I purchased my first camera in May 2012, around the time of my 30th birthday, and it has now become the primary way I populate this site.

I couldn’t afford a Porsche.

I’m very much a beginner in photography terms, but I’m having fun trying things out and, hopefully, learning as I go.

I’m addicted to tea and have a serious pastry fetish. Especially if those pastries are Danish.

I love listening to music.

I share many things in common with older Irish ladies, like a devotion to good cups of tea and a deep love of jumpers that, for some reason, other people don’t consider so “cool” unless I’m wearing them ironically.

I’m not wearing them ironically. I wouldn’t even know how.

My current favourite jumper is mustard in colour and features three ducks, reminsicent of the ones from Duck Hunt on the original Nintendo. It was a present. Thanks Naomi.

I come alive when I’m creating something or helping someone. I have yet to put this knowledge to fully satisfactory use. The quest for truly worthwhile living continues.

I am a peaceful person, but if I am ever to be convinced to go to war for any cause your best bet is good manners. I’m not all that moved by religion, power or money, but if you don’t just hold that door for a second I could become John Rambo. In a skinny, passive aggressive kind of way.

I love trees.

I have a dog called Rusty. He is very handsome, friendly and charming and will feature in many of my photographs.

Much like me, all Rusty wants is generous amounts of food and attention. And a beach to play on.

The thing I want to hear about most is ideas.

I have a strong interest in public health and also digital and social media platforms, particularly how they can be used (imaginatively) in a communications context.

I’m a sandwich enthusiast and innovator. All sandwich suggestions welcome.

The views expressed here are solely and wholly my own etc

  1. Like the site! I have some catching up to do… You are certainly a prolific writer (no surprise there I suppose).

  2. Alright – fess up; where are these sandwich innovations? Do they have their own blog? What a fascinating tag to add; quite surprised no one has commented on it yet.

  3. And I shall blog about how I had to walk 100 extra stairs because I had to make one πŸ™‚

  4. Thank you Conor for visiting my blog and hence tracking you back here to this wonderful place ..

  5. Hi Conor! Thanks for visiting my blog “Eyes to Heart” and liking “Nature’s Blessing …” Appreciate your feedback. … One of my favourite current sandwiches is maple butter on a fresh butter croissant. Mucho calories but nice as a special treat. Yum! … Be well, Dorothy πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Conor – thanks for visiting, have just started looking through your blog and am loving the pics. I look forward to more sandwich info!
    EJ πŸ™‚

  7. Mmmm, sandwiches: I’m hungry now! There’s a post waiting to be written about the types of sandwiches in different nations in different continents around the world! πŸ™‚

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, and liking my post about Christchurch’s Art Gallery!

  8. Hi Conor. Thank you for visiting my blog today and liking The Side of a Buck’s County Barn”. I just took a quick look at your posts as well. You have some Really cool images.

  9. Sandwich enthusiast, love it! Thanks for the Like over at my blog, best of luck and take care!

  10. Thank you for stopping by my photo blog and ‘liking’ the Tangled Up in Nature photo! You have some great photography here! May we be an inspiration to each other! Best to you!

  11. Hey thanks for the like on my blog, you have a great blog here.

  12. I’m liking the nature vs man’s decaying leftovers theme a lot…great images cheers

  13. Some very fine work here. Congratulations.

  14. What a great photograph of your niece Gianna enjoying the sea on Duncannon beach. I call this capturing memories forever.

  15. Thanks for following my blog and liking my pic.

  16. Hi I find your blog a very interesting place to spend time I have nominated you for a One Lovely Blog award, for more details please see here: http://dervishimages.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/one-lovely-blog-award/

  17. Many thanks for your interest in my blog and the follow. I am pleased to return the complement. Thank you for sharing your lovely photographs. Blessings from Lizzie Joy

  18. I have nominated you for an Inspiring blog award! All info on my blog (week 53.5) if you want to have a look!
    EJ πŸ™‚

  19. Thanks for visiting and liking my “Nearing the End” photo. I love your tall ships photos. I always try to catch a look at them from a distance when they come to Chicago.

  20. Conor, thank you for visiting my site and liking ‘A Very Long Walk’. My husband commented on how much he misses Ireland. His mother was a Cullen from Enniscorthy and emigrated to Canada after the war. Kevin still has family in Dublin and in the last 10 years has made numerous trips there. I’m going to share your photo with him.

