Showing posts with label Photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Photography. Show all posts

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Photo Diary - Belfast Photo Festival Urban Photo Walks - 25 & 27 June 2015

As part of the 2015 Belfast Photo Festival all ages and experiences were invited to join PLACE on a walk through central Belfast. With some of Belfast’s best known buildings as the backdrop, participants were guided and encouraged to create stunning architectural images. Below is a selection of images from the two walks which took place on 25th and 27th June 2015.

Transport House - John Vaughan

The MAC - Janet Holland

Royal Mail Sorting Office & The Obel - Gareth Johnston

Saint Anne's Square & St Anne's Cathedral - Neville Leinster

The MAC - Saint Anne's Square - Allan Leonard

Victoria Street underpass - John Vaughan

The MAC - Gareth Johnston

St Anne's Cathedral - Janet Holland

The MAC - Allan Leonard

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Photo Diary - Family Friendly Urban Photo Walk - 7, 8, 14, 15 March 2015

As part of Family Friendly Belfast 2015 all ages and experiences were invited to join PLACE on a walk through central Belfast. With some of Belfast’s best known heritage buildings as the backdrop, participants were guided and encouraged to create stunning architectural images. The images below are from the series of walks which took place on 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th March 2015.

Monday, 14 January 2013

This is the Place | announcement of prize winners

At the end of October last year, PLACE, somewhereto_NI, and Belfast Exposed put out a call for submissions for a competition called This is the Place | Photography from the Ground Up. We invited young people from across Northern Ireland to show us their places as they see and experience them. We had a fantastic response representing a broad interpretation of the brief and displaying a high standard of young talent.  

Just before we broke for Christmas we got together to select the winners with our panel of esteemed judges - Pauline Hadaway, director of Belfast Exposed; Damien Duffy, artist-in-residence and education programme co-ordinator at Void Derry; and Brian J Morrison, Belfast-based artist and lecturer in photography at the University of Central Lancashire.

Pauline, Damien, and Brian skillfully went through each submission, evaluating the image on a range of criteria, including interpretation of the brief, subject matter, and composition, before coming to a unanimous decision on first, second, and third places.

We are delighted to announce that the winners are...

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Photography competition

This is the place
Photography from the ground up

Are you aged between 16-25 and interested in photography?

somewhereto_NI, in association with PLACE and Belfast Exposed are delighted to announce a unique photography competition that invites young people to show us their local places as they see them.

We are all familiar with images that show the important monuments and landmarks of our built environment. Other, less remarkable features of the places we live also have important significance in our daily lives - the bus stop closest to our house, the park bench we go to on our breaks, a piece of graffiti we pass every morning.

This is the place: Photography from the ground up invites submissions that capture your personal relationship to the spaces in which you live, work and socialise.

As well as exciting prizes for the overall winner and two runners-up, 10 finalists will have their entries featured in a limited edition publication. Selected entrants will also have the opportunity to be part of an upcoming exhibition to be held in Derry-Londonderry later in 2012.

No experience is necessary to apply, and we encourage submissions that take advantage of the variety and accessibility of photographic devices, such as camera phones, photo apps, and both digital and analogue formats.

Give us your best shot!

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 10th November 2012
All entries are subject to the competition terms and conditions.

Submit an image >>

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Anthony Haughey, Settlement at Belfast Exposed

Settlement I, Anthony Haughey 2011, Courtesy of Belfast Exposed

My name is Catherine McCormick and I’m currently working as one of the research interns at PLACE.  As a means of getting to know the architectural community in Belfast, I’ve spent my first couple of weeks at PLACE checking out a number of exhibitions currently running in galleries within the city, with the intention of blogging about them after!

Currently held in the Belfast Exposed Gallery, ‘Settlement’ is a photographic and architectural exhibition by Anthony Haughey, which explores how economic growth in Ireland affected the natural landscape. 

I could see, from our larger towns and cities, to the smallest rural villages, how Anthony has captured these ‘ghost estates’, which have been left incomplete as a result of the collapse of Ireland’s ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy. The effects are portrayed through an excellent combination of darkness, artificial light and long exposures.

This collapse saw the immediate end of more than fifteen years of growth as the bank’s dissolved developer’s loans, which ultimately ceased building projects across Ireland. This has now left the once picturesque landscapes dotted with unfinished houses and estates. The National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis 2010 estimated that there are currently more than 620 ‘ghost estates’ and thousands of empty houses throughout Ireland. It could be suggested that these ‘ghost towns’ signify the end of Ireland’s gold rush and express the effects of hastily building housing estates in tandem with unregulated growth.

