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January 3rd, 2013 - 08:46 AM
2012 was a really special year to be a London resident. Living on London's Southbank was an awesome opportunity and I made the most of it when I moved there in April just before the Queen's Jubilee. I was inspired to photograph everything using my new iPhone 4s, at first simply taking snapshots but I soon became more discerning, I was taking more care when considering the composition of the photographs, the angle and perspective, and using apps to edit the shots as I wanted to do justice to the scenes I was capturing.
The Diamond Jubilee was an immense event which was celebrated in spectacular fashion by one and all culminating in the amazing spectacle that was the River Pageant. The entire city decorated using bunting and Union Jacks galore, not to mention masks featuring the faces of The Queen, Prince Charles, Will and Kate which were worn by young and old! I remember waking at around 6.30 on the morning of the Jubilee with the sounds of people, music and activity outside. There was an amazing sense of anticipation. I threw on my clothes- raincoat essential, packed a picnic and set off at around 7am. The picture attached is the first picture I took that morning. I sent it immediately to BBC news and they replied by calling me to ask if they could use it. The atmosphere was electric on the Southbank. It was cold, wet and foggy but people were sitting pretty with flasks and sandwiches and their Union Jack Umbrellas eagerly awaiting The Queen. It was truly beautiful. I was hooked, trying to take as many photographs as I possibly could to savour that day and to share it with family and friends.
After that, I used every opportunity to take photographs. A trip to the west of Ireland in May to see beautiful landscapes -The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher. When I returned to London, the city was photographed most days. Henley Rowing Regatta was absolutely stunning.
Then London hosted the Olympics. The city was a hive of activity with a terrific air of excitement. The light display onto the Houses of Parliament was absolutely outstanding. I was so proud of London when that light show started every night for the duration of the Olympics.
One of the highlights of the year for me, surprisingly was The Thames Festival. I absolutely loved it. A feast for the senses, food stalls, music, poetry, games, entertainment, craft markets and amazing photo opportunities which I utilised to the max! That Helter Skelter was a beauty!
One of my favourite photographs is one I took of people sunbathing on the Southbank near Gabriel's Wharf. That was an awesome day, an absolute scorcher!
I really wanted to capture the beauty of my home city of Cork and captured a series of black and white photos entitled 'Beautiful Cork".
Holidays in Croatia and Barcelona led to some wonderful landscape shots of waterfalls, seascapes and of course Architecture (Gaudi in Barcelona). Speaking of architecture I have to mention The Shard which was one of my favourite subjects to photograph, it was completed in 2012 and it is truly a new London Icon, a fantastic achievement.
I have developed a passion for photography, reading photography tips/ blogs and looking at other photographers work for ways to improve and for inspiration. Reactions from my friends and family have encouraged me to share this passion. I hope any visitors to my site enjoy my photographs. Framed prints, canvases and posters are available to purchase. Thanks for your ongoing support.
I will continue taking photographs and adding to my portfolio. Feedback and comments are welcome.
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