Portugal in colour

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Photographic regrets – The Dogs series.

I’ve always had a list of projects to fulfil either to start creating or to complete. Sometimes they are ‘on the long finger’ for numerous reasons , permissions, logistics, costs, time etc. Many years ago I photographed in this amazing characterful hairdressers with a view to organising a shoot of the customers particularly under the old fashioned hairdryers as soon as. I returned to give him some prints and to talk about my project but to my aghast it had been renovated into a modern chain type hairdressers. There are more, including a few shop fronts particularly in Georges St Dublin . This week my local Greyhound stadium in Harold’s Cross unexpedly closed down. I did some shots of the book makers at track side (see below) . But always had intentions of completing this series with shots of the owners / breeders with the dogs. So as its amalgamating with a track a few kilometres away………the-dogs-bcopythe-dogs_6-copythe-dogs_2-copymaamthe-dogs_8-copy

Aviva!

In 2010 I did a shoot for a BBC publication featuring the ex Ireland and Lions rugby player Fergus Slattery. One of the shots was to feature him at the building of the new Lansdowne Rd stadium, that was soon to be renamed The Aviva Stadium. Once it was officially opened in May of that year I returned on numerous occasions to photograph it from the various locations. This contemporary piece of architecture set amongst the residential surroundings in the capital city proved to be visually inspiring for me to create this series. It is solely owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the current stadium is controlled by the IRFU and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) through a 50:50 joint venture known as the Lansdowne Road Stadium Development Company (LRSDC). The joint venture has a 60-year lease on the stadium; on expiry the stadium will return to the exclusive ownership of the IRFU. The stadium’s roof is designed to undulate in a wave-like manner so as to avoid blocking light to local residences.12535b5c-copy5d5d15e5f-copy5g67a8a9a10a16a-copy17-copy