    • Hi! Sorry for the tardy reply and thanks for sharing my photos, I hope Kevin liked them! We’re not from far from Enniscorthy at all actually, just down the road πŸ™‚

  21. Hi Conor, you have a very beautiful blog. Thank you for visiting musicologistblog and liking the Artist of the Day!

  22. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a really nice site here with great photography! I’ll be following with interest…

  23. thanks for visiting my blog, love your photos and writings too .

  24. This is a really amazing blog! I’ll definitely be checking up on it.

  25. Your site is cool, thanks for liking my work!

  26. Thanks for the “Like” Connor. I’ve enjoyed your site and will visit some more.

  27. Great photography Conor! Only just started blogging and you are the first Irishman to comment on my site! Will keep an eye on your pics. which may give me ideas for some walking trips in Ireland……

  28. Hey, thanks for “like”ing my post. I look forward to cruising around your site.

  29. Instant follow! Great work, and thanks for checking out my photos. πŸ™‚

  30. blissfulcreationsblog

    I too am addicted to chocolate and have a pastry fetish πŸ˜‰ Goodluck with your photography and thanks for visiting my blog as well!

  31. Conor – thank so much for visiting my blog today to see my post on Ireland. I have several more to come as we saw and experienced so much while there. I look forward to seeing more of your photography and agree with the comments that you should do a blog on the sandwich interest – would be great. Have a great day. David

  32. Hi Conor, thanks for the ‘likes’. Much appreciated!

  33. thanks for dropping by the blog today, Conor. and i’ll just say…i think we are all better off for your camera purchase. cheers!

  34. This is such a sympathetic “About page”. It’s really engaging. Also, there’s the triple duck jumper.

  35. I love this about page…especially “I’m not wearing them ironically. I wouldn’t even know how.”
    Thanks for checking about my blog…I’m following yours now.

  36. Hello, thanks for dropping by again and liking my post “It’s a Daffodil”. I like your About page.

  37. Thank you so much for liking my photo! I am very, very new to blogging and a novice photographer. Many are done with my phone. Yours are lovely. Keep in touch!

  38. Great “About” page. Looking forward to taking closer look around your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by mine and liking a recent post!

  39. Thanks for visiting my site! You have some great photos here, and I especially like the Peeling Paint ones, you’ve really brought some life into a poor old building! I’ll certainly be following updates with interest!

  40. Thanks very much for liking my photo again! Very much appreciated!

  41. I have a lot of fun reading you. πŸ™‚

  42. great biog conor – do a piece on the jumpers? in their non-ironic context of course : )))

  43. For someone who turned 30 in May as well, I had to say hello, plus I think you are my long lost twin after reading this very fun about page… (though my fetish tends to run with chocolate and books, though pastries…. brain freeze) I can’t wait to see more of what you take pictures of. So far, I’m very impressed. Thanks as well for stopping by my blog (Nature’s Serenity) and liking a picture.

  44. thanks for stopping by thewavewithin conor. i really enjoyed the shots of dublin – they make me nostalgic of my ten years there.

  45. Hi, I like your site site and its looks great. Its looks great because of your work
    Your like on my site http://www.inspimind.org brought me here. Firstly thank you for liking my post.
    I Wish we have good interaction and mutual exchange of interests in future.
    Good Day and Cheers !!

  46. sarahjaneprosetry

    Hysterical. And ham, spinach, Brie and apple

  47. Thanks for dropping by on my blog and liking the post πŸ™‚

  48. sarahjaneprosetry

    I’m looking forward to it.

  49. Thanks for liking several recent posts. Best to you.

  50. Hi Conor, thanks for passing by my blog, I enjoyed my visit to yours! I’m glad you went for the camera over the Porsche πŸ™‚

    • Ha! Thanks Cath. Your blog is great, glad you got back into art and photography. I completely agree with this:

      “I remembered that I am never so free as when I am behind a camera, focussed and engaged in life as I find it in that moment. It helps me to look beyond myself, and notice the details. As time goes by I feel more and more at home.”

