A photography collection about Dublin City, from the buildings, the architecture, to the people and the many little sights and quirky subjects that make up the heart and the soul of Dublin. By Thomas Fitzgerald
It has been a pretty dark start to the year in Dublin so far. Most days have been fairly cloudy, so when there was a break in the gloom, we decided to go for a nice walk along the pier in Dún Laoghaire, and of course it was a nice opportunity for some of my first photos of the new year.
I was returning home from a week in a sweltering London last Friday, and we had taken the boat home. I was never so happy to see cloudy skies after the month plus long heatwave. As we approached the shore of Ireland, the moody sky and sea made for some great images.
Intending to get the most from the beautiful weather that we have been having recently, we set out to the north of the city, to Clontarf one evening to witness the sunset over the bay and the iconic Poolbeg Towers. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I ended up with a spectacular show, courtesy of the right timing and the beautiful evening.
If there’s one thing I love about the stretch of sunshine when it comes to photography, its the way it brings out the colour around us. Dublin may feel like a dull and grey place sometimes, but its actually pretty colourful. You just don’t notice it as much when the rain and grey clouds turn the saturation down. But with a little sunshine, take a stroll and open your eyes and you can find colour everywhere.
I happened to be in the city centre last weekend, just before the annual Pride march was about to take place. While I wasn’t able to stay for the parade itself, I did manage to see some of the buildup to the event. Dublin became a sea of colour, and the beautiful weather certainly helped.
It’s been a lovely summer week here in Dublin, and one of my favourite spots to enjoy the good weather int he city is by the Grand Canal between Baggot Street and Charlemont Street. Here the trees provide a nice canopy of shade and the coming and going on the banks of the canal is always interesting.
Perhaps it is the designer in me, but I love capturing images of details, whether it’s graffiti, street art, quirky objects, or simply bold colours and textures. Dublin city is full of these sights. Everywhere you look you will find something interesting. Whether it’s the light falling on a window display, or the layers of paper from old billboards, it’s a world of texture and colour.
Setting out early on a Saturday morning to shoot some street photography around the city, I was surprised at how quiet and serene it was. On this particular overcast day, the empty south side was simply peaceful. I headed around the area of the canal and Baggot Street and enjoyed the calm while trying to capture the atmosphere through the facades of the closed shops to the interesting architectural details. Even in the heart of the city, and as the bustle began to climb, there were still moments of quiet.
I recently wrote about how great the light is in Dublin during the Autumn months, but it's also pretty great during winter too. Of course, it depends on the weather, but on a clear day, under the right conditions, the light here in Dublin can make the city look magical.
Last year I got up early with the aim of capturing the sunrise for the first day of the year. I took some nice shots of the light before dawn but it clouded over too much before the actual sun rose. Still, I wanted to make it a tradition, and so, once again, I headed to the same spot in order to catch the first rays of sun for 2018.
For the past four years I’ve had a little side project in the back of my mind every time I go out shooting street or cityscape shots in Dublin city. As construction of the cross city Luas line got underway, it occurred to me that keeping at least some kind of photographic record of the progress might be interesting.