The Glen Of Aherlow

The Glen Of Aherlow

I hope you will indulge me but from time to time I like to share some of my photography from outside the Phoenix Park with you.

I took this photo recently whilst on holidays in the Glen Of Aherlow in County Tipperary. It’s one of the most picturesque parts of Ireland and even on a wet and misty weekend I still got a chance to capture a few scenes like this one. Who said you can’t take good photographs in the rain eh?

You can now purchase mounted & signed 8 x 6 inch prints of this photograph from my Etsy store by clicking this link. These prints cost only €10 each with free post anywhere within Ireland.

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To purchase a signed 12 x 8 inch print of this photo, just click the button below.

You can either pay directly via Paypal or with your own credit card. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Paypal account, you don’t actually need one, you simply click on the button and enter you card details to pay via Paypal.

The Prints are €25.00 each and that includes shipping to anywhere in the world. Your print will be made to order and will ship out within 48 hours.
If you would like a bigger or smaller size please don’t hesitate to email me with your requests.

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Rusty Metal Fence

Rusty metal fence

This photograph was taken in a well hidden location of the park somewhere between the Castleknock Gate and Ashtown Gate not too far from the very beautiful Whitefields Lodge. It’s another one of those hidden wildernesses that I stumble upon from time to time in the park and end up spending hours rambling around without seeing a single person.

The textures and tones of the rusting old fence were just perfect for a black & white print, if possible I would recommend clicking on the image and viewing it full size on your screen to really get the full effect.

I took this photo several months ago on a Bronica 120mm film camera using Kodak film. The print was made by hand in the darkroom and printed on Kentmere paper.

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To purchase a signed 10 x 10 inch print of this photo, just click the button below.

You can either pay directly via Paypal or with your own credit card. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Paypal account, you don’t actually need one, you simply click on the button and enter you card details to pay via Paypal.

The Prints are €25.00 each and that includes shipping to anywhere in the world. Your print will be made to order and will ship out within 48 hours.
If you would like a bigger or smaller size please don’t hesitate to email me with your requests.

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Poolbeg Lighthouse, South Wall and The Pigeon House.

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Pigeon House and Poolbeg Lighthouse, Dublin, a set on Flickr. [Click on the link to view to full set, or you can click on any photo above to view individual photographs from the set instead]

I just wanted to share this new series of photographs that I have published on my Flickr page.

These shots were all taken just this week down in the South Wall and Poolbeg area of Dublin. I was down there on Tuesday morning quite early for some amazing winter sunshine, alright then it’s spring but it sure don’t fell like it. After a few hours slowly walking out towards Poolbeg Lighthouse I turned around to see that the weather was no longer being very kind to me as a mist descended over the moutains way beyond the Sandymount area. I can’t say I care that much about getting caught out in a rainstorm but I can tell you that my camera really doesn’t appreciate. So I hightailed it back to my transport for the day and sat there eating home made bread and drinking coffee from a flask that I had forgotten was in the car. An hour later and the sun it cometh back. I took myself off to Sandymount Strand then for another few hours before noticing a snow flake or two landing on my camera. I then turn around to realise just how far I had walked out on the beach towards The Pigeon House and it’s fair to say there was nowhere to hide now. At least this time I have a rain cover for my camera bag and once that was in place I just stood in the middle of a beach and enjoyed the snow. It’s not everyday you can enjoy a brief snowfall whist standing on a beach. So here’s the series of photographs from that eventful excursion.

New Life

New Life

I found this very strange creature during the summer of 2013 when I was out exploring the wild expanses of the Fifteen Acres in the park. It was a beautiful sunny morning after a night of heavy rainfall in the park and I always like to take a stroll through the long grass and forested areas on days like this. I could see this tree stump off in the distance and at first assumed somebody had actually planted a large stick into the rotting core of the tree. As I got closer it became apparent that what I was looking at was actually a brand new tree growing up through the centre of the original tree stump. I’m guessing the tree was either cut down because it was dead or maybe it had become unsafe in some way. Little did the park maintenance staff know that this tree had no plans of going away too easily. I’ve no idea if the new growth is part of the original tree or some opportunistic stranger who found a nice damp place to propagate, nor do I have any idea how it managed to pick such an unusual spot to start it’s new life. I’ll be keeping my eye on it over the next few years to see how it manages to expand in such a small space, I wonder will it slowly crack the original trunk beneath it so expect some follow on photographs at some stage.

Anybody out there know what kind of tree this is then please let me know, I’d love to know if you can identify it for me.

