Dublin Street Photography

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Although I do not consider myself to be a street photographer because I prefer other styles, I do practice this style of photography regularly, in Ireland and in Italy where I have spent some time photographing nuns in Assisi, the calli of Venice and the hill-top towns of Umbria. I do enjoy street photography, the interactions and looking for that fleeting image, to capture a moment in time is exciting.

Photographing Nuns in Assisi

On a recent photo tour with Norman from California, street photography was the theme. We only had a few hours so off we went from his hotel along the Liffey and headed up through the Liberties area of Dublin.

I had earlier in the day been photographing some street art in the city before meeting with Norman and retracing my steps.

Dublin Street Art

Street art of Dublin

The main image is from one of the many butcher's shops in Dublin where I often buy bacon and from there we headed on through the inner city, just walking and talking.

Norman was quite set on what he wanted to achieve, photographing Irish faces and people in places. And that is what we set about photographing.

Street photography in Dublin, people in the alley

We take a circuitous route through the south inner city of Dublin, using our cameras to capture a moment in time on each street corner and talking with some of the people we photograph.

Waiting for the bus in Dublin

Dublin is a great city and Norman tells me that it reminds him of New York, I have never been to that sprawling metropolis but I know enough of it to agree that Dublin has an interesting mix of architectural styles. Of course, there are very few skyscrapers in Dublin with its historic seven storey  limit. There are some tall buildings, Montevetro and Alto Vetro among them - tall and impressive buildings in the docklands area, one of is owned by Google.

Like Brian, another California native who spent a rain-soaked day with me back in the early summer, Norman also has a way with people, he has one of those American accents that puts people at ease and he obviously enjoys talking. Having a non-Irish accent of course helps when you are in Ireland photographing people.

Nollaig Shona Duit Christmas lights on Grafton Street, Dublin

Norman had to finish earlier than expected, we were in the area of Grafton Street and the Christmas lights were due to be switched on, it was Thursday evening and since there would be plenty of people in the area I decided to stay around. It was a busy evening on Grafton Street and there were plenty of people around. I got some images of the lights of Grafton Street and the people who were there on the street.

And in between I managed to get one of my favourite images that I have ever taken, I have not shared it here yet because it is part of a bigger project. More to come on this as the project develops.

Grafton Street, Dublin

Grafton Street lights, Dublin

Last modified on Wednesday, 13 March 2024 02:33
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about travel in Ireland or about photography in Ireland.


1 comment

  • Comment Link Susan Lawi Friday, 02 September 2022 20:19 posted by Susan Lawi

    Interested in Street Photography in an around Dublin. Ok’ing mid October. Desire a private guide knowledgeable about local places.
    Not interested in sightseeing pictures but the people. What can you recommend?
    Thank you

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