Jimmy Joe

Jimmy Joe in Deer Park

I’m not actually sure whether it’s just here in Ireland that we called the lovely fluffy seed heads of the Dandelion flower “Jimmy Joe’s” or “Jinny Joe’s” or do other countries use this term too. These things always remind of being a child running around trying to catch as many of them as possible, if it’s actually possible to catch flowers that is. I still can’t resist picking them and blowing all the wee seeds from the top and watching them float off in the breeze, something still very charming about it.

I took this photo in 2016 in The Deer Park in Mount Merrion late on a sunny summers evening.

Taken using my trusty old Eos 20D.

Maudabawn in County Cavan

Maudabawn Cultural Centre

Maudabawn Cultural Centre

Taken in County Cavan in a lovely town called Maudebawn, close to Cootehill.

This was originally The Maudabawn Cultural Centre but you can now rent the whole thing out and stay there.

Highly recommend it too.

Long exposure digital shots.

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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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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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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Tall Trees Near Knockmaroon Gate

Tall trees near Knockmaroon Gate with couple

This photo was taken close to the Knockmaroon gates on the way down towards The Furry Glen.

The photo was taken on a lovely Autumn morning using a high contrast red filter on the camera to give the sky that lovely dramatic black effect. The photo was taken on Kodak tri-x 120mm film using a Bronica medium format camera. The print was then made in a traditional darkroom on Kentmere paper. The two people in the photo were a pure accident, but I kind of love the scale they add to the trees, I have a version without the people in the shot and you don’t really get a sense of how tall the trees are without them in it.

Enjoy

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The Old Man

Tree near the Visitor Centre

At this stage you are probably well aware of my minor obsession with trees and their many different shapes and personalities. To those people out there who think I may be a wee bit mad to think trees have personalities then have a look at this old guy and try tell me he isn’t riddled with all sorts of character. Believe it or not I only discovered this particular old creature a few months ago and then we spent a wonderful afternoon together. When I find a tree as beautiful and full of character as this one I tend to just sit down for a while in various spots away from the tree and slowly make my mind up about how I am going to try and capture it on film. If you just rush straight in with the camera you may not give yourself the time necessary to get acquainted with the trees surroundings and they can be just as important as the tree itself. This old guy seemed to be totally at one with the long grass, wild nettles and in particular the ivy that at first seems to be trying to take over the tree. After a while I began to realise that the tree and the ivy were pretty much living as one, each one needing the other to survive. Ok, so the ivy genuinely does need to the tree to survive but the tree may not necessarily need the ivy but if you look at the branch growing up from the left of the photograph the ivy growing at the top of it actually looks like some kind of winter warming hat sitting on top of the branch. You may need to view the photograph slightly larger to see exactly what I mean but if you do so briefly and come back to me then you may see the slightly badly knit hat sitting on the top of the branch, it’s a bit ragged looking but seems to be doing the trick nonetheless.
I’m not going to tell you where the tree is though, that’s my little secret.

The photograph was taken using a 120mm Bronica film camera loaded with Kodak tri-x 400 black and white film.
The actual print was made using my very own hands in a traditional wet darkroom.
Enjoy

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