What kind of photography do you do?
I photograph mostly landscapes, seascapes, and the odd cityscape. For the days when the weather does not permit outdoor photography, and that is quite frequent in Ireland, I’ll happily play with still life and macro. Often, the photographs are of something manmade, with nature as the backdrop, and the odd time its the other way around.
Story behind this image: This is the beacon at the end of the north Bull Wall in Dublin Bay, with the rocky causeway leading towards it. The Bull Wall is easily my favourite place to be in Dublin. It is nearly always very wild and windy in this spot which always makes for an invigorating walk, but is quite a challenge for any tripod not made of concrete!
How would you describe your style?
Simple compositions with smooth clean lines have the greatest appeal for me. I try to reduce clutter in the photographs so that there are not too many elements competing for attention. As a result, the photographs can have a somewhat minimalist feel to them.
I would have a preference for black and white, as it helps simplify things even further. Having said that, I have recently been playing with colour and texture in photographs. I think a style is something that continues to develop so I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.
Story behind this image: This is rush hour in Venice, Italy, which is easily the most beautiful city I have ever been to. This particular morning Venice offered up a wonderful fog, which gave the people walking to work along the waterfront, a somewhat ghostly appearance.
What’s your approach to post processing?
I use both photoshop and lightroom, although I find myself using photoshop less and less as I get to know lightroom more.
Like my photos, I prefer to keep my processing simple, but will do what is needed to get the image to look the way I want it to. I actually enjoy the post processing, it’s like polishing something to bring out its best features.
Story behind this image: This was taken on a calm misty morning on the west coast of France. These fishing huts, known as carrelets, are dotted all around the Gironde estuary. I love their distinctive shapes set against such a simple backdrop.
What or who inspires you?
Nature provides an endless and ever-changing source of inspiration, from beautiful backdrops of the skies and seas, to the simple shapes of trees or clouds. I love when nature graces us with some fog or snow – it can really help de-clutter a scene. Interesting architecture can also get my creative juices flowing, especially when it is complementing the natural world around it.
What gear do you use?
Canon cameras and lenses, Lee filters, and Giottos tripods.