So, back in my favourite county, .....Tipperary, I am just getting aquatinted with my new neighbours. Having spent the last six years or so down in Cork, near to the city centre , ( another wonderful part of Ireland ), I would not often see cows over my garden fence there ! Of course the countryside was so close and within a half a mile from Glanmire you could find the tranquil surroundings of rural Ireland in a Jiffy.. And that was where I would find myself , always looking for the wider open spaces of Cork's beautiful rolling countryside and the further west you went the wonderful rugged landscape of west Cork and the Kerry borders. Those that have followed me on social media could not fail to see my images from those locations which were so abundant in photo opportunities . Having hailed from London, working there for most of my adult life I now understand why the countryside is so important to me. Living in a city of 9 million people can be a little claustrophobic at times. Although I loved the vibrance of London and its many facets of life, I was more than happy to re-locate to this stunning country, which is only an hour away on a short flight and even the drive is not too daunting - until you reach the M25, London's orbital motorway which becomes just a large car park in the rush hour times of a weekday. In fact it is always busy. So back to Tipp' the county that I first resided in, seeing my children grow and develop into the wonderful people that they now are. Spending a lot of time photographing GAA for county newspapers sports pages I feel like I am home again. I learnt my way around Tipperary by the counties numerous GAA pitches located in small villages around the premier county and up to Thurles Stadium on a regular basis . As an Englishman I found myself initially in the alien environment of Hurling and Football shooting for the papers until it became something that I relished and was absorbed into this amazing sport of sports. There can be surely be no other game that requires such skills and fitness as Hurling and GAA football - in the world . To be at Croke Park covering an all Ireland final wearing a press tabard and seeing Tipperary's finest go head to head against an equally suited county team is breathtaking and sometimes I would pinch myself whilst concentrating deeply on the action, looking for that Special image that all photographers seek at a sports event.
So, here I find myself once again - AJ Photography Ireland, in a familiar environment camera locked and loaded and still as passionate about photography as ever as I look through my viewfinder at the world searching for that special moment in time. Wether it be sport, family occasions, or news work the camera has that unique ability to freeze and record that never again moment in time .. This is my passion....