Settlement XVI, Anthony Haughey 2011. Courtesy of Belfast Exposed

The Exhibition which has been running since June 29th compromises a number of elements, such as; a series of landscape photographs showing ‘ghost towns’ in Ireland throughout 2010/2011, a large architectural installation, and a number of propositions which re-imagine a selection of vacant, dis-used and unfinished sites throughout Ireland.

The architectural model and design proposals featured in the exhibition are result of the collaboration between Anthony Haughey, Paul O’Sullivan, UCD Architecture students, the DIT NAMAlab project and Mahoney Architects, where the idea was to reimagine and redesign these disused, unfinished sites.

The photographs presented are quite moving in how they capture the implications economic downturn can have on the construction industry whether you’re an architect, planner, builder or resident. This is a great exhibition for those of you who have a spare half hour passing through town and have an interest in architecture and design in the South of Ireland. 

The Exhibition will run until August 10th 2012

Settlement: Where Do We Go from Here? Panel Discussion: 9 August, 2pm. This discussion is free but please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve a place.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Photoblog: The Olympic torch on the North Coast

The Olympic torch relay on Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Photo copyright David Bunting, Images-NI.
Our photoblogger David Bunting got some great snaps of the Olympic Flame among some of the iconic scenery of the north coast.

He also took in some of the architectural sights of the area - the new Causeway Visitor Centre and Mussenden Temple. See loads more images after the jump!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Photoblog: Castle Ward

Our photoblogger David Bunting recently took a trip to historic National Trust property, Castle Ward. Here are some of the shots he took of the building and its richly decorated rooms.

Photo from David Bunting, Images-NI.

Photo from David Bunting, Images-NI.

Photo from David Bunting, Images-NI.

Photo from David Bunting, Images-NI.
See more of Castle Ward's sumptuous interiors after the jump.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

The sun going down on the Orpheus Building

Image copyright Ben Groves, 2012

We received this photo from Ben Groves, a student at University of Ulster. Ben writes:
The photo was from one of those unexpected moments. I was working late one evening in my studio on E floor of the Orpheus building on York Street. When I walked into the foyer, the sun was setting and it made me think how close I was to finishing my time at University. It seemed to be a poignant image as I was aware that the building's future was in doubt due to the planned redevelopment.
Have you photographed a favourite place, or captured a special architectural moment? Send your images to [email protected] to be featured here on the Blog.

And if you're really into photography and architecture - consider joining our Flickr Group: Northern Ireland's Best Places and Buildings, featuring the work of 101 members, and currently standing at over 1,700 photos.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Richard Stout residency at Belfast Exposed

Photography by Richard Stout. Courtesy Belfast Exposed.

Belfast Exposed are delighted to host photographer Richard Stout as an artist in residence at Belfast Exposed on 22, 23, 24th May in collaboration with the North Eastern Photography Network. Richard is an artist member of the ‘Garden Shed’ project, an arts initiative set up by Gateshead Council and now jointly run in collaboration with The National Trust. Based in a small woodcutter’s hut (The Woodcutter Studio) in the historic grounds of the Gibside Estate, Richard has recently embarked on a long term exploration of Gibside and the population of workers, volunteers and visitors who use the site.

Richard wants to use his NI Residency to develop links (comparative or contrasting) to his continuing project at Gibside in order to encourage dialogue and exchange of ideas, themes and projects. During this initial visit Richard hopes to initiate contacts and conversations with artists, photographers and communities interested in his area of work. He is also interested in building relationships which will help him to develop his initial ideas and lines of enquiry and also to test/evaluate his working methods and visual approach.

Richard will give a presentation on his work in the Exchange Space in Belfast Exposed at 3pm on 23rd May. This talk is free but please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve a place.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Green Veins on Flickr

Celia Spouncer has been travelling far and wide in her investigation of the health of green space in Belfast.

Cooking up a soup (c) green veins belfast on Flickr

You can see some of her adventures on Flickr: click here.

Green Veins continues at PLACE until 31st May.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Some favourites from our Flickr group

Our Flickr Group, Northern Ireland's Best Places and Buildings, showcases work by photographers from across NI. Here's a few of our favourite recent additions!

Castlerock, tilt-shifted into miniature! (jonypatterson)

Saturday, 7 August 2010

The past inside the present

Sergey Larenkov's blog features images of significant historical events in cities like Berlin, Moscow and Prague - mostly from WWII era - combined with their modern day setting.


