You may have noticed that my daily posting has slackened off considerably of late, but this has not been the result of laziness on my part (well not completely), but rather because I’ve been off enjoying celebrating my 28th birthday in the lovely city of Rome.
Rome is a beautiful city with so much to see and do that even with a whole week to explore its environs, there’s still a hell of a lot that I missed out on. Whatever I did have the opportunity to visit though, I’ve dutifully tried to photograph, and I hope that you’ll enjoy this little taste of my photographic record of my voyage to Rome.
The juxtaposition of ancient Roman ruins alongside the elaborate architecture and artworks of the Renaissance is a continuous feast for the eyes, whilst the opportunity to indulge myself in my first experiences of authentic Italian food was a delight for my belly (as was evident by its increased rotundity upon my return).
All the photographs that you see are available to buy in my store, which can be visited by clicking here, or on any of the photos.
Thanks for stopping by,
Here’s a shot of one of the wonderful Dali sculptures that I came across in Barcelona, and that seem to be dotted throughout Spain at large. I’m often struck when travelling by how incomparably more interesting European public art is compared to the predictable statues of politicians and exiled writers that we Irish seem to enjoy erecting so very much.
And since I’m thinking about Dali today, I thought that I’d share one of my favourite photos ever. This is Dali’s “atomicus”. This amazing shot apparently took 28 attempts to get right, and as a result probably isn’t also going to be a cat lover’s favourite photograph. However, one can’t help but admire the bravado of Dali and the ingenuity of the photographer Philippe Halsman in nailing such a busy shot with so many elements to get just right.
The real magic of this shot for me is that it is a record of a specific moment in time back in 1948, in which 3 cats and a bucket of water were flying through the air, whilst Salvador Dali was jumping and his assistant held up a chair at the edge of the frame. This photo therefore has value as a document of a moment in time. This makes it an indexical photo that refers to a specific historical event. In modern times it’s hard to imagine anybody taking the time to create and execute such a shot instead of just designing it on a computer screen through Photoshop.
Photoshop creates iconic images that can represent a cat flying through the air, but because these images are created on a computer screen and are only a representation of an image that occurred in an artist’s mind rather than a record of an actual event in time, these are not photographs, but pieces of digital art.
So please do enjoy one of the greatest photographs ever created and ask yourself if such a photo was created in post production on an image processing programme could it ever possibly have the same impact?
At certain times of the year in Galway, when the short wet days of winter and spring begin to give way to the long wet days of summer. Rare days of sunshine do occasionally occur that allow us Galwegians to imagine what it might be like to live in a country that actually experiences a significant rise in temperatures during the summertime.
To help enjoy the precious doses of vitamin D that such glimpses of sunlight provide to the inhabitants of Galway, there appears to be three main components that allow the proper enjoyment of any spring sunshine. Firstly, a can of warm beer, or a strong cider, seems essential to any outdoor activity that takes place under direct sunlight for any significant period of time. Secondly, one must always persevere to expose as much luminescent ivory white skin to as dangerous a level of uv exposure as humanly possible, this is in order to lend an alluringly exotic aspect to your appearance, which should endure until your skin stops peeling. Thirdly, there’s little or nothing that makes an Irish man or woman feel more alive than jumping from a significant height into a bracingly cold reservoir of water placed at a much lower height.
Thankfully, all these essential elements to a pleasurable day in the sun in Galway, and a whole lot more besides converge at Blackrock diving board every summer. It’s a great place to see hordes of salmon fleshed locals perform effervescent belly flops to jeers of derision from whooping masses of people, or to perform great acrobatic feats to the hushed cheers of begrudging onlookers.
Here’s my testament to the these brave souls who queue up come rain, hail, or shine,(well probably not the first two, but definitely when it’s sunny) in order to plunge into the icy depths of the Atlantic Ocean just for kicks. I don’t envy you, though I do tip my hat to your adrenaline seeking endeavours, and say cheers for the photos.