Just home from Slovakia where I was photographing the Grand Power factory in Banská Bystrica, a company making firearms for sport shooters, law enforcement and military customers worldwide. Owner Jaroslav Kuracina, a former military armorer, designed the entire model range and is fanatical about the quality of the factory’s production where each and every gun is assembled from start to finish by a single craftsman – teams of these men work in shifts to meet the company’s delivery schedules rather than surrender quality to an assembly line approach. I enjoyed visiting Slovakia and the hospitality was amazing.
New permanent gallery in Belfast displaying my large format prints – on the 4th floor atThe Midtown Centre, 25 Talbot Street, feel free to drop in for a look. Aisling (pictured here) will be delighted to show you a selection of images and explain prices.
It is hoped that the ship will become a permanent attraction in Belfast’s docks when she ends Naval service next year.
She is the sole survivor of the WW1 battle of Jutland, the first ship to launch an aeroplane from her deck and served as Naval HQ in Northern Ireland throughout WW2.
HMS Caroline’s importance is recognised by her inclusion in the National Historic Fleet along with other legends including Cutty Sark, the last of the tea clippers & HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned warship in the world.
Just a short walk from The SS Nomadic the pair make Belfast a “must sea” destination! It’s features like this that make being a Belfast photographer special.
I was commissioned by Countryside Access and Activities Network (CAAN) who are the network organisation responsible for encouraging outdoor activities and adventure throughout Northern Ireland.
Working in partnership with the National Trust and local councils has enabled the restoration of this bothy on Salt Island in Strangford Lough, which can be rented for the ultimate in holiday seclusion by anyone who has a boat or canoe to get there!