In Memoriam…

This text was supposed to be about something else. Due to unexpected circumstances, however, I decided to change the subject. 

Paul Koralek, cofounder of renowned architectural practice Ahrends, Burton, Koralek Architects (ABK Architects), passed away a few days ago. 

I had a chance to meet him while working at ABK and later during his lectures here in Dublin. Very talented and genuine designer.

That is why I wanted to present here several photographs of Paul’s first project - Berkeley Library (1967),  a unique building which can be considered sculpture, designed, taking into account the smallest details. It is one of the most notable examples of the modern movement in architecture in Ireland. 

Berkeley Library was the first structure I wanted to explore, the first structure which helped me to evolve as an architectural photographer, changed my way of thinking about composition and texture of photographed materials.
Berkeley also opens my series ’Unfulfielf dreams’ which I started to work on in 2011. 

Berkeley Library celebrated its 50th birthday three years ago. Have a look please at this short video at the end of today’s post. Thank you!

Short break

In a post last week I wrote about my fast changing neighbourhood. However, this does not apply to the entire area. There are still places here that are slightly different. 

Like this across the street. Several lanes with picturesque red brick terrace houses built in 1890–1910 for dockers. 

Many of these small dwellings have changed internally over the years, but their character remains the same. And that’s the beauty of it.

Going home, a few days ago,  I realised (not for the first time) how unique this place is. Especially in the morning winter sun. 

That day was fully planned and supposed to be very intense. Still, I decided to pause… load the roll of film into the camera and get back there. 

Well, something that meant to be just a break at work turned into a short photo essay…

Towers (return)

In below post I am presenting more visual content based on material recorded a few years ago, photographs I already published on my social media channels but not in the form of the entirety. My neighbourhood, Docklands area is constantly changing. It’s like a pot of bubbling boiling soup. Now and then something fresh appears or disappears. Around four years ago a larger area started to transform significantly. After a few months, it caught my attention as visually absorbing structure began to appear.
Massive, concrete lift shafts. Theoretically standard way of erecting a tall building. This time however that was different. I’ve got an instant connotation with medieval castle towers. I made my cameras ready, loaded films and decided to wait for the right moment. Then frequent visits began…

And the last photo, which is a bit more important to me. Why is it like that? Click HERE to view my old blog post (2017)…
In fact, it was the first photo made in the area. 

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