(Trafalgar Square, London, 2009)
Oberkampf is the area of Paris
in the 11th Arrondissement where I stay when I'm in the city.
Its become something of a second home - a bustling area of city
and close to so much varied life. This image was from the attic
apartment I took in November 2004. There's a real sense of the
scale of the Parisian buildings, and you can see all the way along
the Rue d'Oberkampf past the bustling cafes and bars. A solid
image that holds special affection for me.
Walking back along the Seine I
was struck by this view of the Eiffle Tower and the bright neon
lights promoting Paris (failed) bid for the 2012 Olympics. You
couldn't move for adverts and support for the bid in the city.
I really expected them to get it. The camera was placed on a wall
and let to run a long exposure in order to catch the detail and
colours. You can clearly see the light from the top of the tower,
and the neon's have strangely been reflected in mid air and upside
down on the negative.
Despite living in Belfast nearly
all my life, I've never really thought of it as a city. It just
lacks the scale for me, and yet, there's something rather
beautiful and city-like when you see it from a vantage point
like this - all lit up.
This was taken from the top of the library tower at Queen's
University, looking over the old library building north.
In 2003 I made two lengthy visits
to the the empty Harland and Wolffe shipyard in my hometown of
Belfast. Feet away from this location the Titanic was built nearly
100 years ago. Nearly everyone in Northern Ireland has some sort
of ancestor who connects them to the shipyard. Nearly everyone
in Belfast has some connection to the Tititanic.
This blow up from a contact print
(over 300 frames are yet to be printed up from the sessions)
is taken between the famous yellow cranes of the yard - Samson
and Goliath. Typically for Belfast it was raining...
During one of my visits to the
Harland and Wolffe yard I took a number of rolls in and around
the vast empty warehouses that once resounded with the sounds
of industry. Eerie, empty places now, they remind me of something
better suited to an Eisenstein film.
Another in the long series of
Harland and Wolffe frames taken in one of the vast empty warehouses
that stands on the old shipyard site in Belfast harbour. Eerie
and haunting, in the half-light the structures have an ominous,
yet warm and almost inviting feel.
This image is all about the silhouette,
pure black and whites, and geometry and perspective.
More of the industrial relics at
Harland and Wolff, Belfast.
|Cog in the
A glimpse into the industrial
past of Belfast at the Harland and Wolff ship yard.
I used this image for the cover of
a compilation cd (a homage to the old mix tapes) for friends a while
|Hyde Park Fair
Walking through Hyde Park in
London, I stumbled upon the Winter Wonderland fairground. A
delightful display of neon and carnival attractions.
This shot captures the big wheel
(which I sadly didn't ride) and in the foreground a man on a bungee
cable inside what can only be the leftovers of the Crystal Maze
|Eye on London
The first of several images from
my March 2006 trip to London. Woody Allen was right about the
British weather being so great - the overcast conditions can provide
great dynamic images such as this one. Colour photos just don't
do it justice.
The London Eye has established
itself as one of the great new London landmarks, situated on the
The famous London skyline at Westminster
Bridge has been etched into my mind for its iconic use in Doctor
Who. Every trip I make, I find an excuse to look over at parliament.
Never any Daleks though...
I took this in the middle of a
busy Wednesday afternoon, but you wouldn't know it. I found the
five second gap between the traffic.
This one is for my brother...