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
This weekend, the cross city Luas was undergoing testing. I happened upon some of the work going on at Stephen's Green. As I approached, I could see the Gardai supervising the traffic, while a small army of engineers and workers walked up and down with the tram as it was testing the tracks. Members of the public watched in fascination as the testing gave the first hint that the four year project was nearing completion.
Today was one of those days that I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I was walking through the Stephen’s Green centre in Dublin and I happened to notice a bit of commotion out the side door. I walked out only to be greeted by a lot of people dressed up in old clothes on old bikes. It was of course Bloomsday today, and I had wandered into the start of the Bloomsday Bike Rally.
When I’m not out shooting, I’m generally working from my home studio. Working from home means you get to skip the morning commute which on rainy and cold mornings, which is always a pleasure but as spring and summer comes you miss out on the seeing Dublin wake up. A little while ago, I packed up cameras early to go into the city to get some photos, one of my favourite places to shoot , by the river Liffey.
Spring in Dublin is usually a mixture of rain and sun and on Saturday we took advantage of the good weather to visit the National Botanic gardens in the north of Dublin City. The sun was shining and the sky was blue, so it was a nice place to go to enjoy a beautiful spring day. Amazingly, it’s somewhere that I’ve never visited before, despite passing it many times when I was younger on a regular commute.
I was recently walking through the beautiful St. Stephen’s Green in the centre of Dublin, and here spring has begun in full. The daffodils were everywhere, and so too was this magnificent magnolia tree that can be found in the park. It’s a lovely time of growth and the light at the end of the dark winter.
Every year, at this time, the city of Dublin get’s a little greener. I’m not talking about some environmental initiative though. It’s not a sudden growth of trees or grass either. No, instead I’m talking about the annual build up to St. Patricks Day. Where every shop, pub and restaurant does it’s patriotic duty and adorns their premises in the requisite amount of green trappings, from Shamrocks to Leprechauns. If you didn’t know what was going on you’d think there was some kind of plastic outbreak.
A few years ago I was flying home from a trip abroad, and as we were approaching Dublin, I looked out of the aircraft window, and I saw a beautiful sight. As soon as I saw it it dawned on me as to why Ireland was called “The Emerald Isle”. There was something so distinctly Irish about the colour of the landscape, that I knew immediately that I was home. I have never forgotten that sight.
One of the questions that people often ask me, is how do I keep it interesting when shooting Dublin. The city is quite small, and I try to go out shooting as often as possible, so you might think that things would become stale after a while. But the city is constantly changing and I’m often trying to find new and different ways to look at it. Sometimes it can be as simple as using black and white rather than colour.
A few weeks ago, on a beautiful spring morning, My Wife and I headed out to the picturesque village of Malahide, north of Dublin City. The aim of our visit was not to see the village though. Instead we wanted to do the coast walk from Malahide to Portmarnock.
Dublin’s central bank up until now has been 6-9 College Green, just off Dame Street Dame Street. A large building with a small plaza out front that asides from being a meeting place for many, a walk through to temple bar and the site of the occupy dame street in 2011.
In the beautiful winter light of January, I spent some time shooting photos around Dublin. Winter has a reputation for being dark and miserable in Ireland, but every now and then you get a sunny day, and timed right you get some really beautiful light. I set out to capture some images of the city. I did something a little different that I usually do though, I shot on film.
My wife and I headed out to the beach at Sandymount this morning with the aim of catching the first sunrise of the new year. We got up at 6.30, and it was still pitch black and bloody cold. Aas the sun inched ever closer to our side of the world, the light got more and more spectacular.