  51. Beautiful photographes , I prefer the ones in black and white , personally. Thanks for sharing .

  52. Hi Conor! I nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’! Cheers!

  53. Conor, I like your blog so I am nominating you for a One Lovely Blog Award!
    For more details, please see here:

  54. Thanks for your support on http://aqueoussun.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/sintra-steps/

    ps: my sandwich – potato croquettes, blue cheese and sweet chilli sauce wrap!

  55. Hey Conor, I too feel an uncanny affinity with elderly Irish ladies. What’s better than good tea? I’m equally impressed with your unabashed love of jumpers. Thanks for liking my blog πŸ™‚

  56. Hey Connor, love you site, just had a look around, have you got an email I can get you at? Have a cool idea that I think you would enjoy very much. Just a small thing. Also I work part time in a coffee shop, I know how to make a good sandwich… send me an email for tips. mtonkin1909@hotmail.co.uk. Cheers!

  57. Nice to meet you Conor. Thanks for visiting my blog. πŸ™‚

  58. Good luck with your photography. Shoot what you’re passionate about and experiment is my advice. Those are sometimes competing goals, but that’s the point in keeping both in mind.

  59. Thanks for the like of my post “I am Rose”. I like your lonely goalpost photo.

  60. Written with such a positive ease that…just couldn’ t not smile! And just had to press “Like” as well. πŸ™‚

  61. Conor–I’ve been enjoying your posts–it’s fun to follow you around through your camera. I’ve nominated you for a Lovely Blogger award…though as I’m scrolling through your comments, I see that others have done so as well. Well, I nominate you again! Follow the link if you’d like to follow through:

  62. Here’s another award…. super sweet blogging award [trust me your nieces and nephew are adorably sweet] πŸ˜€

  63. Thank you for visiting my site. πŸ™‚

  64. hi conor, i so dig the idea of a skinny, passive-aggressive john rambo – that made my day πŸ˜‰
    thanks for coming along my blog!

  65. Hey Conor! Thanks for liking a recent post of mine – I’m glad to have discovered your blog! I love how you bought yourself a camera instead of a porsche … my 30th birthday is coming up in a few months and a new car’s not exactly in my budget either, so perhaps I’ll need a similar substitute!
    Cheers! πŸ™‚

  66. Your photos are beautiful and expressive! Thanks for visiting my blog and ‘liking’ my photograph…I appreciate the feedback:)

  67. Hi Conor,

    You are certainly very passionate about photography! For a self-confessed beginner who only just began in May 2012, you have taken a tremendous amount of photos, and made up for lost time.

    I would like to wish you all the best with your photographic journey or journalism!

    • Hi there,
      Thanks very much. I guess I do take a lot, but it doesn’t feel like that. I just really enjoy it. Hopefully I will keep at it and slowly, but surely, improve. Thanks for the good wishes.

  68. Hi again, Conor,

    How do you keep yourself slim (and “skinny, passive aggressive”) whilst you continue to be “addicted to chocolate and have a serious pastry fetish”? I would really love to know how you did it so that I can indulge in chocolate and pastry without putting on weight.

    Thank you.

    • Well if I had the secret to that this would be a very popular blog indeed πŸ™‚ I have always had a pretty good metabolism, so though I eat a lot I’m skinny. But… as the years went by the chocolate, pastries and various other things I love, but are no good for me, did start to result in a rather sizeable belly! I’m now on the road to wiping that out. I’m still enjoying the treats, but I’m also exercissing regularly at the moment, for the first time in a long time. So, to sum up, if you can’t or won’t eat less, at least make sure you move more πŸ™‚

      • Thank you for clarifying!

        What kind of exercises do you do and which do you find most effective?

        Perhaps you should or could start some kind of time-line photography filming yourself standing at the same spot and pose getting slimmer and fitter. It may prove to be very popular with your WordPress readers, next to actually having a slimming secret to tout and shout about.

        Now I shall have to increase my will power and to severely limit my consumption of chocolate and pastry and icecream. . . . . and to change from singing ” Food glorious food” to “Fruits glorious fruits”.

      • Ha! I’m a bit shy for that. I prefer to be behind the camera.Plus no-one wants to see photos of my body, trust me!
        And everything in moderation… including moderation πŸ™‚

      • I believe that you meant modesty. πŸ™‚

      • It is also fuuny that the word “moderation” is the concatenation of “mode” and “ration”.

        Let us ration food (in moderation of course, as you suggested), especially yummy greasy food.

