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Toys

Star Wars Toy Helmets

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I was a child. I’ve seen all movies and TV shows, played a significant number of video games, read most books written in the universe that George Lucas gave us in 1977. The stories themselves are no different than any other that tracks the protagonist as he/she embarks on the Hero’s Journey. For me it was the fact that a simple farm boy could overcome an evil Empire.

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the quality of the recent trilogy. love them or hate them they are part of the wonderful world that is Star Wars.

May the Force be with you, Always.

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Landscape nature

Oristown Bog, Co. Meath.

I’ve always loved being outdoors, just wandering about seeing the multitude of differences in a small area. Yesterday I spent a few hours walking through Oristwon Bog in Co Meath. it was full of the expected and the unexpected.

Historically speaking this bogland was divided among resettled Irish many generations ago. Some have since sold on their rights others can trace their ownership to all the way back.

Unfortunately like many bog lands this is also used as a dumping site but the local Navan conservation society are working to clear it up which is great news. this particular bog also has a checkered past when the remains Brendan Megraw, one of The Disappeared were located in 2014.

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Portraits Toys

The Child

I’ve always been a fan of the Star Wars Franchise. I’ve read pretty much every novel published, played a multitude of videogames growing up, table top games, watched every movie multiple times. I even tolerate Jar Jar Binks and whinging Anakin in the prequels. in essence I am a geek at heart.

The news that Disney were putting together a TV show expanding on the franchise was music to my ears, that show was The Mandalorian. It’s safe to say that the star of that show was not the lead actor but instead The Child more affectionately known as “Baby Yoda”.

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animals birds Landscape nature

In the Garden

I often find myself thinking “what can I make photos of” or “I’ve nothing to shoot” So during this Covid-19 lockdown I decided to get out and and explore my own garden.

living in a rural part of Ireland really does have its benefits when it comes to nature, my garden is constantly full of wildlife from birds to wild rabbits. you dont need expensive equipment to make these images just some time and patience.

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Architecture Landscape

Fore Abbey Co West Meath.

Fore Abbey is the old Benedictine Abbey ruin just outside the town of Mullingar. Fore is the anglicised version of the Irish name that signifies “the town of the water-springs” and was given to the area after Saint Feichin’s spring which is next to the old church. It was St. Feichin who founded the ancient Fore Abbey around 630. By 665 there were 300 monks living in the community.

In the 13th century Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath and landlord built a Bendictine priory nearby. Many of the remaining buildings are from the 15th century and have been restored throughout this century. This priory was dedicated to both St Feichin and St Taurin, the Évreux.

The Abbey is also noted for what locals call its 7 wonders:

The monastery built upon the bog.
The mill without a race. St. Fechin reportedly caused water to flow from the ground and operate a mill that had no visible water supply – in reality water from Lough Lene flows through the ground.
The water that flows uphill. St. Fechin reportedly used his staff to make the water flow uphill
The tree that has three branches/the tree that won’t burn. Pilgrims place coins in it, giving it the name “the copper tree.”
The water that doesn’t boil in St Fechin’s holy well.
The anchorite in a cell
The lintel-stone raised by St. Fechin’s prayers.

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Orange Slices

Delighted to place first, second and third again in the Navan Camera club competition. This month’s theme was circles. I found this a little difficult to start but the more you look around you the shapes will begin to form.  Sometimes you will need to think creatively but you’ll get there.

Firs Place “Orange Slice”

Second Place “its Love”

Third Place “Balls”

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Toys Uncategorized

2019 Wrap Up

2019 was a slow period for me regarding photography, mostly because of work pressures and what not. Hopefully 2020 brings with it some changes in that regard.  my successes this year include placing in the top 10% of contributors on viewbug.com, my images placed both first and second in two rounds of Navan Camera Clubs photography competitions, two of my images were selected by Cavan Society for prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) for their 2019 Christmas cards and 2020 calendar and I’ve had a student from Maynooth University ask to use one of my images in their annual Thesis. So overall I’m happy with the year overall.

