• Photographing houses, houses for photographers

    The Shortlist for the sterling prize was recently released. The list has a diversity of projects from a University campus to Hastings pier to the British Museum Conservation and Exhibitions centre. One project that I thought was interesting was the RIBA London Award 2017 and RIBA London Building of the Year 2017 Award which went to the photography studio and house for Juergen Teller by 6a architects.

    The architects describe the project as “The project expertly exploits a typically London condition. Constrained by a long and narrow industrial plot at the rougher edge of Ladbroke Grove; its only face nestles between cheap developer housing, an industrial estate and the hinterland of the Westway.”

    This poises a question, what should a house for a photographer look like. Or should a photographers house reflect their equipment, their culture , their influence.

    From the photographs shown the project seems blank out the context. The project forms two courtyards that protect the studios from the outside. Is there a metaphor of some sort in the planning. It seems that the main accommodation is like a gatehouse over the entrance to the studio. So in this model of housing? The work is placed at the figurative  and literal centre of the plan. Is this a message to the world? from Teller. Maybe! To celebrate the completion Juergen presented a self portrait in the space! The man at work!

    Recent winners of the sterling prize such as David Chipperfield could inform this view. Chipperfield won the prize in 2007 for The Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar, Germany. His private house in Richmond for Nick Knight in 1998-2001 is an essay in cool articulation of a suburban dwelling. It masks the original form of the house build by Knights father. The impression created is distant from the flamboyant anarchy of Knights photography. The connection between what knight creates at www.showstudio.com and his house seem distant.

    One aspect of the house that appeals to me is the concession to the clients profession in the use of a “framing portal” .The portal connects elements of the architectural composition together. It also “frames” a view of the garden from the interiors. The frame acknowledges what the photographer does without making a literal translation of a camera.

    In both projects the aesthetics are quite similar; In situ concrete, plaster, block-work , a subdued palette of tones, rigid geometry. The outcomes are quite different. Tellers house, places him a “hero” with his work at the centre of the world. Nick Knights house seems more to be a refuge from which to view the world.

    The RIBA Stirling List

  • Rooms Declan O'Donnell Architectural photography

    Rooms / Room

    Rooms by Declan O’Donnell is on sale now.

    This book is full of ideas renovating or improving your home. The format catalogues each room in the house. It gives a selection of realistic but imaginative ideas for all the rooms in the house. Some of the design inspiration comes from projects I have photographed over the years. One particularly impressive project is by Michael DeSuin of DeSuin Sullion Architects , the project can be seen here on there website. Or more images can be seen on my site here

    You can even buy it with Room by Emma Donoghue on Easons.


  • Nowhere

    Retail Photography retail design blog

    Nowhere store design by ABGC was launched at the beginning of 2015 . Retail Design Blog have writing a blog piece on the design and installation.


    screen shot of retail design blog

    screen shot of retail design blog

  • front cover of Dublin Architecture Book by Gandon Editions

    Dublin Architecture, 150+ Buildings from 1990-2010 Gandon Editions

    Gandon Editions launched their new publication at the Atrium in Trinity last night the 23rd of October. It was presented by artist Robert Ballagh.

    The 320-page full-colour Gandon Editions hardback book by the architect Seán Antóin Ó Muirí features over 150 of the best buildings and public spaces completed in Dublin since 1990. The selected projects are contextualised by authoritative essays on contemporary and 20th-century Dublin architecture by Dermot Boyd, Ciarán Cuffe and Shane O’ Toole.  This sumptuously illustrated book carries 1,397 illustrations — 691 photos and 706 drawings.  This book will be an essential architectural guide for cultural tourists and researchers.  The book will appeal to anyone interested in architecture and indeed anyone interested in contemporary Dublin.

    Many of the Architects that I have worked with over the years are featured in the book. It is nice to see all of the projects compiled together with so many beautiful photographs. The book is a great guide to the city’s recent architectural additions.

    Shane O’Toole writes a fine essay on free state architecture , this alone, is well worth the purchase price of the book .




    front cover of Dublin Architecture Book by Gandon Editions

    Gandon Editions Front cover Dublin Architecture





  • Irish Times Property

    The Irish Times feature on Architectural Archive show

    Emma Cullinan of the Irish Times writes in todays newspaper about the ” Dublin Shops ” exhibition. The article links here http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/take-5/window-on-the-world-of-shopfronts-1.1738999

    The feature covers the culture of shopping and shops , including some details from the Sean Rotherty book The shops of Ireland.

  • Architectural Photography for Irish Times

    Photography for ” Digging deep to create extra space” in Irish Times

    Todays Irish Times has an article on creating increased floor space by excavating a basement. Allister Coyne of Ailtireacht, provides some insight in the the costs and design decisions involved. The photographs are from a where I  photographed the interior and exterior.


    For the full article : http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/interiors/digging-deep-to-create-extra-space-1.1664399

    For details on Ailtireacht: http://www.ailtir.net/

  • Color Space Tips

    General tips for color space ( as a follow up to an earlier article on Color space models):

    • Simple is good: sRGB is sufficient for most applications.
    • Web browsers and most monitors also generally only render sRGB.
    • Many print houses will convert sRGB files to CMYK

    When printing images via photoshop, turn off color management within the printer, turn on “let photoshop manage colors” . Then select the paper profile that gives you the most similar results to the screen image. Companies such as permajet provide free ICC profiles for their papers.

    To get the very best results, process files as 8 or 16 bits files into Adobe 1998 and process them as PSD, or TIFF files to get results. Then output to an sRGB color space model for general use such as websites, documents etc.

    When dealing with commercial printers  make color tests for any color critical work. Variations in their ICC profiles, printers , papers etc. can effect the color output. Also increasing contrast and saturation of the images can help left the images off of the page.


  • Architecture Ireland Magazine

    Architecture Ireland Issue 268 Ballyroan Library

    Ballyroan Library Box Architecture Page 26

    An example of some Architectural Photography in Architectural Ireland issue 268


    Digital edition