Photographic Art. Sometimes size really does matter!!

Wow. It has been a hectic and fantastic Autumn. Loads of interesting things have happened.

I was commissioned to photograph the Guinness Storehouse for an exclusive limited edition for all the Diageo Senior executives and the Lord Mayor of Dublin. This is the photo chosen for the edition..

Guinness Storehouse at night

I had my first solo exhibition in the Copperhouse Gallery, which proved to be a great sucess and is opening new doors to other amazing projects. I decided it was vital to have the exhibition printed large and I mean really large. The largest piece was 9ft wide! I am a huge fan of cinema and I shoot in panoramic format the majority of time because like in cinema that is how we see the world. Once your peripheral vision is filled with an image and all the distractions are removed, than you are engrossed with the image, whether it be a movie on a large screen in a darkened cinema or a piece of art in a large size. It allows the viewer to be transported to another place and to become in that moment, part of the scene.  It is only than that the message of the image can be fully communicated.

Talking of large I was commissioned to photograph stunning locations all around the south of Ireland for huge vinyl wall coverings in Quest Software’s new offices in Cork. The largest 2 images are a massive 13m wide!! I had the added benefit of seeing them in the flesh because I did the architectural photography too. That was really exciting.

Recently I’ve had businesses buying large fine art limited edition prints on acrylic and polished birch plywood. They appreciate and understand that photographic art can dramatically improve the work space. This has benefits to the employer, in that happy staff make productive staff!! Of course what many business don’t know is because of these recognized benefits, most of the cost of the photos can be written off. You can read more about it here 

Most of my clients buying my framed photos now buy the largest possible size, once they see the different sizes and how the photos come alive once the peripheral vision is taken up my the photo. Than the viewer becomes part of the scene and that is one of my main aims.

Of course budgets dictate what you can afford to buy and I am biased but from an emotional point of view I would always buy as big as possible, because sometimes size really does matter!

Below you can see a gallery of photos printed and mounted in various formats.

Guinness Storehouse at night


Video of the Duality Launch

My friend Ronan Hand and his wife Louise shot a wee video during the launch of my exhibition Duality in the Copper House Gallery, I edited the footage into this video. I had a ball doing it. The exhibition consists of a series of large panoramic photos of the old swimming areas and baths along the coast of County Dublin. You can read more about the exhibition here.

Thanks so much to Louise and Ronan for shooting the launch. The exhibition runs until 24th November. The gallery is located on Saint Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland. Admission is free. So why not pop in.



Photos of Duality launch

Well. The exhibition launch yesterday was a great success. There was a fantastic turnout and loads of interest. I had a ball AND I even managed a speech. My good friend and fellow photographer Peter Gordon kindly photographed the launch. Another good friend Ronan Hand shot some video. I will post that too once I edit it. A big big thank you guys. Here are some of Peter’s images.

Trees, mountains and more trees

Well. I’ve been working non stop on my exhibition for the last 2 weeks and I thought it would be nice to take a break today and work on my series of images I took for a client of mine recently. Some of the images which I like the most were not selected because they were not quite related to the brief so I just got around to doing them now. The commission was to photograph different locations around the south of Ireland for a series of huge photos, which will be part of a new office fit out in Cork. Each image has a connection to a piece of text or poetry from famous Irish poets and writers. When I say huge photos I mean really huge. The largest is 3 meters high and 13m wide!! Quite a few photos were to be off trees and forests. The forrest images are the largest  with a very wide aspect ratio.

During the commission I realized how much I forgot about a large part of the countryside. Namely forrest and mountains. That might sound strange considering I’m a landscape photographer plus I was brought up in the countryside but I am always draw towards the sea when I photograph. It’s not intentional. I just love the sea. Always have and always will. The client wanted me to photograph specific trees, namely oak, ash, holly and birch. I actually had to research what the trees looked like. I could once identify many Irish trees without any trouble as a child. I also realized how much I love trees. I love their statuesque form and their determination to grow wherever they please. In Tommies wood in Kerry they appeared to grow out of rocks! I even saw a tree that seemed to be 3 different types of tree!

I photographed a 360° image of a moss covered oak forrest  at Galway’s Bridge. I spent 3 hours there alone, surrounded by these beautiful trees, many of which must have been several hundred years old. Everything was covered in moss. The ground, the rocks, the trees, the dead branches on the ground. The place was so peaceful. God knows what these trees have seen over the years and I decided a tree based series of panoramics will be my next project. I loved the challenge of the 360° shots. For the image to work I had to be completely immersed in the scene, to imagine the curvature of the landscape and the location of every object around me which would make or break the image.

Here are my favorite images from my trips. The forrest images loose their impact on the screen because they really have to be view in a large size to appreciate them. The images here are un cropped.

O’Sullivan’s Cascade Tomies Wood

Tomies wood, County Kerry

Tomies wood, County Kerry

Gougane Barra Forrest Park

Forrest, Galway’s Bridge

Mahon Falls, Comeragh mountains


Hawthorn tree, County Wicklow

Mahon Falls, Comeragh mountains

Old Head, County Cor

Strancally Tower, river Blackwater


Brand new Dun Laoghaire Baths Photo

Here’s a brand new photo of the Dun Laoghaire Baths in County Dublin. By far one of my favorite locations to photography. I think this might be one for the exhibition in the Copperhouse Gallery October. I think it would look lovely on acrylic. It is one of 2 Dun Laoghaire Baths Photos. The other one was already in the RHA Annual Exhibition.