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Speedy Press
2015-05-20

International Literary Festival Dublin is hitting Dublin pretty hard this May with a broad swathe of events peppered across the nooks and crannies in town. Monkeyshine Theatre bring the Paper Princess play to the Ark in Temple Bar, Dublin 2. I zipped down to them before their show, and with precisely 9.3 minutes available I had to put down my bag of tricks and whittle something nice looking for imminent press release. I managed to get a couple of...

All Ireland 7s VW Sponsor Launch
2015-05-19

So simple enough and quick PR and Press Photography gig yesterday. Volkswagen Ireland and St Jude's GAA announced they are the new All Ireland Junior 7s sponsor, which seems like a good suit for them with all the families involved in it and sure you must be able to squeeze +7 into some of their MPVs. Anyways, Croke Park is always a pleasure, but with 6/7 people to squeeze into a shot and shooting from the press gallery, there's just not a whole lot...

ISPAI Annual report Launch
2015-05-19

The ISPAI do some really tough work, they essentially receive and monitor reporting of child abuse imagery online. It's such an enormous and utterly tragic problem, its hard to accept or even understand its existence. Their heroic and difficult work is wrapped up in its annual report, which outlines how they work with different ISPs, international police and monitoring groups, and an ever changing digital world. France Fitzgerald TD Minister for...

Dublin Mountains, Tiny Planet
2015-05-15

So here's another of the PhotoSphere Tiny Planet projections... The whole methodology of shooting a 360 is rotating precisely around the exact point on all three axis of where the light bends through the lens of the camera. Hence lot of beautifully tooled mechanized aluminum mounts and struts for tripods and DSLRs. My mobile doesn't have one of these, and this forest floor hasn't seen a spirit level for some time. Adding to the difficulty of shooting...

Merrion Square, Dublin 2 Tiny Planet
2015-05-15

Dublin, as any local will know to both their joy and their detriment, is tiny. It's a pleasure to bump into all friends and 'yer man... ' constantly, and a claustrophobic hell for others. Either way its essentially a glorified town, and oddly enough, Ireland is lovingly referred to as Village Ireland. This is a Tiny Planet image, its made by inverting your viewpoint, and going wide from a traditional 360. They kinda look more like little islands,...

Poached Egg on Toast
2015-05-07

The simplest things are often the most difficult, and the most delicious. Sweet carmelised onions, on toasted sourdough and... for the life of me I can't remember that reduction or even reverse engineer it. Anyways it looks staggeringly delightful, even considering its only egg on toast. Do the simple things right as they say. Mouth watering delights from the fine folk at La Mere Zou St Stephens Green,Dublin...

MusicTown
2015-04-29

So it's been a busy couple of weeks. Massively enjoyable and utterly Dublin-centric, which is only a great thing. So MusicTown kicked off, and its a Dublin City Corporation initiative, which brings in a few looser smaller strands and give them a big brother hug, and then peppers the city with another great range of events. Over 10 days, and maybe 40+ locations MusicTown did a fantastic job an encapsulating some gems and nuggets of Dublin life that...

Barber Sean of Cut & Sew
2015-04-16

Sean is a regular of my Instagram feed, always popping up with tightly graded shorn young folk of Dublin looking impossibly sharp. I believe he's just moved into new shop in Temple Bar, Dublin and trundled across a version of this while backing (so many hard drives... ), and it's a shot I always liked – so worth a quick posting. If I recall I was using three mobile flashes and some of the coloured filters I'd been carting around for the...

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...

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