Capturing mood and atmosphere
For as long as I can remember, images have been a huge part of my life. I can't help but process everything through an imaginary frame. What matters most to me as a photographer, however, is not only capturing the beauty of a thing or person, but also conveying a particular feeling. A pretty picture by itself is just that but when I can find a way to give it soul, then it's truly a beautiful thing.
I was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to New York in 1987 with a rock band. Although we gave it a good go, rock stardom was not in my future. Next, I dabbled in oil painting before finding a brief calling in Web and graphic design. Static imagery led to an interest in video and I created Americonic Films with director/composer Glenn Scott Lacey. My interest in moving images eventually steered me to my strongest passion to date, photography.
As far as recognition goes, I've been published in Britain's Black + White Photography magazine on multiple occasions including a two-page spread of my iPhone images. I've had my work featured in Digital Photographer Magazine, Fujifilm X Magazine and Escapees Magazine. I've received awards from Viewbug and been interviewed by 500px. In 2016, one of my images was chosen by IKEA for their art collection and, in that same year, I was shortlisted for Black + White Photographer of the Year. Finally, my pinhole work was also recognized by fslashd.com and thephoblographer.com
I've self-published four books (all available from the book store);
Alaska in black and white - dramatic images from my recent epic trip up north,
Stills from a Dream - a collection of short stories and pinhole photography,
Fifty Female Faces - a book of portraiture
Home on the Road - a compilation of black and white landscape photographs.
Most recently, my wife and I sold our home and nearly all of our worldly possessions and began a life on the road in a motorhome. This has given me unprecedented access to the many wonderful landscapes around the United States. Every day I'm grateful for this amazing opportunity. I have written extensively about my adventures on my blog.