This is the WEST!!

I got a phonecall from Timi Ogunyemi (the only legit Prince of Africa I know) Asking me to join a group of cool and creative people for a weekend in Mayo surfing, Stand up paddle boarding,  kite surfing and Climbing mountains all put on by the good people in Rockshore! An absolute cracker of a beer!!

I finished a shoot I had for The Hole In The Wall and drove to Louisburgh to meet everyone at the Atlantic Lodge run by Big Style. Absolute heroes every single one of them. The funniest, warmest and most caring crew you could meet! They showed us how to not get pulled away to Nova Scotia while Kite Surfing ( Excluding Yve Byrne who nearly sailed home to Carlow!) We SUPPED through Lough Doologh  which was absolutely whopper!!! The whole weekend was captured by Joe Ladrigan and Ciaran Maguire and man did they capture everythiiiiiiiiing!

It was deadly hanging out with loads of creative people, photographers and bloggers. Such a brilliant mix of people. And I could not recommend a weekend in Louisburgh highly enough to anyone. Dingle seems to get most of the love  but Louisburgh deserves the same love. A real hidden gem!! Look up the 'Big style' lads, grab a few Rockshore and get out and get some air into the lungs!!

Here's a few images and portraits I snapped while there. Some were taken wearing a wet-suit but I'll let you figure out which ones.

Finally a quick thank you to Timi, Elena, Nic, Niki & Jeanette for looking after us so well.

Big love, Gx

 

The friendly beast

I went shooting as soon as the snow stuck on Wednesday afternoon. I walked from my place in Glasnevin to the Phoenix park at an extremely slow pace! It took about two hours but I knew I needed some snow images for The Hole In The Wall and for myself!!

Every scene reminded me of Fargo and everyone I met on the way was so friendly. I took a few portraits of families playing in the snow and sent them onto them, as the one thing that will last long after the snow melts are the photographs! The snow seemed to bring the best out in people for now anyway.....  A truly magical time in Dublin.

I also shot an entire roll of 35mm film which I CANNOT wait to get developed as soon as the snow clears!! But for now, the fire's lit and the wine's poured.

Gx

MAAAAAM!! I WON!!!!! ;)

 

December 2, 2017

I am thrilled to have come FIRTST PLACE in the Igersdublin gallery night, out of 900 images this old chestnut came first! I stalked this man on a late September evening until he sat down directly opposite the Poolbeg towers I couldn't believe my luck. 

Thanks a million to Sofia & Sarah for putting the gallery on.

 My White Whale

My White Whale

I went viral!!! (Sort of.) 

I went viral!!! (Sort of.) 

I took this photo in April 2015 right after Joe Caslin had finished this incredible paper design before the marriage equality referendum in May. I was flying to Berlin the next day and scheduled the post to go up on Facebook as I was in the air and by the time I had got back onto the grid at lunchtime it had been shared 15 thousand times. It has since been shared and reposted 44 thousand times and has been seen by over 356 thousand people.

To me it sums up Dublin... Why go bald? Dublin Bus, Dame street and Georges Street, those traffic lights that we've all stood at a million times, ricks burgers, the mercantile and that unbelievable piece of artwork by one of Ireland's greatest artists. It feels to me like a modern day meeting on the turret stairs.