Trinity College Library

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Projects | 12 Comments
Trinity College Library

Trinity College, founded in 1592, is the sole constituent college of the University of Dublin in Ireland. It is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland, as well as Ireland’s oldest university.

The College’s Library is the largest library in Ireland. The main chamber of the old library, the Long Room which you can see in the photographs, was built between 1712 and 1732 and houses the library’s oldest books. By the 1850’s the room needed to be expanded as the shelves were filled, and so the roof was raised to accommodate an upper gallery.

My wife Rebecca and I had planned to visit this library for a long time, but were never able to make time for it when we went to Dublin. Last week we were finally able to go and take pictures at Trinity College. I shot my Hasselblad outside and then switched to the Fuji X-Pro1 inside the library.















  1. Rebecca Lily
    6. May 2013

    Brilliant post. I love your pictures! The light there was amazing. Wish I had thought to take some close-ups of those old books in the glass cases… great idea.

    That was such a wonderful time and a very happy memory.

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  3. Richard DeZinno
    7. May 2013

    What a beautiful place. I can feel the quiet. I can smell the old wood and paper. Old books are so mysterious. They are like little time machines. When you open them, they transport you away from today.

    I like your framing and the mix of B&W and muted color. Nice work.

    Thanks, RD

  4. Johnny
    8. May 2013

    Rebecca, thank you for the wonderful time. I am happy we could finally do this.
    I am very excited to see your pictures! :)

    Thank you very much for your feedback, Richard. You are right, these books and this place have something mystical about them. The library has a wonderful mood.

  5. Ray
    23. May 2013

    Absolutely love the images you made, inside and out. The ‘blad is so badd@$$ man – love it in your hands!

  6. Johnny
    3. June 2013

    Ray, thanks very much! :)
    I cannot wait to see you shoot your Rolleiflex again.

  7. Jeffrey K. Edwards
    5. July 2013

    Wonderful images, perspective and composition!

    Curious, what lens were you using on the Fuji?

    Many thx, Jeff

  8. Johnny
    5. July 2013

    Thank you very much, Jeffrey.

    They’re all taken with the Fujinon XF-35mm F1.4 R. That’s the only lens I shoot on the X-Pro1.

  9. Jeffrey K. Edwards
    5. July 2013

    Ahh… suspected so, but wasn’t sure. Thanks for the quick follow up, much appreciated!

  10. Jorge Ledesma
    26. August 2013

    Beautiful documentary photography Johnny, one really gets a sense of being there via your imagery, I’m a fan now.

  11. Robert
    3. September 2013

    Being a lover of books (I should say addicted!) I love all about these photos. The place, the atmosphere, the history – everything is there. Maybe one day I’ll manage to visit. I’m curious to know if it’s allowed for everybody to shoot there or if you need a special permission?


  12. Johnny
    5. September 2013

    Thank you very much for your feedback, Jorge and Robert.

    You don’t need special permission to take pictures in the library. Everyone can shoot there but you’re not allowed to use a flash.

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