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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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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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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Werburgh Street Church

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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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National Print Museum Christmas Fair

I will be selling lots of limited edition signed / mounted prints at this years Christmas Fair in the National Print Museum. The prints range in price from as little as €5.00 up to €25.00. I will also have a limited amount of larger framed prints for sale, they are currently selling for €60.00.

The fair takes place over three days, Friday 29th of November to Sunday 1st of December.
The opening hours are
Friday 29th November- 16.00 to 20.00
Saturday 30th November 11.00 to 16.00
Sunday 1st December 11.00 to 16.00.
The National Print Museum is based in Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4.

If you are in the area, come along and say hello. There will be 15 other craft makers there with something for everybody.

You can find more information and directions by clicking this link.

And here’s some samples of some of the prints for sale over the weekend.

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Phoenix Park Competition 2013

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Four of my photographs have been selected for this years annual Phoenix Park photographic exhibition.
The exhibition features 100 photographs of the park taken by various amateur photographers around Ireland. It’s an open competition so I am absolutely chuffed to see four of mine getting the nod from the judges.
The entire exhibition is absolutely stunning so if you get a chance then please do drop into the Visitor Centre in the Phoenix Park. You can find directions to the Visitor Centre by clicking this link.