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March 2015

The Classic Front Loader
2015-03-30

Difficult not to crack a smirk on sight of a quality Volvo front loader. The mainstay of most industrial setups, these things are just work thirsty monsters in  a perpetual state of torque. This classic Volvo 120D might have a few years on it now, but it's a just a beast of a workhorse, quite probably responsible in part for 1000s of kilometers of road networks and national infrastructure. And they're yellow whats not to...

Oi-Oi-Oysters
2015-03-25

Delectable and delicious. Atlantic Rock oysters – food of the kings and deliverer of such satisfaction. If you don't, or even worse, can't do these shell-rockers, you have my full commiserations and pity. They're such a treat and a funtastic addition to any meal, it's bizarre to think that in bygone days they would have been spurned and thought of peasant food. Now they're bedfeloows with champagne and stout. In amongst this lot are some...

Nicholas Mosse Product Photography
2015-03-23

Nicholas Mosse is a wonderful range of pottery from Bennettsbridge in Kilkenny.  Nicholas himself set up the pottery in the old mill in the 1970s and has enjoyed great success over the years with range of spongeware pottery that harks back to simpler times. I've been lucky enough to be shooting their range for the last few years since they launched their online portal catering for the international market. The initial shoot was two full days on...

Miravex Skin Mapping Light
2015-03-16

You'd be forgiven for suspecting the industrial designer of this device had some wild disco-tinged agenda on the world. But in actual fact this Miravex device delivers > something, something, photo, something, light-mapping, something, skin, something, something. I nodded and agreed as white-coated lab doctor cheerily explained. No idea. Then he showed me the results of how this device can interpret and map skin, creating 3D maps of areas around the...

Stick a Fork In It
2015-03-15

Antique, or at least old cutlery, is the most peculiar thing to behold. Something so ordinary and everyday can seem so foreign like bone handled forks, with over curved tines. Having said that in a well crafted food shoot they can just finish a scene so perfectly, something that not even Ikea's luxury range would be able to get close to. That phenomenally popular retro-chic look, just begs for some oddly patterned plate a clutch of dressed salad...

Why Go Bald? Dublin's Finest Neon
2015-03-13

Dublin, could quite be possibly, be leading the charge in neon signs for the folically challenged. Make no beans about it, that's some statement. Somebody, somewhere, without an ounce of irony – but possibly a moustache – decided the best way to market their message to the greater Dublin area of receding men was to erect and 3m high neon sign of an animated man surprised at his loss/ re-appearance of hair. Simply brilliant. He's our own Vegas...

Light Painting Portrait Photography
2015-03-11

While convincing the Archipelago gents to stand out in the Baltic night air out in Dollymount to catch the Pigeon Chimneys at night for this portrait, I took the oppurtunity to try some light painting. Its simply painting with light into a long exposed frame – think of writing your name with sparklers as a kid at Hallowe'en. So it was a popular thing online at the time, and it can be quite a cool effect. I suggested just doing a non-descript ball,...

Cocoa Bean
2015-03-11

This is chocolate. Well, no it's not. But it kinda is... Strangely enough, for something that is so familiar, so commonplace, so everyday or even twice a day, chocolate is a bit of a mystery. Any film clip you see of a master chocolatier making chocolate always starts with them making it from chocolate – albeit slightly smaller chocolate pieces. But still: "How do I make chocolate? Well, first I take some chocolate... " This is the cocoa...

Steven and John from Archipelago
2015-03-04

So I know Steven and John from various entrepreneur networking events around Dublin – there does seem to be a great swathe of events that we're blessed with here – and the time had come where they needed to push their fledgling Archipelago out into the water. I was delighted to be asked to be involved and given a pretty free reign to come up with some strong portrait photography that would help them get some press and help give them a little...

Dublin Bay Prawns
2015-03-02

Living in Dublin and loving pubs, you pretty much have to decide what pubs suit what occasion – otherwise you get overwhelmed with the choice. There's pubs for chats, pubs for the match, pubs for food. When the RBS 6 Nations rolls into town then there's a myriad of fine options – Slatterys, 51 on Haddington but one of my own favourites would be the Old School House on Mount Street Bridge. Watching Ireland beat England yesterday, I'm grinning...

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