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

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Grace and Glory – The inner sleeve

These portraits were shot for the inner sleeve of The High Kings new album- Grace and Glory.
I set up a studio in The Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran Co Donegal, in between sound checks and dinner. Such a pleasure to work with. Finbar 3b_wBrian 1b_w 2Martin banjo h_constrast 2B_WGavin with MandoB_W_ed

Grace and Glory

I recently shot the cover of the new album by the acclaimed Irish traditional band The High Kings entitled Grace and Glory. In between sound checks at the hotel I shot on location in Bundoran on the Donegal coast. Martin Furey, Finbar Clancy, Brian Dunphy,and Darren Holden all braved the elements with their usual professionalism. Afterwards it was back to the hotel to set up a studio to shoot portraits for the inside of the cover, followed by live shots during the gig. http://www.thehighkings.comgg-cover-titles copy copy copygraceandglory-11am