EUGENE LANGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

Sweet Potato Pizza

The newly launched packaging for The Sweet Potato Pizza Company.

The newly launched packaging for The Sweet Potato Pizza Company.

Food photography is always fun and rewarding and I was lucky enough to be photographing food for The Sweet Potato Pizza Company in my studio here in Dublin. Craig Grattan the owner of the business loves experimenting with food and came up with a novel recipe for using sweet potatoes in the pizza base. After much testing he came up with three variations; Parma Ham Mushroom and Rocket, Sundried Tomato Spinach and Red Onion, Chorizo, Feta Cheese and Spinach. Each one as tasty as the other. He then managed to win a spot in the Food Academy, a organisation set up by Local Enterprise Offices, Bord Bia and SuperValu, to assist artisan food producers at the early stage on their business. This assisted Craig with all the complexities of launching a food product from legal requirements to packaging design and photography. Craig’s enthusiasm is palpable - it lit up the studio when we were photographing his pizzas. He is blazing with ideas.

For the mood of the photography we used a natural daylight style with the pizza laid out on a dark slate surface. The selected props and garnishes were positioned to accommodate the design elements of the packaging. You can see the final packaging above. And next time you are in SuperValu, you can check it out for real.

A design template was used to compose and position the pizza, the garnishes and props.

A design template was used to compose and position the pizza, the garnishes and props.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of food photography do feel free to contact me.

Eugene Langan PhotographyStudio Eight, 32 North Brunswick St., Dublin 7. D07 TWX3

e-mail: langan@indigo.ie - tel: 353(0)872597907 - web: www.eugenelangan.com


Concrete and the Cliffs of Moher. A winning combination.

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After an early morning three hour drive from Dublin I spent a very windy day on the Cliffs of Moher photographing the Coach Park Reception Building for the award winning Denis Byrne Architects. The cliffs are really impressive and the visitor numbers are extraordinary. The building was designed to have a minimum visual impact on the stunning landscape. It is a wonderful example for the use of concrete using both its strength to hold back the mound, beneath which the offices dwell, and the finesse of the material giving shape and texture. Particularly clever and subtle are the lighting niches and skylights. The sharp angles of the entrances to the subterranean offices change depending on your point of view. Denis Byrne Architects won Best Building Category at the Irish Concrete Society Awards against really stiff competition. A big congratulations to them. I have photographed other award winning projects for Denis Byrne Architects over the years and they are always outstanding. A really creative team, it is always a joy to work with them.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of photography do feel free to contact me.

Eugene Langan PhotographyStudio Eight, 32 North Brunswick St., Dublin 7. D07 TWX3

e-mail: langan@indigo.ie - tel: 353(0)872597907 - web: www.eugenelangan.com


Beautiful Black & White Photography

Monochrome photography was where it all started back in the early to mid nineteenth century with Fox Talbot, Niépce, Daguerre and on up to Eastman founder of Kodak and his the Box Brownie and beyond. All using monochrome(single colour) - that could be black and white tones or sepia tones with red/brown hues or cyanotypes - with a blue hue. It caught the imagination of generations of people right across the world. The Box Brownie camera by Kodak was cheap and relatively easy to use and popularised photography to a huge degree. Black and white photography became a hugely popular medium right up to the 1970s when colour film began to take over. And still today the black and white image is still popular despite smartphones and digital imagery. There is something about going beyond colour in a portrait, for example, that allows us to examine a face more closely. We instantly see tones and textures. We can interpret character with seemingly more ease. Black and white photographs still carry great prestige. I would never argue that black & white photography is better than colour photography - it is simple different. (In fact you can see the same image on the left hand side in colour further back on my blog if you want to compare.) This is my way of introducing some black and white portraits I did recently. They were originally shot in colour and later the colour was removed to reveal these two black and white portraits.

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The photographs are the start of a series of portraits of sailors. Sailors are an interesting group for me. They wrestle with the elements constantly. Handling themselves and their boats in conditions ranging from flat calm to storm force winds. A cool head is always needed. Then you get breakages or equipment failure which need to be dealt with even if the replacement parts are not available - some sort of jury rig will have to suffice until you get safely to port. Self reliance and resilience are the traits of the best sailors. And a zen type calmness to cope with the many different events that occur on a sailing trip.

I was encouraged to convert to black and white when I saw LensCulture opening a competition for black and white photography. So here they are. Do take a moment to see the work on the LensCulture web site. I recommend it, it is a great site. And do share if you get a chance.

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If you would like to discuss any aspect of photography - black & white and colour - do feel free to contact me

Eugene Langan PhotographyStudio Eight, 32 North Brunswick St., Dublin 7. D07 TWX3

e-mail: langan@indigo.ie - tel: 353(0)872597907 - web: www.eugenelangan.com