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Boland’s Mills, Grand Canal Dock

A Dublin Landmark photographed before it’s redevelopment

Boland’s Mills, Grand Canal Dock in Dublin is a well known landmark, located on the corner of Ringsend Road and Barrow Street. As is obvious in the name it is a former Flour Mill which was once owned by the Boland family. Boland’s bakery was located nearby in what is now the Nama Building on Grand Canal Street Lower. Both sites were occupied by De Valera and his forces during the 2016 Easter Rising. The bakery was actually De Valera’s headquarters!

The Boland’s Mills site is comprised of concrete silos on the Ringsend Road side, which were built between the 1940’s and 1960 and an older protected brick building from the 1800’s on the Barrow Street side.

The mill ceased production in 2001. Since than it has remained derelict. However, soon it will be completely redeveloped into a major new development of offices and apartments to serve the thriving Grand Canal Dock Quarter. The brick building will be preserved. While the more recent silos will be demolished.

Boland’s Mills is an austere structure that allways fascinated me. It stands proud along the water way and makes a real statement to it’s modern slick neighbours. You either love it or hate it. I always thought it could make a great cultural centre like the Tate in London. It reminds of Berlin somehow. Looking very much like some of the clubs I used to go to. E-Verk certainly comes to mind. :o)

I was delighted to get the chance to photograph a serious of fine art industrial photos of the inside of the site recently before they are demolished. I knew very little about the inside. I found some photos online in my research but it was still pretty much an unknown entity before entering. The place was amazing I have to say. Some of the spaces were like a movie set. From the insane concrete forms in the ceiling, located in the flour store area to the offices frozen in time.  I have to say it is the first time I photographed somewhere with surgical gloves. I think every pigeon in Dublin has at some stage frequented the place!

I was delighted with the end result and well worth the visit. I love visiting these old sites. You get such a sense of it’s history and the past.

 

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    Photos in a Dublin Residential Development – A Fresh Approach in Ireland

    Recently I was commissioned by architects to supply 4 large photos in a Dublin Residential Development. It was a new and refreshing approach by our client, which I have not previously experienced in Ireland.

    I like most people live in an urban environment. I currently live in the same apartment since 2008. I barely know my neighbours. I barely know anyone’s name in the complex. Occasionally our paths meet in the lift or on the Landing. This usually involves a bit of small talk. Of course I’m Irish so somehow the weather always sneaks it’s way into our brief conversations! Beyond that, there are no interactions. We know pretty much nothing about each other.

    This is in stark contrast to my earlier youth, growing up In County Sligo. Some of my best and oldest friends were my neighbours.

    But what was the fresh approach. The owners of a Residential Development in Central Park, Leopardstown decided to create a really cool communal area where the residents and tennants could interact and actually get to know each other. There is a gym, chill our area, a work area (if you must), a games room with fussball, games console, snooker table TV area and a children’s play area. Even a large kitchen and dining area where groups of people could come together over a meal.

    I was so impressed with our client’s approach. Of course it makes perfect sense from their point of view. It would be a huge incentive for new tenants and owners to choose this property and it brings a little humanity into the daily lives of the inhabitants. It’s so easy for people to feel lost in a city. I believe this is something very positive which can only be encouraged.

    In addition to providing these facilities, the client also decided to display a number of art pieces around the common areas. Having photographic art or any art for that matter around you greatly improves the quality of life in the workplace or home. Included in their selection were 4 of my my Photos. All were large pieces, printed on Durst Lambda Photographic Paper and mounted on high grade scratch resistant Acrylic. The largest image was a 5 x 1.2m high forest panoramic photo of the stunning Gougane Barra Forest Park. At this size you are transported to the scene almost as if you are there. A perfect piece for it’s chosen location.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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      the 2015 National IPPA Awards

      I’m still on cloud nine after winning 4 awards at the 2015 National IPPA awards on Sunday night. It was a fantastic evening and the IPPA should be proud to have such a wonderful pool of talented photographers in multiple disciplines. I won architectural and Commercial/Advertising Photographer of the year as well as best singled image in both categories.  For anyone that is interested here are the panels of 4 images in both categories as well as the best single image in each.

