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      Biography

      If you can believe that if you can change the way you look at things, that the things you look at change! Then you have the power…… 

      Patrick Donald

      As a photographer fore over 25 years I see myself as a modern day hunter, tracking down what I perceive to be attractive grateful aspects of the way we live that strikes a cord with the human emotional element within us all. In capturing a scene my intension is to bring a conscious awareness of the content that will tug at the very meaning of life, that spiritual private space to disappear into for a moment. We use to hunt in order to survive and that was very important in our evolution. But now that innate instinct that was developed over millions of years is evolving, as we now live in a very different privileged situation of abundant availability of food offerings and working conditions. As we have evolved through this time of change I feel it is now time that we embraced our future in a more discerning way and to take responsibility for all that we are capable of preserving and changing for the better within this finite beautiful natural world.
      “I have always been very interested in how photography can help us understand the precious world we live in, it is a responsibly as a photographer to appreciate and be grateful of our surroundings, that to me is the ultimate message and well worth sharing”

      On location

      On location in the wilder areas of Ireland can be the ultimate feeling of freedom for me as a photographer. When I look through the lens I am transported to the feeling that the chosen scene is giving back to me. My intuition of position of take and desire to optimise the view point is all part of the dance amongst the ever changing elements of the Irish weather and landscape. It roots me in the moment as I mindfully settle myself into that ever present moment where all pictures are made, and success of image taken depends upon how consciously present you are. When the heart and head are aligned…. the magic of the medium will come alive.

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      1993

      My First Photograph

      Having spent the day previous in a Library in Dublin looking with amazement through some beautiful books of Ansel Adams, I was in my car at 5 am the following day heading to Glendalough Co Wicklow.

      1994

      First Darkroom

      It was in a small bathroom in the basement of my parents house with no real ventilation, but I was grateful for it and started an excitement in me that continues to this day. Thank you sincerely Mum & Dad for your patience and love.

      1997

      First Twin Reflex

      What a wonderful film camera which still gives me great pleasure.

      2008

      Travelled Cuba

      Packed up my two favourite film cameras and plenty of film and headed to one of my favourite Caribbean Islands Cuba where I was very much welcomed. It was a true street photography experience.

      2008

      Irish Arts Review & Royal Bank of Scotland Award

      With the works that I made in Cuba I had an exhibition in the Monster Truck Gallery, won an award in the RHA Dublin and was chosen to feature this image on the front cover of The Irish Arts Review.

      2009

      First Gallery

      What started as a pop up shop for Christmas turned into a decade of selling my works to the public. Thank you sincerely to those who supported us over those great years

      2013

      Mindful Photography

      This is when I realised that photography was going to be a lifelong vocation to expressing mother nature’s voice, and in it’s expression I would present and share positive aspects of it in order to show how grateful we all can be of it.

      2014

      Travelled India

      Spent two months traveling the Northern areas of Rajasthan immersing myself in the culture and making pictures of its inhabitants. A superb experience.

      2020

      Covid Closure

      Sad to close a chapter on the Patrick Donald Gallery on Dawson St. but very grateful for the 10 years we had at the location. Currently we are online only but open to this new normal!

      2020

      Online Made Easy

      We are delighted to offer you our full collection of portfolios here on this website. We would like to work with you closely if you have any projects that may work well with our fine art photography.

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