Work Reflection: In Suspense
This photograph is a commentary on a pause I took while walking around Dún Laoghaire, looking for photographic scenes to illustrate one of my monthly chapbooks. That’s when I happened upon an art installation hung on the fence of the Lexicon library. Some of the pandemic restrictions were still in force on that bright, June day 2021. The library itself had been closed so there was no one to ask about the scene. I learned later that it was coordinated / curated by artist Trudy Feighery of Tru Tru in conjunction with students from Newpark School.
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Work Trillium Converging: Perfume in Infrared
April 2020 (and again in 2021 and 2022): Each night, for the last week, the heady fragrance of trillium has wafted up to the bedroom. Up some five metres comes the perfume from the eight flowerheads. I’m not a chemist but I do wonder about the concentration levels of the compounds that transmit olfactory pleasure over such a distance. I think these things walking in the park when socially distant hair shampoo and personal perfumes waft over me.
Wake robin is another common name for the three petalled trillium. Watch out if buying one, some smell of decay after death rather than shampoo after shower.
I thought it might look more dramatic in infrared and I had the means to check. The glow of its noonday heat give this small plant the gravitas it deserves.
Work Pier Walkers
I originally titled this picture Pier Today (see my post Authority or Opinion) but I didn’t explain the picture. I later changed the title to the more descriptive Pier Walkers because I lost confidence in my original punning title (Pier Today, gone tomorrow).
It was at about 2 on a chilly January afternoon that I saw the shot. The sun was bejewelling the pier along which myriad brown coated dog walkers chatted and drank coffee. I could see the pedestrian traffic lights alternating green and red incongruously beneath parked cars. I had a camera with a 150-600 mm lens over my shoulder with which to compress the 500 m pier vista into something vaguely surreal.
I was thinking of Revival when I happened upon a scene that I thought could be a candidate. I had seen the potential for a nice sunset and took a camera for a walk to the elevated viewpoint beside the Obelisk. I met another photographer en route who had the same thought. We chatted and once at the top, we watched and snapped as the setting of the sun was rendered dark and moody by banks of cloud that formed over Dublin. And then came sunbeams.
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