On a visit to North Belfast I drove past the old Courthouse on the Crumlin Road, and decided that on my return journey, I stop and make some photographs. The courthouse was, like many old buildings in Belfast, designed by the architect Charles Lanyon and built in 1850. It closed in 1998 when the new court buildings at Laganside were opened, and it has remainded derelict since. Continue reading Crumlin Road Courthouse
The Bunch of Grapes
So, I’ve visited a derelict pub in inner east Belfast, and made some photographs. Why? Well, because the site has been sold for redevelopment, it’s going to be demolished and a block of apartments built in its place. But more importantly, because this building has an ugly and gruesome history.
The Bunch of Grapes is situated on the Beersbridge Road / Castlereagh Road junction, formerly known as ‘John Long’s Corner.’ (In the 1950’s my Great Grandfather (Mr Robb) owned and ran a cobbler’s shop (a shoe repairer) at the corner, so I’ve been familiar with the area for all my life.) Continue reading The Bunch of Grapes
What’s to see?
Over the next couple of weeks there’s plenty of opportunities for some really good photography outings.
Most obvious of course is the annual ‘OrangeFest’ (as they now call it) on July 12th. Whether you like it or loathe it, there’ll be parades and celebrations right across the province. Where there’s people there’s photographs just waiting to be made. Don’t do the obvious. It’s easy to photograph bands. Instead find a street or a town centre and make it your studio for the day. Watch the street life. Look for interesting happenstances, quirky moments. What’s happening around you on the streets that’s not in the parade? Continue reading What’s to see? w/c 8th July 2018
The Titanic Quarter in Belfast has many attractions, including of course, the two famous cranes that tower over the Belfast landscape, Samson and Goliath. Recenty though, a funfair has arrived on the waste ground beside the cranes. A few shots…
A Passenger’s Perspective…
I like the city’s skyline, and I’m ashamed at how many time I admire it from the comfort of a car! Today however, due to a convergence of coincidences, I happened to be in the front passenger seat of a car, with a camera in my hand, – so I wound down the window and took a few shots. Not easy, for there were quite a few other vehicles on the road at the same time. Continue reading Moving Experiences in Belfast!
One Hour Photowalk in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.
Spend an hour with your camera, with other enthusiasts and with a local professional photogrpapher, walking through familiar streets, and seeing Belfast through the lens. Get help along the way with composition and exposure and go home with a days experience, and an SD Card full of great images to share on your social media accounts. Continue reading Belfast Cathedral Qtr Photowalk
They create interest and make a baby shoot irresistible! I found this wooden boat in a new shop in Belfast and immediately I thought it was well worth the £25 or so that it cost!
Combine it with a green backdrop and a couple of lights in the studio and it’s a great asset! And young Arlo here seems to be enjoying it too!
Tiger’s Bay – a working class area in North Belfast, now rebuilt as a modern housing estate. The streets give a view over the harbour and shipyard areas of the city. I visited the area on a sunny winter day with my Nikon F100, loaded with Ilford Delta 100.
Victoria Square, Belfast
Some ten years ago, the old Victoria Square in Belfast, a drab Victorian street in the south quarter of the city centre with factory and office buildings, and a non-functioning metal fountain in the centre, was demolished and replaced by an ultra modern shopping complex, featuring multinational stores, cinemas and restaurants, residential apartments, bars and leisure, easy parking, and easy access to the streets of Belfast. Continue reading Victoria Square, Belfast
Our three finalists for the 2017 Child Portrait Awards (Mini-Models) have been announced by the national judges, and here they are! In no particular order yet, it’s Alby, Cianan, and Olivia.
On Feb 5th we’ll find out who is in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and each will win a studio prize of a fabulous Art Print! One of these three will go forward into the national competition with a chance of winning the BIG £1K prize!
The 2018 MINI-MODELS COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!
0-16 Yrs – Top prize is £1000, and runner up prizes. Entry is by way of a £10 donation to The Lullaby Trust. We have limited free sessions for this competition, if you are interested please click
for full details.
If you know anyone who may be interested please tell them!