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    Free Market will highlight the generosity, humanity and possibility in the common spaces of Ireland’s market towns. Small town market places, once the economic and social hubs of rural Ireland have undergone fundamental change and many have seen their function as places of exchange and congregation diminished.

    For this project I worked with the team to produce images of the towns of Kilrush and Bunclody. The photography took the form of documentary style images of the environs and people of the towns.

    Free Market proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community. We propose to build upon the research of our team and others, and on the lived experience of these spaces, to re-imagine the shared urban territory of the small town market place.










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    Hooper Palmerstown

    Palmerstown Veterinary Clinic evocative of an Edward Hooper Painting. A bit of diversion from the usual architectural image.

    Edward Hooper evocation palmerstown veterinary hospital

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    More Than Concrete Blocks

    More than Concrete Blocks: Dublin City’s twentieth-century buildings was launched with great excitement last week. The book is the culmination of almost five years of work. Most of the new architectural photography was commissioned by Dublin City Council for this project. The book provides an authoritative account of Dublin’s social, cultural and political history. The built history is used as evidence in the account of the century. The book is a brilliant and entertaining guide to the 20th century Dublin. It is a must have for anyone interested in Dublin, Architecture and any type of social History

    More than Concrete Blocks: Dublin City’s twentieth-century buildings is a three-volume series of architectural history books which are richly illustrated and written for the general reader. Unpacking the history of Dublin’s architecture during the twentieth century, each book covers a period in chronological sequence: Volume I, 1900–40; Volume II, 1940–73; Volume III, 1973–2000. The series considers the city as a layers and complex place. It makes links between Dublin’s buildings and Dublin’s political, social, cultural and economic histories.


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    Hexagon Mermaid Arts Centre

    Hexagon presented print words by six professional artists. The photography documented the exhibitions and was reproduced in brochure form. The work was both collaborative and individual in nature. The participant artists presented their own pieces in response to the team.

    The challenge, from a photographic, was to represent the work of the artists as a cohesive exhibition while at the same time show the individual elements. Some of the pieces were presented as installations. It was a challenge to illustrate the sense of the spaces as there had been presented by the artists, rather than simply document the environment.

    Test from mermaid arts centre:

    Hexagon is about professional artists discovering, or rediscovering, printmaking as a medium full of possibility.This exhibition is the culmination of a project and residency that shows the work of the six participating artists. The artists that participated in Hexagon include three professional Wicklow based artists; Aoife Flynn, Laura Kelly and Joanna Kidney, and three members of Cork Printmakers; Conall Cary, Dominic Fee and Fiona Kelly. The six artists worked together over a two week residency from 28th July to the 8th August 2014 at Cork Printmakers’ Studio, Cork City. This residency offered the artists a unique opportunity to collaborate, learn new skills and explore techniques in a professional print studio. The development of hybrid approaches and challenge to traditional boundaries of printmaking, enables audiences to see printmaking in a new light.


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    Art and Architecture Volume IV Retail Photography

    Art and Architecture of Ireland catalogues the riches of Irish culture history of Art and Architecture. The volume on Medieval is a most have for any library, it covers the period from C400- C1600. The book complies an amazing array of knowledge on Irish Medieval culture. Architecture, Urban Settlement, painting, illuminations, jewelry and sculpture are some of the subjects that are cover. The book is a hugely valuable resource for anyone with a interest in irish culture.
    Volume IV (4) covers Irish Architecure from c1600 to C2000. Again, the book is a magnificent project that documents the tradition and culture of Architecture in Ireland. My own images of retails facades from the circa 1970’s were used to illustrate shop design. The gridded layout of the page is very sympathetic to the images of the shops, the illustrations in black and white by Sean Rothery are a very good compliment to my images of shops.

    page from volume 4 of Royal Irish Academy book on Irish Art and Architecure

    Art and Architecture of Ireland Royal Irish Academy

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    Art and Architecture of Ireland RIA