Saturday, 27 March 2010

Day or Night photoblog

Above: Signage on Telephone House, May St, Belfast (via

Just launched this week, visit Day or Night for photos of old and classic signs in and around Belfast.

Monday, 8 February 2010

The New Topographics

Top: Massachusetts street, 1974 by Stephen Shore; above, the same scene 30 years later by Valery Denis (images via The Exposure Project)

Examining the impact and influence of the 'New Topographics', a US photography movement that cast a realist eye over sprawling American cities and industry.

Guardian: Beauty in the banal

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Love Photography? Love Architecture? Join the PLACE Flickr Group!

PLACE is seeking your images of the best buildings, townscapes and public spaces across Northern Ireland. Our new Flickr group is a showcase for Northern Ireland's Best Places and Buildings.

Whether you're a photographer, an architect or an interested amateur, we're looking for your images from across Northern Ireland of where you see quality in our built environment.

Some of the best photographs may be selected by PLACE for its promotional materials, such as the regular seasonal brochure, one-off publications and the website*.

New to Flickr?
It's easy and FREE to join Flickr, and it's a great way to show off your photography - find out more, then sign up here!

Already a Flickr user?
Join the PLACE group now and start adding your photos! Click here.

*PLACE will contact Flickr users for permission if we are interested in using an image; unfortunately we cannot offer any payment for using these images but the photographer, and architect, where applicable, will be credited. You will need to be the original owner of the image or have permission to use it.

Friday, 24 July 2009

RSPB Nature's Hotspots Photography Competition

Ballymacormick Point - image by rjcobain on flickr

RSPB Northern Ireland has launched a brand new photographic competition to capture images of Northern Ireland’s wildlife, habitats and fantastic scenery.

‘Nature’s Hotspots’ will run from the Summer through to the beginning of November ’09 and culminate with a Photo Exhibition at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on 23 November. The competition signals a re-launch of the RSPB’s ‘Safe and Sound’ campaign, to ensure that Northern Ireland’s most special natural places - Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs) are protected and maintained.

Categories include Best Bird Photo, Best Wildlife Photo (excluding birds), Best Landscape/Habitat photo, Under 16s category - any image taken on an ASSI; Our panel of judges will also choose an overall winner.

Speaking today, RSPB Spokesperson Colum Delaney said:

“This competition is open to young and old, amateur and professional. It is so easy to take our environment for granted and ‘Nature’s Hotspots’ is about providing a better understanding and appreciation of the fantastic wildlife, flora and breath-taking landscapes all around us.

“Nature’s Hotspots’ is about celebrating our natural heritage and connecting people with the local environment. The photo competition signals the re-launch of the RSPB’s Safe and Sound campaign, which is designed to ensure that our local Areas of Special Scientific Interest are in favourable condition.”

RSPB’s ‘Nature’s Hotspots’ Photography Competition encourages the public to take a photo on their local ASSI (access permitting), and submit the image to the RSPB. We are also encouraging people to submit some text with the image, to describe what the photo means to them (text is optional). For full details on how to enter the competition, terms and conditions and a map of Northern Ireland’s ASSIs, please go to

The closing date of the competition is 1 November 2009, and an exhibition and a selection of entries (as well as the announcement of winners) will be on display at a launch in Parliament Buildings, Stormont on the 23 November 2009.

List of ASSIs in Northern Ireland: NIEA ASSIs List
RSPB Homepage:

Sunday, 31 May 2009


Image from naughton321 on Flickr

BLDBLOG has an interview with Irish photographer Richard Mosse, who has taken photographs of the Imperial palaces of Iraq (now converted into army bases) for his new project, Breach.

He makes an interesting comparison between these palaces, American McMansions and the effect of the Window Tax on the development of Irish Architecture:

"McMansion is a term borrowed by us in Ireland, where I'm from. Ireland was hard-hit by English penal laws, from the 17th century onward. One of those laws was the Window Tax. This cruel levy was imposed as a kind of luxury tax, to take money from anyone who had it; the result was that Irish vernacular architecture became windowless. The Irish made good mileage on the half-door, for instance, a kind of door that can be closed halfway down to keep the cattle out but still let the light in.

"Aside from this innovation, and from subtleties in the method of thatching, Irish architecture never fully recovered—to the point that, even today, almost everyone in my country chooses their house from a book called Plan-a-Home, which you can buy for 15 euros. And if you have extra cash to throw in, you can flick to the back of the book and choose one of the more spectacular McMansions. Those are truly Saddam-esque."