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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, 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.

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.


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.


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


Fairyhouse Car Show 2019

Every year local automotive enthusiasts put their vehicles on display at the Fairyhouse Car show.  The event is free to attend and the collection changes from year to year.  Personally I’m partial to American Muscle cars like the Chevy Impala or the Shelby GT 550 Cobra. While these pieces of Americana were not on this play this year those that were did not disappoint.  This year there was a good selection of Classic British cars to American muscle.  My personal favourites on the day where the Hooch Hauler and that Herse, when you got to go, go in style. 

A Mustang with a 428 cubic-inch V8 capable of 335 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, the 1969 Mach 1 Cobra Jet is one of the (if not the) most powerful early Mustang. The 1969 Cobra Jet is said to have matched even the 1970 Boss 302 Trans Am, which was built for the track, in its quickness. Both vehicles could go from zero to 60 in a mere 5.5 seconds. The 1969 Mach 1 Cobra Jet reached a top speed of 121 mph and included numerous visual enhancements such a matte-black hood treatment with hood pins, hood scoop, chrome pop-open gas cap, and chrome exhaust tips.

Happy Birthday

This bundle of fur came into our life about 3 years ago. Today we decided to give him an early Birthday celebration and some cake. So Happy Cake day Barkley. Please don’t try this at home, and by try I mean leave a cake in front of a dog for more than a few seconds, its likely to be scoffed up in milliseconds if it goes unguarded as the second half of this shoot will show.


Lough Sheelin

Lough Sheelin is over 7kms long, more than 3kms wide and borders three counties, Cavan, Meath and Westmeath. Lough Sheelin as legend has it from a fairy well, and was used by a village as its water supply. The rule by the Fairy was that lid had to be replaced every time it was used. One day, someone neglected to replace the lid and the waters rushed out, destroying the village and created the lake.


Fields of Gold

You’ll remember me when the west wind moves upon the fields of barley
You’ll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we walk in fields of gold
So she took her love for to gaze awhile upon the fields of barley
In his arms she fell as her hair came down among the fields of gold.

Sting 1993

There is something special about returning to the same spot a few years later. I first made photos here about 3 years ago and thankfully not much has changed.

Portraits street photography

Adrian Marciniak

Earlier this week the members of Breffni Camera Club had the pleasure of witnessing a fantastic demo by Adrian Marciniak aka @Flow4Show.

I’ll admit these are not the easiest photos I’ve ever made but think the subject matter more than make up for that.

Adrian is available for weddings, bar mitzvahs, or just some plain old fun. give him a call and check out some of his talented work at


Toys R Us

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Star Wars fan in fact I take pride in it. I’ve ready almost every novel, played most video games and have seen every Movie (even the Ewok Christmas one). When I stumbled across a post on Toy photography featuring Star Wars action figures I knew it was something I wanted to attempt.

These Images are all 3.7 inch action figures, any smoke was created using compressed air and the fireworks are simple sparklers with multiple images layers. Anything above Class1 fireworks are illegal where I come from so using crackerjacks or blackpowder isn’t an option unfortunately.

I hope you enjoy and May The Force Be With You