art, Design, Ireland, Landscapes, Leica, Photography, Uncategorized

Things: Rocks at Kilmore Quay

The rocks at the southern tip of Kilmore Quay Village are said to be 570 million years old. That kind of timespan is impossible to comprehend. They seem so permanent, yet they too are subject to the passing of time, the struggle against entropy: Just like us, but on a totally different scale.

 

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Architecture, art, Design, Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, Uncategorized

The First Faint Noise of Gently Moving Water….

This scene caught my eye on a recent visit to Dun Laoghaire: The words of James Joyce in the foreground, and in the background, right of centre,  the controversial new library.

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Architecture, art, Ireland, Landscapes, Leica, Photography, photojournalism

Poolbeg Power Station Chimney Stacks: Should They Stay or Go?

There has been some debate lately as to whether the, now closed, Poolbeg Power Station chimney stacks should be demolished.

The stacks are a landmark of Dublin city, but would resources be better spent elsewhere rather than on the structural repair and upkeep of these icons? Only a few years a go Dublin’s iconic Ballymun towers were demolished. Should all iconic buildings / architectural features be preserved? One designer suggested making a skybridge, turning the stacks into a tourist attraction similar to the London Eye or Sydney Opera House. Personally, I think they should be turned into launch towers, somewhere we can fire or catapult all the corrupt politicians into outer space – which is where many of them seem to already inhabit!

What do you think?

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This photo was taken in 2010, on another icon; a Leica M6 loaded with 17yrs out of date Kodachrome.

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Architecture, art, Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, Vernacular architecture

Architecture Without Architects: Sand Martins

Beautiful work by these amazing little birds. They are a joy to watch. Check out the excavated dust at the bottom of the picture.SB_iphone5s_20140622_0002_web

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art, Ireland, Landscapes, Photography

Mamiya 7 Test Roll #1

My Mamiya 7 camera body has been – gathering dust on the shelf – without a lens for over a year. I recently got lucky and found a 65mm lens in good condition for a reasonable price. Delighted to see no light leaks, and shutter speeds are working fine. Images are pretty much straight out of the camera with little or no photoshopping.

I love medium format film photography.

 

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art, food photography, Ireland, Photography

Strawberries

I’m really looking forward to getting some fresh Wexford strawberries: They are the best I have ever tasted. My wife used to argue that Finnish strawberries were the best, but she has finally come round to admitting the truth!

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