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Editorial Photography

Ye Olde DPS
2019-06-15

The smell print. I used to work in publishing and we'd take delivery of palettes of stacks of fresh magazines, ink barely dry and haul them into temporary halting sites before lashing them out unto the masses. The heady print aroma would waft about the office between deadlines, the soundtrack to the smudges on your hands. Haven't gotten that from any online source yet. The olde Double Page Spread was always an exciting thing. Make photo big....

Whisky Tasting
2019-06-13

It hit me. Leaving Cert. Blind silence panic. There be five of them sat upstairs silently trying to discern between grain and chaff, whisky and whiskey, bourbon and rye. Five different tables, all studiously looking for clues in the three separate samples lined up, swirling, sniffing, scribbling. I never experienced whisky like this. Never a big fan, a couple of run-ins and car crashes inspired by Hunter's tomes of the feverish Wild Turkey...

Ye Olde Editorial Spreads
2019-06-08

Going back a couple of seasons, but then I am in the middle of a regular backup across the hard drives, so no apologies. Think it must be form an inflight magazine with a new route to Dublin. More than anything it's nice to see some though out layouts, structured and ordered, de riguer and nearly obsolete. Always a big fan of the Dead Zoo on Merrion Street, always remember looking up gobsmacked at the flying whale a young un, and...

Dont Mind If I Do
2019-06-05

Sweet, sweet nectar. Goddamit! Beer is just great. Personally, I'm not that overboard on all the craft ale of late. I do like a lot of cheap generic swill, and tend to play if safe when put upon in a heavily bearded crafty ale pub. I can stray for a IPA – but that about as far as I go. Once I ventured toward a cardamon flavoured ale, and tried one called Engine Oil – perhaps that was my very downfall.Dialing it back a bit, and simply...

Bathed in Infrared
2018-06-14

It has been a cracking couple of weeks here in Dublin. Solid weather, unchanging, warm, sunny – loads infrared! Took a spin out to the Costa del Killiney to drink some sun in, and took a few odd turns and twists amongst some shortcut I may have known as a kid. I don't think I ever knew them to be honest. But I did happen across Hawkrock swimming spot which was pretty damn amazing. Found some bikes chained up. The new infrared camera challenges...

In-Meeting with Minister
2017-05-08

Had a really enjoyable editorial photography gig last week with Minister Murphy in attendance. In a plush Marker Hotel meeting room, with some heavy hitters in the room, Phil from Euroweek hosted the roundtable event. On the table was the shape-shifting Brexit ideal from an Irish perspective. No shortage of insights and revelations from the collected industrialists. Minister Murphy dropped in and addressed some issues raised, along with batting back...

Minister of Health @ Cremore Clinic
2015-08-08

Cremore Clinic is a out in Glasnevin, and they requested a Google tour a few weeks back. Its a recently renovated clinic and they've all these pods off the main artery which gives all these mini zen-like moments. Right at the back of the property they've a really stunning rose garden, I'm no huge fan of the anything-but-humble rose but I must have hit it a just the right time – pretty mesmerising. Anyhoo, one of the more challenging portfolios in...

Merce, Barcelona
2015-08-04

This is one of my own personal favourite photos. Its back a few years from Barcelona where they have some great festivals and scant regard for health and safety. Its part of the Merce festival when they dress up as diablos (devils) and have a fireworks display. The odd things as opposed to shooting the fireworks into they air they kinda hang onto them on sticks above their heads. At this point when the photo was taken I'd be following them a while...

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...

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...

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...

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...

David Carr
2015-02-13

RIP David Carr. Sad news this morning about this passing of David Carr, famed New York Times columnist and bullshit destroyer. I embarrassingly enough wasn't too familiar with his work, life and deserved notoriety before he dropped over to Dublin in November for and off-WebSummit talk courtesy of fine folk at Spiel. Briefly met him in Grogans, along with Shane Snow, and the man was utterly buzzing, teeming with energy, witticisms and ascerbic truth,...

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