in the Guinness Storehouse

           

          The 4 images you see below are from the winning Architectural Portfolio. 2 are from the Guinness Storehouse and 2 are from a beautiful house I photographed for the very talented Darmody Architects. The 1st image is also the winning best single image in the Architecture Category.

          Main Store in the Guinness Storehouse

          Main Store in the Guinness Storehouse

          Main Store in the Guinness Storehouse

          Main Store in the Guinness Storehouse

          House by Darmody Architecture

          House by Darmody Architecture

          House by Darmody Architecture

          House by Darmody Architecture

          If you would like to check out my galleries of the 2 projects than just click here for The Guinness Storehouse and here for the house by Darmody Architects.

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