What does 2020 hold? Hopefully I’ll expand on my portraiture work throughout the year, feel free to contact me if you’re interested in getting some images made. Toy photography is also something I want to explore more in 2020, I am continually amazed by the creativity of other artists that use toys as their medium for expression, from the likes of the amazing Mitchel Wu, Hari Hawk, Jared Middleton and a plethora of others. Jared’s Instagram feed @sirdork730 was one of the first photographers I had seen, using simple action figures, air and firecrackers to create realistic images and was the inspiration for me starting down that path. In addition to using off the shelf action figures and toys there are also an abundance of accessories diorama creatives and playsets available from the likes of

Instaprintdiorama, Extreme Sets and also Galactic Trading Post. Blow are a selection of images I took over the holiday period when I had some spare time between selection boxes and turkey sandwiches.

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street photography Workshops

Navan Camera Club Street Photography Workshop

I recently had the pleasure of attending a Street Photography workshop in Navan Camera Club. this particular workshop was hosted by club member Hayden Hammerton it was then followed up by a discussion a few days later by Irish Street Photographer Des Byrne.

Street photography at its heart means candid photography of life as it occurs A street photograph has needs to be unposed moment. However a person does not have to be in a photo for it to be considered a street photograph. Trying to define street photography difficult, you can’t fully describe it, but you know it when you see it. It is a way of connecting with the world and bringing back the moments that stand out.

Is it ethical to photograph strangers in public without their permission? That depends on how you feel. Also always look up your local laws regarding street photography, as I am not a lawyer. In Ireland it is legal, there are moral/ethical dilemmas regarding photographing children, vulnerable or homeless people etc.  for me personally if a picture conveys a story then as a photographer I should endeavour to capture that fleeting moment. However I am personally always mindful of those less fortunate or vulnerable. I won’t for example make a photo of a homeless person that identifies that individual, likewise if I see a scene with a child I may very well make the photograph but may at a later time decide not to use it.  If approached and asked to delete a photo where possible I oblige.  No photograph is worth an incident.

My love of street photography stems from my personality, I am an introvert by nature so to stand outside a moment and capture it in a photo without being a party to that moment suits me. Add to this I find it fascinating to capture unguarded, honest and candid moments of life. Simple thinks like two people enjoying a coffee reminds me that too often we don’t take the time to sit, wait and enjoy life.

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Landscape

Glen of Aherlow

The Glen of Aherlow is a valley located in the Galtee Mountains in the western part of County Tipperary in Ireland. The statue, of Christ the King overlooks the valley. The statue was erected in 1950 on the side of the Slievenamuck Hill, and faces the Galtees, the statue’s raised hand is said to bless all those who pass by it and live beneath it. At the east end of the glen is St. Berrihert’s Well. The well is 20m across and 1.5m deep, and the water that bubbles from it, allegedly, cannot be boiled.

The Galtee Mountains, are a 30–kilometre grass–covered range with a 15–kilometre central ridge section. It stretches from Greenane 801 metres in the east, to Temple Hill 783 metres in the west. This central section includes the highest peaks of Galtymore 918 metres, Lyracappul 825 metres , Carrignabinnia 823 metres , and Slievecushnabinnia 775 metres. Galteemor is the 460th–highest mountain, and 12th most prominent mountain, in Britain and Ireland.

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Events

Forensic Photography

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a talk in Navan Camera Club by Garda Sgt David Conway from the Garda technical Bureau on forensic photography. Detective Sergeant Conway has spent over 20 years in the Garda National Technical Bureau. He is involved in in forensic examinations and is a member in charge of Garda Photographic Section. His photography in the Garda division won him first prize in the Europol Law Enforcement Photo of the Year in 2013, with his image of a crime scene investigator swabbing a firearm for potential DNA evidence.

Garda Conway provided a fantastic insight into photography as a non-art career.  While the technical aspects of photography are the same in both Hobby and Professional photography. It clear that they are worlds apart.  There is no room for style, no room for “I’ll fix it in post-production” mentality these images must be correct when he leaves the scene of a crime, and there are no second chances to return another day. 

On a side note if a member of an Garda Siochana is giving a talk, don’t chime in and ask “hey is that an M4 or a HK416 the members of the ERU are using?” it tends to get funny looks from the audience and also may end up with the speaker asking you a few questions LOL

note images in this gallery are the copyright of Garda Conway