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Portrait of a boy

It would be fair to say that most of my photographs are of landscapes. I also take a lot of family photographs but these mostly stay out of public eye, in the private domain. However, now and again I feel the urge to share some of these photos.

For some reason this one really reminds me of Steve McCurry’s photograph of the Afghan Girl. It’s probably the powerful gaze, the direct eye contact. What do you think?SB_20130726_0014_web

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Other Worlds: Underwater Photography

The weather has been fantastic over the past few weeks; 25C +, endless blue skies, warm summer breezes, dining al fresco, and many enjoyable hours spent at the beach. I got re-aquinted with my snorkel gear, and dusted off a bargain disposable underwater camera I picked up on Ebay.

swimming underwater is really like being in another world. The silence, the tranquility, the beautiful light, and endlessly fascinating sealife. One species I recently discovered is the Comb Jellyfish; apparently the oldest form of life on earth. (See pictures three and four for photos). An amazing little creature with what looks like fluorescent lights flickering along the length of its transparent body.

Its not the easiest thing shooting underwater. Trying to look through a tiny viewfinder wearing a snorkel mask, while maintaining position is near impossible. I was constantly struggling to stay down, and a weight belt would probably help.

I know these are not the sharpest photos, (due to scratched lens and long expired film) but for me, shooting underwater is all about atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere!

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Kids enjoying the summer.

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Crabs fighting over a dead flatfish.

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Comb Jellyfish

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Comb Jellyfish and light rays.

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Kris exploring the reef with his GoPro.

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The beautiful seabed.

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Dáil sub-committee on “Global taxation” is shielding multinationals from questions about tax avoidance to hide truth about Ireland’s corporate tax regime

Ireland: One law for the rich, and one law for everyone else….

Richard Boyd Barrett TD

PBPA TD says political establishment closing ranks to protect corporate giants while ordinary citizens and the economy are beggared

In a statement today, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Finance spokesperson for People Before Profit Alliance/ULA and a member of the recently established Joint Oireachtas sub-committee on Global taxation has accused the committee of “deliberately shielding multinationals like Google, Facebook and Apple from questions about their aggressive tax avoidance strategies in an effort to hide the truth about Ireland’s corporate tax regime.”

Deputy Boyd Barrett said the decision of government, Fianna Fáil and some Independent members of the Joint committee on Finance to vote down motions that he had put down requiring the committee to bring representatives of Google, Apple and Facebook before it, represented a “disgraceful closing of ranks by Ireland’s political establishment to cover-up the truth about Ireland’s tax haven status.”

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