  69. Absolutely stunning photography Conor, a real feast for the eyes and souls of like-minded people πŸ™‚

  70. Thanks for visiting carefreecomposition.com. I appreciate the blog love. It’s nice to meet you!

  71. Hey I just stumbled across your blog and really liked what I found. You have a beautiful eye for composition. Thanks for posting and feel free to stop by sometime. Peace x

    • Hi Harri, thanks very much. I can empathize with the quarter-life crisis feelings, though mine is more a third/mid life crisis πŸ™‚ Glad you hit play on your tape deck, life’s too short.

  72. Why thank you, Conor, it’s an honor (I didn’t really intend to have that rhyme but I kind of cool with it) to have you as a regular follower of carefreecomposition.com. I’m having a crazy busy week but hope to get some new postings up soon! By the way, I love that you love trees.

  73. I recognize so many of the places in your photos! They make me miss Ireland so!

  74. Conor Cullen – you do beautiful images and you make me laugh….

  75. I love your “about” page… and pastries and thankfully running in the woods. I’m enjoying your beautiful blog. Cheers!

  76. Love the site. It’s funny, since coming to London I’ve always thought “there’s so much here to do that I didn’t ever get in Dublin” and your site is pretty much proof of the contrary. Keep it up.

  77. Beautiful images. Very impressive.

  78. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I’m very glad you did so – because that’s how I discovered yours, to my great delight!

  79. Silentium Photography

    Your photography is very intriguing!!!

  80. Conor, you have one of the nicest WordPress.com blogs I have seen [and I’m a WordPress consultant!]. Love your beautiful Irish name and the pictures of Dublin — one of my favorite cities in the world! Say hello to the Celtic Whiskey Shop for me… πŸ˜€

  81. Great black and white images, I’m glad you found my blog so that I could find yours

  82. Love your attitude towards life.
    Great photos!

  83. Around May 2012 was when I turned 30 as well πŸ™‚
    glad that our blogging paths crossed. Look forward to seeing more posts.Cheers!

  84. Excellent way to introduce yourself

  85. I think you have a great blog with awesome photography, so I wanted to include you in my post, Very Inspiring Blog Award part two. There are so many good blogs that I had to mention some more. πŸ™‚


  86. I enjoy your photography and reading your musings. Therefore, I nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! To accept and participate, go here: http://grimmsfurrytail.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/aspire-to-inspire/

  87. How do you feel about having 666 followers? Is there a link between that and your twitter woes? I’d either try and lose a follower or get a new one, your problems will soon fade.

  88. Your photos are very artistic and beautiful.

    So is your writing πŸ˜€

  89. Thanks for the like on my post, always good to know people appreciate what I write. You have some great photos here. Keep up the good work.

  90. ciao! luvFAB blog.

  91. Hello! Nice to meet you Conor, I dig your eye. Well, not literally, but you know what I mean. Thanks for popping by my site today, don’t be a stranger! For inspiration…



  92. CC: Heads up! RT has nominated you for a “Very Inspiring Blogger” award. Instructions are included in the Rag Tree’s most recent post. Congratulations! RT

  93. I love the lighting in your photos…Great work. Keep it up !

  94. Dear friend,
    Your works are great.
    I have nominated you for the β€œBlog Of The Year 2012” award. See for the rules of that award at my post :

  95. Thanks very much for dropping in on my meanderings. Some stunning work here. Congratulations!

  96. Congratulations, Conor!

    I have nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award.

    The rules of the award are at


    Well deserved! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  97. All the best for you, your photos, your blog πŸ™‚

  98. I like your “about” info. It is nice to meet you. You have a beautiful eye for photography. Thank you for sharing.

  99. Thanks fo visiting my site! I love your pictures.

  100. I have been following your blog for a while and have nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. If you accept the award the details can be found here http://ljlenehan.com/2012/12/08/liebster-blog-award-acceptance-and-nominations/ Congratulations!

  101. I nominated you for the “Blog of the Year 2012” award. Please go to The Other Side of Ugly link at http://theothersideofugly.com/2012/12/08/its-wonderful-to-be-a-part-of-such-a-beautiful-community/ for more information. Congratulations!

