The Photography of Mike O'Neill ABIPP

Street Photography

Italia 14

A recent exercise I went on had me in Italy for a week. We were staying 5 minutes walk from The Leaning Tower, so it would have been rude not to take the opportunity to go and shoot it properly.

One sleepless night due to a roommate who snored like a hibernating bear, I found myself on my way to the square at around 5.30 am. The whole square was deserted except for a couple of Carabinieri in a parked car doing the overnight watch. I got to work. It took me around 30 minutes to breeze through a range of shots including a nice panoramic.

One side of the Basilica was under scaffolding so I had to try and avoid that side. All in all I was happy with what I came away with, yes it would have been nicer to have a better morning sunrise but hey ho…

Leaning Tower

Leaning Tower

Leaning Tower

Leaning Tower

Leaning Tower

Leaning Tower


End of an Era

The British base at Lashkar Gah has been handed over to Afghan control. I spent a good deal of time at the base myself during my two tours of Afghanistan. Although I think the British Public do not realise that Lashkar Gah is a large City. Its name translated means ‘Soldier’s Place’ and it dates back to the time of Alexander the Great.

It has a hustle and bustle with thousands coming and going. Glimpses of modern technology mix with the traditions of old. It is a beautiful place and is target rich for any budding street photographer.

HELMAND SECURITY SHURA

TWENTY20 CRICKET

HELMAND SECURITY SHURA

HELMAND SECURITY SHURA

TWENTY20 CRICKET

TWENTY20 CRICKET

TWENTY20 CRICKET

TWENTY20 CRICKET

TWENTY20 CRICKET

It is certainly a place that I would one day like to go back to as a civilian.

VISIT OF PERMANENT UNDER SECRETARY TO SOLDIERS AND CIVIL SERVANTS IN AFGHANISTAN