    Art and Architecture of Ireland is a five volume set of books that catalogues the history of Irish Art and Architecture. The books are a fantastic resource for anyone with even a passing interest in the Art and Architecture of Ireland. As a photographer it was a real joy to be involved in a very minor way with the production of the books.
    All five volumes are incredible works of academic insight, the books draw together many of the authoritative experts on irish Art and Architecture. The volume on medieval architecture and art from C.400-C.1600 is the most amazing collection of writings on the subject. My own involvement was mainly with the volume on Architecture from C.1600 to C.2000. This voLume , edited by Rolf Loeber, Hugh Campbell, Livia Hurley, John Montague and Ellen Rowley, presents a concise narrative of the last 400 years of Architectural history in Ireland. The book provides an analysis of Architectural history, historiography and the history of the Architecture profession.
    As the RIA states on its website : ” Art and Architecture of Ireland in is an authoritative and fully illustrated account of the art and architecture of Ireland from the early Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century. The volumes explore all aspects of Irish art and architecture – from high crosses to installation art, from Georgian houses to illuminated manuscripts, from watercolours and sculptures to photography, oil paintings, video art and tapestries. This monumental work provides new insight into every facet of the strength, depth and variety of Ireland’s artistic and architectural heritage.”
    All five volumes are available from the RIA website: http://www.ria.ie/art-and-architecture-of-ireland-(aai).aspx
    and also from all good book stores.

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    Travel Photography for Wallpaper* Dublin Guide 2013

    The new edition of Wallpaper* Dublin Guide with updated details for 2013 has been published. Some of the new additions include the new delicatessen and cold room for Dunne and Crecenzi by Ghinlon Architecture . The insider guide to Dublin is artist, curator and gallerist Colm Mac Athlaoich. Most of the photography for this was interiors and exteriors with some portrait photography of the Insider.







    Wallpaper* Guide to Dublin

    Wallpaper* Guide to Dublin

    Wallpaper* Guide to Dublin

    Wallpaper* Guide to Dublin

  • Color Space

    Color space is an abstract mathematical model used to describe how colors can be represented ( to paraphrase wikipedia). It can be the cause of much frustration when using images for print or web output.

    This article is a brief run down on the terms followed by some tips on how to manage color on a separate post.

    A good analogy is a musical score. A piano, guitar and ukulele are all capable of producing musical notes. We use musical notation to describe those notes on a page. If we use a score play a tune on a piano. The guitarist or ukulelist can also play the same tune using the same score ( without hearing it first). The principle is that there is a code for the frequencies of sound.

    Color space is similar in this way, if i take a photograph with a digital camera, we use the color space model to transcribe or translate the colors values recorded in the camera to their representative color values on a monitor or another digital device. The principle is that there is a code for the frequencies of light.

    To continue with our musical analogy , the translation of tunes between instruments is transposition.  In an ideal world all instruments would be able to play every note. In the real world a piano has more notes than a guitar, and a guitar more than a ukulele. What do I do if I want to play a tune that is out of the guitars range of notes. I have some choices I can transpose the harmony and the melody to the pitch of the guitar, or I dispense with the harmony and choose the play the melody only.

    Color space models are used to “transpose” the range of colors from one device to another. For example: from a digital image to a printed poster. If I want to print that image the color space model is used to “transpose” the color values from the camera into a print.

    Gamut refers to the amount of colors within a color space model. It is similar in idea to pitch range. When we translate the colors from a camera image to a print it is similar to the transposition of a tune from piano to guitar.

    In many instances the range of colors available in the image will exceed the color range of the print. In general this is not problematic, as long as the transposition is correct.




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    Landscape Photography for Artifice Dermot Foley Landscape Architects

    Artifice, A new publication authored by  Dermot Foley Landscape Architects and Simon Canz, Lisa Diedrich, and Krystallia Kamvasinou . The book is published by Black Dog Publishing and is available from Dermot Foley Landscape Architects here:


    The book contains essays, illustrations, photographs and drawings related to landscape architecture. A beautifully produced book it is a worthwhile investment if you have an interest in landscape as a cultural production.

    Artifice Dermot Foley Landscape Architect

    Artifice Dermot Foley Landscape Architect