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Inaki Hernandez-Lasa - Architectural Photography

Updated: May 22, 2020

On Friday 29th November 2019, the meeting of Bangor & North Down Camera Club was jointly hosted with Catchlight Camera Club from Belfast. To allow for the larger than normal audience there was also a change of venue away from our club rooms, with the meeting taking place at the Fountain Centre in Bangor.

The talk was given by Inaki Hernandez-Lasa FRPS FIPF who had travelled from Limerick for the evening. Inaki is one of only seven people in Ireland who has obtained Fellowships of both the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF). His two fellowships were both obtained with panels of architectural images.

Inaki started his talk by describing his childhood growing up in Bilbao, Spain where his father was a builder, as a child he was surrounded with architectural drawings, and this has led to a life-long passion for architecture. He now lives in Limerick but still returns to Bilbao to visit his mother, and on one of these trips he decided to photograph the interior of Bilbao’s famous Guggenheim museum. The Guggenheim is an amazing and iconic building which was designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry. Inaki’s images focus on small details within the interior, and he described the process of creating a panel of these images for his FRPS submission. There were 18 iterations over a period of about 10 months before the final panel emerged.

Inaki described the painstaking detail required if a panel is to be successful at this very high level. The panel must be a personal interpretation of the subject, the images must have a cohesive style and must work together as a panel. Inaki choose to use a high-quality art paper to complement the soft pastel colours within the images, and each image was mounted on hand made double mounts.

In the latter part of the evening the audience had the opportunity to view at close quarters these two fantastic panels of images. It is fair to say that everyone found the panels truly inspirational.

Our thanks to Inaki for making the long trip from Limerick, and for sharing with us these fabulous images. If you would like to see Inaki’s work for yourself, you can visit his web site at

Next week (6th December) is the Roy Finlay Memorial Natural History competition, which is an annual event organised by Newtownards Camera Club and the Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA). This event will take place at Newtownards Model Primary School, 3 Scrabo Road, Newtownards. The images will be on display for viewing from 7:00pm with a start time of 7:30pm. For anyone interested in wildlife photography this is a must-see event which will include many superb natural history images.

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