I took up photography in 2005 after being taught the basics by a friend during a visit to Andalucia in Spain. I have been hooked ever since. After this trip, I was determined to learn as much as I could about photography and read dozens of books on the subject including the excellent ‘Understanding Exposure’ by Bryan Peterson. A couple of years later, I joined a my local photography club and spent several years learning from my fellow club members before eventually becoming chairperson of the club myself. I became a Licentiate of the Irish Photographic Federation in 2010 and in 2011, I won the Tom Shanahan Photography Award. I’ve participated in several club exhibitions over the years and hosted two solo exhibitions in 2011 and 2013.
In recent years, I’ve concentrated on developing the business side of my photography and now regularly sell fine art prints of my photography to customers in Ireland and around the world via Fine Art America. Many of my images have also been used in various advertisements and publications both online and in print. I also enjoy teaching photography and regularly run workshops catering to small groups and individuals.
Profile photo by Simon Pugh Photography.
MY APPROACH TO PHOTOGRAPHY
My main area of interest is in urban landscape photography. I have a large collection of photographs from my native city of Dublin as well as other cities, towns and villages that I’ve visited during my travels. I particularly enjoy photographing my wife’s native country of France especially the city of light itself, Paris. I also enjoy photographing the natural world from time to time. Luckily, my own beautiful country of Ireland provides plenty of beautiful locations for nature and landscape photography. One of my main photographic influences is the English photographer, David Noton whose stunning landscape photography has provided me with great inspiration over the years.
I believe that the quality of light is what really makes a photograph special. With this in mind, I tend to shoot in the morning and evening when the light just either side of sunrise and sunset can transform an already interesting scene into something even more engaging. The subtle, pale light before dawn gives scenes a wonderful pastel quality while the low angled rays of morning and evening light can bathe the landscape in a gorgeous golden glow. The blue hour just after sunset is my favourite time for capturing urban landscapes just as the city lights begin to come to life against the dark blue night sky.
Well you already know that I’m a photographer so let me tell you a little about my life outside photography. I am 37 years old and come from the North Side of Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. I’ve lived here all my life apart from a memorable year spent in the charming town of Brive la Gaillarde in South West France. It was during this year that I was very fortunate to meet a beautiful French girl who eventually became my lovely wife. We then moved back to Dublin where we live today with our wonderful son and dysfunctional cat.
My other interests include history and travel (which of course dovetail very nicely with photography). I have a particular affection for my wife’s country of France and love learning about the history and culture of this fascinating and varied country. To relax, I enjoy reading travel literature in particular the books of Bill Bryson and Michael Palin among others. I am also a big football and rugby fan. The six nations is always a source of great rivalry in our house when Ireland take on France! I of course support the mighty Leinster! From time to time, I pretend to be a golfer too but really I just enjoy the walk. Aside from photography, I also design and build websites for small businesses and organisations. I occasionally teach French to adults too which I find very enjoyable.