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The wonder of it all

Choosing the next image is easy. This is a shot that just appeared before me as I was travelling on the Narita Airport Express into Tokyo, last year. Having just landed and being in awe of the city appearing on either side of me it was this beautiful little girl who was lost in thought looking out the window in front of me which captured me. As we rushed passed, Tokyo reflected in her eyes, making me think, was this her first time in Tokyo; was she as in awe of it as I was? Or was she just bored and staring into space? I will let you decide. Me, I was in awe. Tokyo had resided in my imagination for years. Built-up images of this mega-city and its people were soon to be confronted with the actual reality of the city. I will never forget seeing  what must have been a radio tower  piercing through a cloud, its tall spire reaching up to the sky and the white cloud hovering its mid-section like an inflatable water toy. It actually frightened me a little.

I took nearly a thousand iPhone images while in Tokyo. This is one of my favourites.


The wonder of it all [Tokyo, Japan]

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Time finds a place

The sky is one of the first things that form in my recall. I question whether the sun was shining or is it my sentimental slant making it so. Perhaps. Either way, I see it vast, cloudless. Time hanging still, like dust in sunlight. Closing my eyes now, I see you. I see us. You before me, biting on your lips, moistening them. You look everywhere; everywhere except at me. That cold January day.

What is it? I asked. Why are we stopping? Your eyes came to meet mine and I sensed it immediately. Those words; those words which I had willed you to utter for so long, they were about to be come. I reached out my hand, took yours, smiled at you. Tears welled in your eyes. Your words stuttered, but with a kiss I hushed you and told you. Yes! Yes, I will, I will marry you. You lifted me, swung me around.

And now I see that sky again, enormous above us, an expanse of possibility. I hear the river running along beside us. I see you, your smiling face. Forever now, you said. Forever!

As our years passed, this scene we recounted  many times. To each other, of course. To our children too. We brought them there. Stopped them and told them, this is where your dad asked your mother to marry him. Why there? Why in this place? Time finds a place, we said, place doesn’t find a time.

Time finds a place

Time finds a place

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Little beads of dew sparkling in the sunlight

A sunny morning here in Cork yesterday. Looking out my window I saw the little beads of dew sparkling in the sunlight. It looked beautiful. I grabbed the camera, switched lense to the 55 – 200mm, and stretched out on our drive, lying on my stomach I got a few photographs.
These are straight out of the camera. For once, I made no Lightroom adjustments.
Of course, in my haste to get out (and also to get back in before neighbours saw me lying on the ground) and take the shots I forgot to change the settings on the camera. But still I think the result is nice.





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It loses weight

Close my eyes; not tight shut, but closed.
I see it.
It loses weight, deflates.
Crisp, not sharp.
This gift.

Hours like this.


Soon I can let them open,
open to see,
it has passed.




[Berlin. Intercontinental Hotel. Photographs of photographs]

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