About the Pictures – Post Comments


I like to explore the boundary between photography and painting, suggesting an emotional connection between the viewer and the subject. Often I find that by removing detail from the picture, attention can be focused on form, colour and texture. If you enjoy the pictures, I’d love to read your comments.

Also, if you you’re interested in a high resolution non-watermarked version of a picture – let me know.

Declan O’Doherty


Website: declanod.com

57 thoughts on “About the Pictures – Post Comments

    • Hi Declan,

      SoundEagle agrees with Irish Herault. You have indeed been to many places with a keen sense of appreciation for the sceneries as well as the compositions and potentialities of the subjects.

      Happy April to you! As for your question “Is It Art?”, the answer lies with the viewer, as much as beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  1. Hi, I am making a trip to Dublin in one week. I will be there a few days. My dream is to see beautiful Irish architecture that is no so public…..or well known, the forgotten beauties, in the Dublin area and on the way to Ennis in Couny Clare where my relatives live. My sister and I are staying with our cousin in Dublin. Can you recommend anything else to go see in the way of old buildings, facades, etc. I have made notes from your website for most of your photographs of lovely buildings and doors. I am from Houston, Tx and cannot wait to see it all in person.

    Best wishes,
    Anne Marie

  2. I love art and photography, and would like to get into doing digital art myself. Can you point me to any good websites, software or books that would help?


  3. Hello Declan I am a painter in Donegal who stumbled across your work and felt inspired by how you’ve used colour in your photography. Of course I know a few of your locations and it’s interesting to see them in a ‘different light’, like the bridge at Swan Park in Buncranna, so heavily embellished. Your stone wall in Suffolk is wonderful, both composition wise and the rose grey shades of the stone. Very well done.

  4. Hi – I came accross your site whist I was searching for information on stained glass at St. Aidan’s Parish Church in Bamburgh, and I have to say I find your photographs very thopught provoking and imaginative. I am very much interested in church architecture as a whole, and in particular amoungst the churchss of Northumberland. I look forward very much to viewing more of your work, which certainly gives a new dimension to some of the buildings I am fond of. I only wish I was as imaginative as yourself. Keep up the good work!

  5. Hi there,

    I was thinking of moving to Sydney Nova Scotia and was trying to get a sense of the place. Fortunately your photos helped a lot. At 52… I’m still trying to find a place that I feel comfortable and that is visually appealing. Maybe it’s Sydney? I was wondering what you thought about Sydney? I’m not sure if you live there but I’m sure that you’re familiar with it. Any feedback would be appreciated.


    Rick Carroll


  7. Hello Declan, I work for the Open University, Faculty of Arts. We would very much like to use one of you photographs in a book for our new literature course. Please get in touch and I can give you full details.

    Many thanks.

  8. Declan:

    Happened upon your site this am and….WOW, what wonderful and distinctive photos.
    In my work I see a great deal of photography and I have never been moved to post a comment before.
    Fantastic work!
    Marty Fahey

  9. Hi Declan…I was googling celtic crosses in graveyards and yours was the first hit! I am so impressed by your eye for the unexpected. In love with Nova Scotia, Scotland and Ireland after this. Cheers, Fiona from Australia

  10. Hi Declan – it’s natural to set out on the high definition, excellent camera, hyperrealistic image sort of journey and fair enough – that requires technical expertise and perseverance. Parallel to ( or following on from) this process is to emphasise/alter the other features of what you see – colour, composition, whatever. I think this makes the viewer look at the image whereas the first process does the work of seeing for the viewer which is probably why you tend to take in a photograph in about the same time as it took to click the shutter.
    Thanks again for your thoughts and images.

  11. Your ability to bridge the observable world from photography and turn it into a stunning new emotional and psychological experience with your use of color and light has literally created a New dimension to the concept of “art”. Did you know that? Well if not, now you do!
    It is nothing less than overwhelmingly inspiring! Thank you for sharing this with the world and me 🙂

  12. Dear Declan, Your work is absolutely stunning–you seem to key into a distinctive beauty in each of your subjects and turn it up to an “eleven” (or more). Contributions by artists like you are so important–many, many thanks. Denise McColgan, New York

  13. Hi, Declan. Just got back from magical Inishowen–and thank you again for your extraordinary pictures that sustain the magic that I had to leave behind…Denise, New York, New York

  14. i was looking for pictures to draw in my art classs. I found these and i was so happy, every single one of your pictures are amazing! I would love to be as talanted as you are, your an extremely creative guy. Keep doing what your doing because its so inspiring to people of every age.

  15. Hi Declan, I am also a photographer (www.jan-photo.com). Waow !!! WONDERFUL STUNNING AMAZING, it is rather rare that I see such a huge collection of amazing photography in itself and the way you edit them is fantastic. I will be going to Ireland soon, especially now after watching your photos of Ireland! I hope to see much more of your works!
    Have a great weekend
    Janet from Vienna

  16. Amazing shots Declan! I love your use of HDR and post-processing to blur the lines between reality and fiction. It’s a really powerful technique, something I’ve thought about giving a go myself. Thanks for stopping by my blog, it’s much appreciated!

  17. Your explanation fits into what I’ve been playing with lately; the boundary between photography and painting. My wife does not enjoy a few of my photos that I push too far. But I keep playing. I hope you won’t mind if I follow you, steal a few ideas from you?

  18. Your website is a treasure. I would like to ask this question to you, what do you think photography has done to painting? Can we say painting is superior to photography or vice versa?

    • Thank you Rashid! I think we are talking about two different art forms. I’m not at all sure that photography can match the craft and skill, not to mention the one-of-a-kind quality of a painting….but I am trying in my own way to make my photographic work a little closer to painting. Is it a photograph, or a painting…or somewhere in between?

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