A 9ft framed print, which does not dominate a space!
I recently installed a stunning large framed print of a forest panoramic, captured close to Lough Dan in County Wicklow. The piece is about 2.8m wide. However at 9ft wide it is just over 2ft high. As a result my wide forest panoramic pictures can sit comfortably on a wall without dominating the room. The photo is printed on my favourite paper – Hahnemuehle Fine Art Pearl because of it’s exceptional blacks, texture and tonal range. The timber framed piece was than finished with anti reflective glass so that the viewer can truly appreciate the character of this wonderful paper. Reflections are dramatically reduced so you are pulled into the scene. Check out the wee video below of the finished piece when I picked up from my framer Steve at 360 DPI. Big thank you also to Jim and Ed and Inspirational Arts for the fab print as always.
I was thrilled and more than a bit overwhelmed to win the Golden Camera Award in the commercial photography category at the 2019 European Photographer of the year awards. The prestigious annual event, run by the Federation of European Photographers was held this year in beautiful Innsbrück, set in the Austrian Alps.
Irish Professional Photographer’s and Videographer’s Association Awards 2018.
I was thrilled to become IPPVA Commercial Photographer of the Year again at the 2018 IPPVA Awards held in the beautiful Clayton Hotel in Ballsbridge. I continue to challenge myself each time I take a photograph and always strive to improve. I hope this is reflected in my photography as it evolves over time. The winning images were of the wonderfully designed Dublin Port Centre by Darmody Architecture and some of my favorite images from recent commissions in the Guinness Storehouse including the incredibly successful Airbnb One Night at Campaign. A big thank you to Diageo, Dublin Port Company and Darmody Architecture for your great support.
Here you can see the 4 images which formed my winning panel.
Enda Cavanagh’s landscape photography ‘softens’ the Vantage Building
Living in a big city and large apartment building can often mean that there’s never the right opportunity to get to know the people living right next to you. The reality is that you can inhabit much of the same space, sharing amenities like the gym and social areas without ever actually speaking to any of your neighbours.
The Vantage Apartments were built as a series of buildings in South Dublin on three elevated landscaped courtyards, and there are spectacular panoramic views of the city from the inside.
With a prime location near the sea and the mountains and clad in floor-to-ceiling windows, natural granite, reconstituted stone, and rich red sandstone, there was already a strong connection to nature.
Enda Cavanagh’s fine art landscape photography was set to solidify that connection even more.
Softening a space for socialising
“The external areas of the building are hard, and we wanted to soften it within the building,” explains Jane McHugh from Kennedy Wilson.
“We wanted to create a social area in the actual apartment buildings, so we added multi-family spaces: a resident’s gym, a children’s area, a games room, a cookery demonstration room, and other common areas.”
The idea was to create a peaceful atmosphere where the residents could congregate.
“When it was all built, we knew these spaces needed to have a softer feel, and we immediately knew what we wanted.”
They had their heart set on artwork of the Irish landscape, as a nod to Ireland for their many international residents.
Kennedy Wilson felt Enda Cavanagh’s landscapes had the right vision: “The sea, the forests, Sandycove, Blackrock. He had the look we wanted, and that Irish connection,” Jane adds.
Jane had seen Enda’s work in another office scheme, and a very large photo in the boardroom had made an impression. He also came highly recommended by Henry J. Lyons.
Fine art photography for residents
Enda visited the apartments to examine the space with the architects and discussed ideas with the interior designer to get a clearer picture of the kinds of photographs they liked. He took pictures of the space and created a montage with some selected pieces, so his clients could see how these large images would look in the rooms.
This made the selection process much easier for Jane. “I liked his approach, his talent. He made great suggestions for lighting for the pieces, and oversaw the entire installation.”
“It was an easy relationship. He was very easy to work with, made great suggestions. We were on the same page.”
Kennedy Wilson settled on four landscape fine art photographs: three smaller ones for the social area and one large 5-metre forest scene for the reception. “They’re beautiful pieces. We would have loved to have a few more. Our residents appreciate the fine art photography in the building, particularly the large piece. They’re always commented on; they’re very attractive,” Jane concludes.
If you would like to discuss a fine art photography commission in your workplace or home, please feel free to contact Enda.
Treat yourself or a loved one to a bespoke photo print this Christmas.
The Christmas Contemporary Craft and Design Fair was unbelievable. Got a huge response to my new images and loads of sales and enquiries. And it doesn’t stop there. I will show a number of images before Christmas, in a Pop up Gallery Shop at CHQ in the Liffey Corner in the heart of the IFSC with fellow landscape photographer Eoghan Kavanagh.
We will be setting up on Saturday December the 16th so we will be up and running from 3pm. Pop in for a browse and maybe you will see something you like! Here is a Google Maps Tag for CHQ. The Liffey Corner is inside the Liffey entrance to the right. We will be open from 10am until 7pm each day until the 22nd and we have late opening on Thursday the 21st until 9pm. There is still plenty of time for that perfect Christmas gift….or treat. If I don’t have what you want there I can have it made up in a day or 2. You can also shop for prints in my online store.
Polished Birch Finnish Ply with Anti Reflective Acrylic
Today I installed a piece in the wonderfully designed new Savvi Credit Union at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin. The very talented Darmody Architecture designed the fitout to a very high standard. A clever use of space and a wonderful combination of finishes and materials create an atmosphere far removed from what one sees typically in financial institutions. There is a warmth to the place that makes customers feel at home. There are a number of timber materials used in Savvi including a lot of beautiful plywood. The lamination of high quality ply has been one of my favourite affects in bespoke furniture for decades. I designed a plywood frame last year and there was a perfect opportunity for it to be used on this large piece, commissioned by Savvi. Inspirational Arts printed a stunning print on my favourite paper Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl. Steve in 360 DPI did a great job of assembling the frame. Due to the size of the frame which stands at 1.1 x 1.1m, acrylic was used instead of glass. It dramatically reduces the weight. At the same time it offers museum standard image protection against UV and fading. The client decided to get anti reflective acrylic which elevates the print to another level. It dramatically reduces reflections to the extent you barely notice the acrylic. As a result the viewer becomes much more connected with the photograph. You can clearly see the texture of the paper. It becomes more tactile. It almost looks like a naked print.
I love working with great crafts people to create the best possible prints and finishes. I also love working with clients and designers to deliver an artwork that not just celebrates the image but also the space in which it is displayed. How the image is displayed is crucial to how it will be appreciated. The plywood finish on the frame works perfectly with the space and compliments the materials used throughout. Boland’s Mill No.4, an image captured only hundreds of meters away at the Old Boland’s Mill site shortly before much of it was demolished for redevelopment was the perfect choice. I’m really happy with the result.