Fionán O'Connell Photography: Blog en-us (C) Fionán O'Connell 2021 (Fionán O'Connell Photography) Wed, 08 Apr 2020 10:37:00 GMT Wed, 08 Apr 2020 10:37:00 GMT Fionán O'Connell Photography: Blog 86 120 Why Do People Blog? April-June1990-133April-June1990-133 I admit to having somewhat of a negative preconception about so called Blogs but try as I might, I can't seem to shake it off. It appears to me that they're generally fairly useless avenues for individuals to spill out their often random ramblings on inane topics. Who cares, really? If one was sharing something of serious value - philosophical insights maybe, or material documenting life in the natural world, then I could see the point.

Many photographers engage in Blogging and occasionally I find something of interest, but  it's rare enough.

Recently I began thinking about photography and what an utterly lonely pursuit it is. If you're not engaging in posting images on Instagram or any of the other platforms, then you're working in a void. I'm not interested in putting up images to gather likes as I just don't see the point. Is it not ultimately a reflection of how people are reaching out for affirmation of their existence, or something like that?

I'm struggling with photography. I love it and can't imagine a day when I wouldn't take several photos. This has gone on for nearly 40 years now and I'm amassed a seriously huge collection of images, catalogued in a very crude way. My struggle is what to do with them as now, in this world, burgeoning with images, nobody is really that interested.

This made me think. I have about 40 binders of negatives in my office, all meticulously paged, indexed & contact-sheeted. Embarking some years ago on the painfully slow process of scanning these files shortly after closing down the last of the 13 darkrooms I had in my life. My brother, himself a serious photographer, asked me why I was doing that - why I was delving into this old material instead of looking forward, creating new images.

I had, however, never stopped taking new photos - I was just taking care of the old film at the same time but it did me think and for a while, I stopped the scanning. Around the same time, a neighbour & retired press photographer died and his daughter, after a row with some of her siblings, dumped all her father's negatives into a barrel in the back garden and burned the lot. Later she complained that she was annoyed with herself as she ended up having to go to A&E on account of inhaling the toxic fumes from the burning plastic. This also made me think and I resumed my scanning.


Does all that amount to a Blog? I don't think so!

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Professor Thomas O'Grady on Dublin photographer Fionán O'Connell This piece appeared in a Boston periodical just yesterday.


My thanks to Professor Tom O'Grady.

(Fionán O'Connell Photography) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:36:40 GMT
Registration, Square Photos & Postage Hello Customers!


I hope the exams are going reasonably well.

Regarding ordering prints, please bear in mind the following three tips:

1. REGISTRATION:  it's a really good idea to register (takes just a few seconds) as this allows you to save your selections, allowing you to make decisions on purchases later. Otherwise, you have to start the perusal process all over again!

2. SQUARE: A very small number of images are not the normal 2:3 proportions - such as the Awards/Medals series. These are SQUARE in shape so be sure to order 6x6" or 8x8" or 12x12" prints. Needless to say, if you wish to frames these, you'll have to buy a square frame or have it custom framed or just have a square mount cut to fit into an existing frame.

3. POSTAGE: As there is a P&P cost, applied by the supplying photo laboratory, it makes sense to order anything in a single order rather than separate orders.

If you need any help with anything, please drop me a mail and I'll get back to you without delay.

Thank you for your business - it's much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Fionán O'Connell

(Fionán O'Connell Photography) photos postage registration square Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:33:10 GMT
Belvedere College 2017 Hi Everyone,

While the order deadline was Friday June 23rd, this applied to orders posted out to me for printing only. The online galleries will be left open so there's no rush. Just to remind you that it's a really good idea to accept the prompt to Register as that way you can save your selections and come back to them at a later date.

If you have any questions whatsoever, drop me a line and I'll do whatever I can to help you.


Hi Parents, Students & Friends,

I hope the exams went reasonably well for you all.

It's been an amazing year in the college. As the school photographer, I've been asked to make my photographs available to you and I thought it would be easiest to do so via separate links in this post.

1. Rhetoric Passing Out, Graduation & Individual Portraits:  (Password - greatdenmarkstreet)

2. Senior Cup Rugby Campaign 2017: (Password - gibbo)

3. Special Souvenir Senior Cup Photo Book:

4. Transition Year Graduation 2017: (Password - metamorphosis)


Just a few notes which might help you: PickUps2017&Misc005PickUps2017&Misc005


When you open a gallery and select an image you're interested in, click 'Buy'. When you select the size print you'd like, the image will appear large and you press 'Add To Cart'.  A Registration window will then open at the top right. You could ignore this but I recommend that you actually register as it will allow you to save anything you like for possible purchase later. Otherwise, you have to start all over again! Please be assured that registration is confidential and that your email address will not be shared nor will you receive any unsolicited mail from me.

Regarding the photographs of Prize winners, please note that these are SQUARE in shape so it would be best to order 8x8" prints and have them framed accordingly.

Lastly, if you're interested in ordering a SC Photo Book, I will be able to get a better price if you order through me rather than through the publisher directly - economies of scale etc. Just drop me an email and I'll see what can be done!




(Fionán O'Connell Photography) 2017 Belvedere Blackrock College Cup Final Fionan Graduation O'Connell Out Passing Portraits RDS Rhetoric Senior oconnellstreetphotography photography Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:49:44 GMT