The photo was shot on Kodak Tri-x 120mm film using a Bronica medium format camera. The print was made on Kentmere paper by myself in the darkroom.

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To purchase a signed 10 x 10 inch print of this photo, just click the button below.

You can either pay directly via Paypal or with your own credit card. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Paypal account, you don’t actually need one, you simply click on the button and enter you card details to pay via Paypal.

The Prints are €25.00 each and that includes shipping to anywhere in the world. Your print will be made to order and will ship out within 48 hours.
If you would like a bigger or smaller size please don’t hesitate to email me with your requests.

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Two Hawthorns

Old hawthorn in the Phoenix Park

I’ve only recently become aware of my complete and utter fascination with the much maligned hawthorn tree. The reason I have only recently become aware of this is down to the simple fact that I never really knew that these were hawthorn trees, for some very strange reason I always thought hawthorns were just scrawny little bushes that grew on the side of every Irish rural road. It seems I have been very wrong all these years. I wouldn’t mind but I have been taking photographs of these truly beautiful trees for nigh on twenty years now and it never occurred to me to ask somebody in the know what they actually were.

At this juncture I should also point out that I am formerly a cabinetmaker so I really should know a thing or two about the names of the trees I was working with. I’m thinking I may have missed that particular day in school.

I do really love these tree though, just look at the shape of this little beauty. They never really grow to any great heights but when it comes to pure individualism these creatures win every time.

If you look really closely to the right of the trees you can see the GAA goalposts way off in the distance.

The photo was taken using a very old Bronica film camera. I used Kodak Tri-x 120mm film. The print was made in a traditional wet darkroom by my very own hands using Kentmere fine art photographic paper.

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To purchase a signed 12 x 9 inch print of this photo, just click the button below.

You can either pay directly via paypal or with your own credit card. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Paypal account, you don’t actually need one to simply pay with your credit card.

The Prints are €25.00 each and that includes shipping to anywhere in the world. Your print will be made to order and will ship out within 48 hours.
If you would like a bigger or smaller size please don’t hesitate to email me with your requests.

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St. Werburghs Church in Dublin, Ireland

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Ok, so I’m finally finished editing all the photographs in my recent set taken in St Werburghs Churhc in Dublin city centre. The Photos were all taken in the summer of 2013 and to be honest I almost forgot about them until about a month ago. I really hope you enjoy looking at the photos.It was such an amazing place to photograph and I was just so lucky to walk into the place on such a sunny day, the light beaming through the windows early in the morning really added some atmosphere to the shots.

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Werburgh Street Church, a set on Flickr.

Just a very quick post to let you know about some new photos I have recently posted on my Flickr page. The photos were taken in Werburgh Street Church here in Dublin City during the summer of 2013. They are not part of my Phoenix Park project but I think it’s ok to break the rules from time to time. [I suppose I can break the rules anytime I want, it’s my blog]

Sunlit Trees

Through the trees near the furry glen

This is actually a fairly old photograph, possibly about seven years ago, that I recently printed up again when I was doing a darkroom printing course. I had printed the photograph years ago but never really liked the results I was getting. I decided to bring it with me to the course and see if I could improve it in any way. Sometimes you just get a photograph that won’t print as I saw it on the day through the lens of the camera. It can happen and it’s always best to leave it for a while and then go back, having said that, seven years is probably a bit too long to wait.
The photograph was taken using Kodak Tri-x 120mm film [400 iso] using a Bronica medium format camera.

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To purchase a signed 10 x 8 inch print of this photo, just click the button below.

You can either pay directly via paypal or with your own credit card. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Paypal account, you don’t actually need one to simply pay with your credit card.

The Prints are €25.00 each and that includes shipping to anywhere in the world. Your print will be made to order and will ship out within 48 hours.
If you would like a bigger or smaller size please don’t hesitate to email me with your requests.

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Stoneybatter Guild

I am totally thrilled to say that some of my photographs are now in stock in the rather delightful environs of Stoneybatter Guild’s pop up Christmas shop this year.
I have a selection of prints in stock now ranging in price from €4.00 up to €20.00 for a framed print. The unframed prints are all mounted, signed and hand numbered.
The Stoneybatter Guild is situated at The Yard, Number 16, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. You will find it right beside Mulligans pub.
I highly recommend a browse in this place, it is literally bursting at the seams with hand made crafts from all around Dublin and Ireland, if you don’t find something you love I will eat several hats.
Heres a selection of the prints I have on sale there at the moment.
Stoneybatter Guild selection