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Perspective

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Once upon a time, I started this blog as What Is It?!? A Project in Perspective, and although the original intent of the blog has evolved and changed, the lesson continued to survive. After 365 consecutive days in a row of posting abstract macro photographs, I learned to find not only the beauty, but uniqueness, of each particular object in everyday life. Things that we might not ever notice with the naked eye, or just never pay attention to, started to jump out at me. Well, at least in the photography realm, or what my eye envisioned. Sometimes you discover the lesson years later … in my case, it truly is all about perspective, the way you choose to look at things, the types of statements you make to yourself, about yourself, about life. The same boulder that can break your back, is the same back that can break the boulder. A rock is a rock, or it can be a wall, it can be a foundation; it can be a ruin. But even in ruination one can find the beauty.

Side note: I snapped this image while driving along the Irish countryside in 2010; all over you can see boulders and rocks like these, and these ancient walls, once hand assembled such a long, long time ago, remind me of the sheer determination of the human will. Perspective.

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Wordless Wednesday | 5-21-14

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

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This is my favorite street life scene, taken in Kenmare, Ireland. This street was so interesting to explore, you can see the gentleman with the chairs and tables being set up in front of the pub, and different boutique shops and restaurants for as far as the eye can see. This is what I love about Ireland, everything is outdoor oriented, meaning people walk around, mill about on the streets, and just enjoy life. Ah, wish I was back there!

To see other interpretations of street life, check out the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

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(Two images) I love abandoned ruins, perhaps because my imagination can run wild thinking of who used to dwell here, what were they like, why did this become abandoned? This particular old stone relic sits on the roadside on a winding road in Ireland. Massive in size, it looks oh-so-cold, except for the green ivy that has decided to call this home.

To see other interpretations of abandoned, check out the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge here.

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A Word a Week Challenge: Figure

figure, noun: form or shape (two images)

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I have always been drawn to the Celtic spiral figure, particularly the beautifully engraved spiral on this very, very old grave headstone in Dublin, Ireland. The spiral figure has also found its way into most of my artwork, my favorite is creating spiral Oak trees, such as the one below.

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To see other interpretations of figure, check out Sue’s blog here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

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The beautiful detail in this very old wrought iron gate object caught my eye while in Dublin, Ireland. You don’t see many works of arts like these being made in current times (I’m sure this was handmade and not machine produced).

To see other interpretations of object, check out the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

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(Two pictures) What better place than Ireland to find juxtapositions? Between the ancient remnants of a society long gone and the modern aspects of life today, Ireland is a juxtaposition itself. The top photograph shows shows older buildings reflected in the sleek glass of a new building in modern-day Dublin. The bottom photograph a modern warehouse – in the middle of the Burren, a rocky, almost moon-like, desolate place – next to an ancient house, now used as storage, too. Then there’s the power lines, which completes this entire juxtaposition!

To see other interpretations of Juxtaposition, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge here!

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Travel Photo Mondays: Ireland

I’ve been lots of places all over the world, but I have to say Ireland is calling me back like no other country. Perhaps it’s all the beautiful hues of green, the old ruins, the happy people (and the Jameson Whiskey!). It was indeed home to some of my ancestors; I am fourth generation Irish American. These photographs are around the Ring of Kerry. Enjoy the scenery!

To see other “Travel Photo Mondays” photographs, check out Noel Marata’s blog here: http://travelphotodiscovery.com/travel-photo-mondays/

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A Word a Week Challenge: Castle

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The old castles around the Irish countryside are simply fascinating to me. I love these old relics! (Three pictures)

The top castle sits on the Cliffs of Moher.

Check out other entries for Sue’s A Word a Week Challenge here! http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/a-word-a-week-challenge-castle/.

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Black and White Photo Challenge: Upward

Looking upward in Dublin, Ireland, you can find many different architectural forms and, of course, birds. Here are two black-and-white views of upward, a very modern view and a much older view. (Two pictures)

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To see other black and white photo entries for “Upward,” check out Sonel’s page at: http://sonelcorner.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/black-and-white-weekly-photo-challenge-upward/