Head in the Clouds/I Love Lamp(posts)

I am in my sick-bed at the moment sorting out some recent photos. I came across the following images in between photos I took on a tour of a well-known building that afternoon and an exhibition opening later that night.

Only that I am going through old folders, I would never have seen them again probably and I’m not claiming that they’re anything particularly worth looking at either. Far from it, in fact.

They have just served as a timely reminder of how when you’re switched on and looking at the world in an image-framing mode it can make even the shortest and most routine walks a lot more fun. Plus I may not have noticed things like the fascinating and charming little plaque pictured below, which is placed high up on a red-brick wall on a building of no particular note, almost as forgotten as the era it laments.

I took these photos on the maybe 10-minute walk from Keogh’s Pub, off Grafton Street, (where we went after the tour) to where my car was parked on the top of Dame Street, by Christ Church Cathedral (from where I was driving to the exhibition opening in Portobello).

I was buzzing at the time from a photography point-of-view. Even between those two fairly lengthy photo-taking sessions I couldn’t put the camera away for a few minutes!

As usual, my head was mostly in the clouds on this short evening walk in Dublin City Centre, which I sort of chart in the captions below. It also seems I was quite taken with the lampposts! I’d say the 10-minute walk must have ended up taking 30 minutes at least (there are a lot more photos than the ones I’m inflicting on you below) Not that I felt it.

Having lost my photo-mojo recently, for various reasons, I need to try recapture the joy of photography that made me stop every 50 yards on a walk back to my car.

I need to get my head back in the clouds.

Looking out the window at Keogh’s Pub.

Out onto George’s Street, looking back at The Mercantile mural

Head back in the clouds!

Cutting through the alley towards Dublin Castle

Back out in the wide open at Dublin Castle

Walking by Dublin Castle and Lady Justice…

… slowly!

Dame Street

Christ Church

The plaque placed discreetly on the wall near where I parked

On arrival in Portobello

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Posted on November 24, 2012, in Architecture, Dublin, Inspiration, Photography and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.

  1. Head in the clouds….liked the caption and the blogost. Thank you.

  2. Beautiful ones! 🙂
    I hope you do get well soon.

  3. Great photos, and especially the plaque on the wall about the pubs. Hope you feel better. 🙂

  4. Hi Conor. I have to say the first image of the lamp post and the image of Dublin Castle are my favorites. Robyn

  5. Really smashing photos. I enjoyed your Gravatar profile and the description of your mustard Duck Hunt jumper (which i mentally translated to sweater vest).

    How does one pronounce Keogh’s?

  6. Hope you feel better soon. Perhaps some homemade chicken soup is the cure.

  7. Wonderful pictures, Conor! I could almost feel like I was loose around these corners, just walking and enjoying these contemplative moments!!

    Greetings from Brazil!

  8. Conor your pics are great so hope you rediscover your photographic mojo soon. We live near Palmerston Rd D6 where there are similar lamps with the shamrock which always remind me I am living in Ireland and not my native UK!

  9. As always stunning photos Conor! It’s great to see that I am not the only one looking up from street level to rooftops 🙂 There are some pretty great buildings in Dublin if only people would look up from window shop displays and see what the building is like in plain view.

  10. I often have that experience, myself, of the photo juices flowing such that I can’t stop seeing the world around me as if I am framing it for the next shot. I love that feeling – the heightened awareness of detail and light. (I also laughed out loud at your title – nice nod to a very funny movie). I hope you get well, and get back out there soon 🙂

  11. hope your feeling better soon. xx If only more people realised the sky and rooftops are lovely too and not eveything is at ground level and 8 foot above!. Love the pub sign and how true.

  12. Sometimes a break and time to reflect is just what you need to get back on track..really liked these!

  13. Great re-discovery, Conor. I kept being so hopelessly lost in Dublin that I hardly had time to enjoy it’s charm and beauty. Therefore, these photos are a terrific discovery for me, as well.

    I’m a Doyle and I found very quickly how the Pub was the information center for everything. Now whether the information was any good or not…well, that depended upon the twinkle I caught in the eyes of the patrons!

    Good health, dear man. We need more of ya!

    • Thanks so much Amy. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

      Ha! The twinkle in the eye is all important 🙂

      That’s one great thing about Dublin/Ireland in general though – people are always really willing to help/chat. One small drawback may well be providing information if not entirely sure of its accuracy!

  14. Lovely shots, particularly that plaque and the lamposts, I have a thing about old doors, we all have our cross to bear 😉 Keep your head in the clouds!

  15. Amazing what you see (really see) when you start waving a camera about. I’m still loving it. And that plaque- so true.

  16. I hope you are feeling better by now. I enjoyed the short stroll through Dublin via your photos.

  17. Interesting that you have these skyward shots when you are taking it lying down. Get well soon – the last image is stunning and the anlge follows the pub epitaph perfectly

  18. Wow the sky is just so blue! Beautiful photos!

  19. Great photos. Dublin looking good!

  20. Hope you feel better soon Conor. You lost your mojo? I don’t think so. Beautiful photos as always.

  21. Love your clouds. Thanks for visiting and the like of my post “Who Says It’s December?”

  22. Nice shots. Sounds like you are definitely hooked on photography. It’s an area worth repeated visits.

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