Kennedy Wilson’s fine art photography commission

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.

Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment company, and architects Henry J. Lyons wanted to change all that with the Vantage Apartments in Dublin.

A strong connection to nature

The Vantage Apartments

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.”

Vantage Apartments Entrance Area

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.

fine art photography commission
Central Social Space
Kennedy Wilson Reception
2m Acrylic in Games Room

Christmas Pop up Gallery Shop in CHQ at the Liffey Corner

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.

Artist’s Choice Dibond with Solid Ash Tray Frame
Cycle of Life Edition with Polished Birch Plywood Frame and Museum Anti Reflective Glass.

IPPA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017!

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


Accepted for the RHA annual Exhibition 2017

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


4 Awards won at the 2015 National IPPA Awards

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.

Dermot Bannon Architects on Room to Improve

3 Beautiful houses by Dermot Bannon Architects on Room to Improve

I have photographed a number of beautiful projects for Dermot Bannon Architects and 3 of these have appeared recently on the RTE 1 architectural TV series Room to Improve.

The first house in Din Lapghaire is very close to my home my home and it was the 1st time I used my Sony A7r. Since thing I have photographed almost all my architectural work on this fantastic camera. It is a completely revamped old industrial building. It was converted to a lovely multi level contemporary home with a terrace looking over the roof tops in Dun Laoghaire.

The 2nd project shown on Room to Improve was a beautifully restored old school house in Kiltiernan County Dublin. It included a lovely timber clad contemporary extension. It is always great to see a beautifully restored old structure and it’s a perfect example of how the traditional and contemporary can coexist hand in hand.

The last house I photographed was a fascinating 1970’s rural home near Mullingar. It had already a lot of architectural merit and just needed to be brought into the 21st century to compliment the lovely existing lines in the home.

It was great fun seeing the homes I photographed on tv and was interesting to see how the guys on Room to Improve filmed the projects.

You can see more work from Dermot Bannon Aarchitects here on his website

You can check out the 3 homes I photographed for Dermot Bannon Architects on Room to Improve on the RTE player. To see the episode from Dun Laoghaire click here. You can check out the episode from the old school house in Kiltiernan here and to see the episode from Mullingar click here

I have photographed several other homes for Dermot Bannon Architects  and another one will appear on a future episode of Room to Improve. So watch this space!

House in Dun Laoghaire by Dermot Bannon Architects on Room to Improve

Restored School House in Kiltiernan by Dermot Bannon Architects on Room to Improve

House in Mullingar by Dermot Bannon Architects on Room to Improve

Accepted for the RHA annual Exhibition 2014

So nice. I got accepted for the RHA annual exhibition 2014 for this CRAZY photo of CRAZY machinery in an animal feed plant. You have to see it in the flesh. Completely surreal. I guess everything in the photo has a function. What that is, is anyone’s guess! It’s a Lambda print on diamond polished acrylic and the image really pops of the page


Animal Feed Plant 3

Acrylic picked up in the Copper House

Photos of Retrospective 01 Exhibition launch

Well. The exhibition launch  was a great success. There was a fantastic turnout and loads of interest. My good friend and fellow photographer Peter Gordon kindly photographed the launch. Here are some of his images. Copyright Peter Gordon


Launch invite to my Retrospective 01 Exhibition in TileStyle

Well folks. Here is an invitation to my  Retrospective 01 exhibition in TileStyle next wednesday. All are welcome. Admission is free and it should be a great night.

TileStyle will launch my  photographic exhibition  – Retrospective 01, from 6.30-9pm on Wednesday 9th April 2014.

Retrospective 01 will be a collection of my favorite works going back over the years. There will be many of my landscape photos, both rural and urban, including photos from my Duality exhibition plus a number of new works from new projects which will be seen for the first time!!

Stuart McLaughlin – Chief Executive of Business to Arts and Chair of the Glucksman Gallery, UCC will open the exhibition.

Retrospective 01 runs in TileStyle from the 9th April to the 30th April 2014.

Invite to Retrospective 01 Exhibition
Invite to Retrospective 01 Exhibition

Invite to Retrospective 01 Exhibition

Selected photos in Retrospective 01 Exhibition in TileStyle

I thought it would be cool to show you a slide show of my photos you will find in my Retrospective 01 exhibition in TileStyle. Several are brand spanking new and some you will know. I feel passionately about each photo. Each one was a joy to take and I hope that you like them too :o)

TileStyle will launch my  Retrospective 01 Exhibition , from 6.30-9pm on Wednesday 9th April 2014.

Stuart McLaughlin – Chief Executive of Business to Arts and Chair of the Glucksman Gallery, UCC will open the exhibition.

Retrospective 01 runs in TileStyle from the 9th April to the 30th April 2014.