      The 1st 4 images are from the winning Commercial/ Advertising portfolio. All are from the amazing Guinness StorehouseThe 1st image is the best single image in Commercial/ Advertising

      Old Pipework in the Guinness Storehouse

      Old Pipework in the Guinness Storehouse

      Model Display in the Guinness Storehouse

      Model Display in the Guinness Storehouse

      Old Pipework in the Guinness Storehouse

      Old Pipework in the Guinness Storehouse

      Guinness Storehouse

      The Waterfall in the Guinness Storehouse

       

      The 4 images you see below are from the winning Architectural Portfolio. 2 are from the Guinness Storehouse and 2 are from a beautiful house I photographed for the very talented Darmody Architects. The 1st image is also the winning best single image in the Architecture Category.

      Main Store in the Guinness Storehouse

      Main Store in the Guinness Storehouse

      Main Store in the Guinness Storehouse

      Main Store in the Guinness Storehouse

      House by Darmody Architecture

      House by Darmody Architecture

      House by Darmody Architecture

      House by Darmody Architecture

      If you would like to check out my galleries of the 2 projects than just click here for The Guinness Storehouse and here for the house by Darmody Architects.

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        3 Beautiful houses by Dermot Bannon Architects on Room to Improve

        I have photographed a number of beautiful projects for Dermot Bannon Architects and 3 of these have appeared recently on the RTE 1 architectural TV series Room to Improve.

        The first house in Din Lapghaire is very close to my home my home and it was the 1st time I used my Sony A7r. Since thing I have photographed almost all my architectural work on this fantastic camera. It is a completely revamped old industrial building. It was converted to a lovely multi level contemporary home with a terrace looking over the roof tops in Dun Laoghaire.

        The 2nd project shown on Room to Improve was a beautifully restored old school house in Kiltiernan County Dublin. It included a lovely timber clad contemporary extension. It is always great to see a beautifully restored old structure and it’s a perfect example of how the traditional and contemporary can coexist hand in hand.

        The last house I photographed was a fascinating 1970’s rural home near Mullingar. It had already a lot of architectural merit and just needed to be brought into the 21st century to compliment the lovely existing lines in the home.

        It was great fun seeing the homes I photographed on tv and was interesting to see how the guys on Room to Improve filmed the projects.

        You can see more work from Dermot Bannon Aarchitects here on his website

        You can check out the 3 homes I photographed for Dermot Bannon Architects on Room to Improve on the RTE player. To see the episode from Dun Laoghaire click here. You can check out the episode from the old school house in Kiltiernan here and to see the episode from Mullingar click here

        I have photographed several other homes for Dermot Bannon Architects  and another one will appear on a future episode of Room to Improve. So watch this space!

         

        House in Dun Laoghaire by Dermot Bannon Architects on Room to Improve

        Restored School House in Kiltiernan by Dermot Bannon Architects on Room to Improve

        House in Mullingar by Dermot Bannon Architects on Room to Improve

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          An Animal Feed Plant in Meath. A Treasure Trove for Fine Art Photos!

          I photographed a forest in County Meath earlier this year. I had a great days shooting. I was happy with the knowledge that I got the shot that I wanted. I packed my bags and drove off in the dark. I only drove a few hundred meters from the woodland exit and I drove past some sort of industrial building. A large door was open enough that I was able to get glimpse at what was inside, just with my peripheral vision as I drove past. I slammed on the brakes and reversed. I sat there with a feeling of electricity running through my veins. I knew looking through the gap in the door that this place was a treasure trove full of potential for fine art photos. I felt an instant connection to the place. I could not quite understand why. However shyness took the better of me. I felt awkward that I would be intruding. So I drove off. A couple of hundred meters later I slammed on the brakes. I turned around. I stopped the car. I turned around again to go home. I stopped the car. I said to Hell with it and I went back. I shyly walked inside the building from the dark and saw a lone man driving a fork lift.  I explained who I was and would he mind if I photographed his amazing Shed! He looked at me a bit bemused. Probably thinking I was let out for the day.

          The man was Robert. He is the owner of the company. Thanks to his kind generosity I ended up spending 3 Sundays photographing this amazing building full of dials and knobs and pipes and all sorts of machinery like from a science fiction movie. I loved every minute of it.  For me they are some of my most rewarding photos that I’ve every taken. You might think they are stupid and pointless but I love them. I could sense there was so much history, life, memories, love, blood, sweeat and tears tied into this place and it was a pleasure to capture a series of fine art photos of an amazing industrial Location. Thanks Ropert. :o)

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