  102. Hallo

    I’ve a christmas card for you! : ) You can pick it up here http://summer4soul.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/1022/
    Have a nice day

    Sweet greetings, Summer

  103. Hi Conor, I really enjoy your photography style and look forward to your posts. So I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! If you’d like to participate, details can be found here: http://kavi360.com/2012/12/14/inspiringblogaward/

  104. Hi Conor… I am another person learning photography as I go along… I am also traveling overseas for the first time next year and visiting Dublin for a few days so I am seeing what wonderful sights I will see and get to photograph when I visit… I will be back…

    • Hi Linda, that’s great. you’ll have so much fun photographing overseas! If you need or want any Dublin tips or have any questions please feel free to ask πŸ™‚ Happy Christmas.

  105. Allan Richardson

    BeannachtaΓ­ na Nollag duit, Conor, Thank you for dropping by my site. The Dublin photos made me nostalgic. After six years, I still relive, and talk about, the Friday afternoon I arrived at Dublin airport and found out how quickly the brain and reflexes adapt to driving in a new way in rush hour traffic.

  106. Hi! Thank you for checking out my blog.
    You have a pretty cool site!
    I wish you all the best, Diana.

  107. Wonderful pictures, thank you so much fro dropping by! I’m following now, I loved going through your blog and look forward to seeing more of your work :)))
    All the best, Anna

  108. Please contact me to pick up your prize. You won the Christmas Giveaway on my blog. http://adrianlupsa.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/christmas-giveaway-winner/

  109. thanks for stopping by and liking my post. You have some very nice photos on your blog. I loved getting a little glimpse of where you live through your photos. Happy New Year!

  110. Thanks for stopping by, thanks for liking my New Year’s Eve post! I am enjoying your blog – i Google’d Curracloe, and now I know where you live!

  111. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m glad you did…I’ve enjoyed looking through your work. It’s obvious you have an artistic eye and a natural flare for photography. And I love your “confession” about your love of jumpers. It made me smile. Best wishes for the new year!

  112. Loved your pics of Poolbeg. They’re stunning! Thanks for giving my blog a look.

  113. sigh irish accents πŸ™‚

  114. Conor i’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. I’ve really enjoyed following your blog and learning more about Dublin and Ireland through your beautiful photographs. For more details go to: http://mamacormier.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/im-honoured/

  115. Awesome blog and awesome pictures! WordPress is a great place for photographers, it seems. What kind of camera are you using? My guess would be a Nikon, but I’m known to guess wrong. πŸ˜€

  116. Nice blog Conor! I’m just newbie here at WordPress and I found your page, awesome! Looking forward on your works!

  117. Thanks for the “like” on my Textured Daisy shot at Kara’s Photography Board! Love reading your About me!

  118. Are you interested in joining in my photography challenge? I would love to have other photographers do it too , so we can inspire each other! Here is the link for more details: http://visionfairy.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/30-day-photography-challenge/. Please let me know and if you are, I will link back to your site whenever I post a new challenge photo!

  119. Your photos of Dublin are wonderful and have made me miss Ireland so much!!!! πŸ™‚

  120. Congratulations! I’ve nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. For more details please click on the following link … Be well, Dorothy πŸ™‚ http://shakespearesgal2.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/two-award-nominations-thank-you/

  121. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the like πŸ™‚

    Nice shoots. keep it up.

  122. My favourite “About” page to date! Thank you for the chuckle and the undeniable inspiration!

  123. Dear Conor, congratulations with your Wonderful Team Member Readership Award; as I have nominated your blog for it πŸ™‚

    More about this nomination is at:


  124. Conor,

    With pleasure, I have nominated you for Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    The rules are simple:

    1) Display the logo on your blog (it can be found on my blog).
    2) Link back to the person who nominated you.
    3) Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and link back to them.
    4) Notify bloggers of the nomination and award requirements.

    Thank you for your creative and beautiful posts.

  125. Conor, these photos are inspirational, each one is its own caption. I have put words to some of the images and posted them to my facebook page… a synergistic arrangement. Thanks for sharing your creative spirit.

  126. I haven’t seen a photo yet, but your about page is great!!! Look forward to seeing your work

  127. Lovely images of life. And beautiful blue eyes.

  128. a cuppa tea and a Danish – what more could anyone want?

  129. Wouldn’t you rather have a Vette? πŸ˜‰

  130. Time for some more photos?! Always love your view on the world.

  131. I miss your photos and “musings”

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