My name is Treasa Lynch and you may not have heard from me for a while (bless me blog public, it has been 2 months since last I posted).
Truth be told, I have not been taking photographs, which is Awkward when you’re considering the purchase of a 70D but….really haven’t been taking photographs.
The photograph above was taken in Howth this evening, around sunset, facing away from the sun. It’s a long exposure – I can’t remember, 3.2 seconds or some such – and the highlights are deliberately blown. We tend not to see motion; I wanted to show motion. Deliberately. So these are the boats blowing gently in the wind, bobbing gently in the water. I’m aware some people will look at this and go “doesn’t she know how to take photographs”. The truth is right now, I probably don’t. I haven’t been doing it enough, you see.
Anyway, that’s all by way of an aside. I came to Dublin 14 years ago and when I look at it in that context, it seems an awful long time. I’ve been taking photographs in Howth most of that time. It is, with the possible exception of the Pen Corner on Dame Street and Pianos Plus out in the middle of nowhere near the M50, my favourite corner in Dublin. All human life is there, sometimes. All seagull life is definitely there, all the time, generally queuing outside Beshoff’s waiting for cast offs. All seal life is there and have they got the tourist fleecing down to a fine art.
For various reasons I find myself at an amazing crossroads, facing huge changes in my life, and a lot of decisions to be made and this to some extent, has led to my not taking time out to take photographs. For a lot of this year, I have been up the walls between college, work, and Considerations. Today is really the first time I got home and thought “I’m taking the camera for a drive today”.
So I went to Howth because it was a nice-ish evening, I could have fish and chips and generally, it’s photogenic. I wonder, most times I go there, whether I’ll do anything special today. I must have 1000 photographs of the sailing boats. I must have 500 photographs of the sun setting there. I must have any number of photographs of people walking on the pier. As for the lighthouse, I’m hardly short on photographs there. I have taken slow exposures, fast exposures, fire burning on the cliffs, trawlers in, trawlers out. Sailing boats in, Sailing boats out. Pictures on film, pictures on phone, pictures on the Big Camera.
If this photograph proves anything, it proves that yes, even though you may have taken 10000 photographs of a place, there is still something different to be seen, something different to be felt. It is a photograph I will almost certainly revisit at some stage. maybe early some morning rather than late at evening, when the light is falling a different way, the sky behaves differently, the wind and waves are subtly different.