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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

Dublin Bus, Dame Street

These three photos were all taken within a stone’s throw of each other in Dublin city centre on Saturday. Click on the photos for the bigger versions, if you’d like to see them.

A Dublin Bus makes its way down Dame Street

Temple Bar

Copper Alley

Sunday Afternoon

I had my photography outing all planned on Sunday. I was going to the Masonic Lodge for a tour and I was really looking forward to seeing and trying to capture the interior of this impressive building.

Unfortunately, when we got there we found out it was all booked out for the day, with a considerable waiting list (I’m hoping to get back on Culture NIght). So there I was, camera in hand and nothing to shoot! But, thanks to the kind indulgence of my friends – and a few people I had just met – I was allowed to happily snap away in their direction for a couple of hours.

The following photos can be pretty much divided in two. The shots I took on the short walk from Molesworth Street over to The Bull & Castle on the top of Dame Street (taking in some great sand sculptures at Dublin Castle along the way), where we watched the Liverpool v Man City game and relaxed for the afternoon. All the shots I took inside the bar itself are the ones in black and white here.

This wasn’t the plan, but this was Sunday afternoon:

Birds

Paul and Maeve

Phil

Roy

Brown Thomas window

Dave

Shaz

Maeve

Vini

Roy

Nelly

Liam

Shaz

Candle

Maeve

Paul and Maeve