Grand Canal Dock – Dublin
Time to continue our photographic tour of Irish beauty in black and white. I was saying how modernity and ancient inheritance coexist around Ireland’s capital, Dublin, and if you fancy some architecture photography, or even some abstract photography, you are not going to be disappointed if you take a tour through Dublin’s most modern neighbourhood.
Location: Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, Ireland.
What to shoot: This modern and popular district hosts some of the most recent and bold buildings of Ireland. It is particularly busy during week days when the employees of high-tech multinationals such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Airbnb crowd its streets. Indeed this area has been rightfully dubbed “Silicon Docks”, a reference to the most famous Silicon Valley. By contrast it could appear even desolated on a Sunday morning, my favourite time to take pictures of its most daring buildings, as the characteristic Marker Hotel (in the picture), the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (the largest theatre in Ireland) or the Alto Vetro apartment building (awarded the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s Silver Medal for Housing).
Ideal time to shoot: All day long, but I prefer the quiet of Sunday mornings.
Gear: Wide angle lenses to standard zooms.
How to get there: The Grand Canal Dock is served by the 15a, 15b, 120, 84N, 702 and other bus services.
Coordinates: 53°20′40″N 6°14′22″W