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June 3, 2012 / Aware of the Void

True At Last Light

JUST Pick Something

Nikon F401x  //  FUJICOLOR SUPERIA 200

Today will be a day of excess coffee consumption and cake eating. We must start to mentally prepare for the onslaught that is coming. Today my wife is going shopping so I will get to enjoy my hobby undisturbed and uninterrupted. Today we are going on a people safari.

You have to pack light for these trips. One camera, one lens and just a handful of film. Travel light – travel fast, that’s my motto. Or it would be if I had a motto. Dublin is a compact city. The big game are concentrated in pocketed areas, the trail is never hard to find. Just keep your eyes peeled and the camera locked and loaded and the fun will happen around you.

Start in the train station. Look around, observe and you will be able to predict the movements of your fellow passengers. The “suits” leave the train and are half way to the exit before the day-trippers have even figured out that the carriage doors are open. Pick your targets. The swift footed “suits” can be interesting but never overlook the bewildered faces and slow moving plod of the “Is this our stop?” brigade.

I am not so good on the hoof. I like to sit, relax and enjoy the city as it hustles and bustles around me. The camera is always ready and when I have a couple of seconds to compose a shot I take it. I prefer when on people safari to position myself in an urban hide.

A favorite blind of mine is the window of the Brick Alley cafe in Temple Bar. This part of the city is avoided by many Dubliners because it is seen as a tacky playground for tourists. This is true, but it has so much charm and personality that it is hard not to love. From the hide we have a very clear view of the menu that is mounted on the window. This is a prime location. Wave after wave of couples approach the menu to see what tasty delights are available within. During the day a lot of couples are just window shopping and trying to decide where they will go for a nice supper, but when night falls the feeding frenzy begins in earnest.

The couple will approach the hide perhaps looking for a bargain and traditional Irish food such as Coddle, Colcannon and Crubeens. One of them will peer at the menu excitedly, the hunger is upon them. The other will stare at the back of their lovers head trying to project the idea that they really don’t care, they just want to sit down and have a Guinness. If you listen closely you will now hear my shutter fire.

Eventually my wife will return and we will join the rest of the herd hunting and scavenging.

The Ballad of the Unknown Stranger

Nikon F401x  //  Kodak TRI-X 400

Intense Text

Nikon F401x  //  Kodak TRI-X 400

From Here I See Everything.

Nikon F401x  //  Fujifilm Neopan 400

If we're here, then...

Nikon F401x  //  Fujifilm Neopan 400

Double Crossing

Olympus Pen EE-3  //  KODAK ULTRA MAX 400

The City in a Bag

Olympus Pen EE-3  //  KODAK ULTRA MAX 400

Sit Still/The Man from Delmonte

Olympus Pen EE-3  //  KODAK ULTRA MAX 400

Sweet Shop

Olympus Pen EE-3  //  Fomapan 400


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  1. Chris Fitzgerald / Jun 4 2012 5:57 am

    Been waiting for another post! You had a busy day! Love the black and whites, especially, “From Here I See Everything.”

    • Aware of the Void / Jun 4 2012 7:02 am

      Thanks Chris, glad like them. That shot is my local train station and I have far to many pictures of it!

  2. David A Lockwood / Jun 5 2012 5:03 am

    Another good read and some excellent images – enjoyed.


  3. claireskane / Jun 6 2012 8:26 am

    “People Safari”. I love it. The Dart Station looks familiar but then don’t they all look the same now?

    • Aware of the Void / Jun 6 2012 9:05 am

      It is Raheny if that helps although I do have a lot of photos of different stations(not sure if that in normal). That music blog of your looks excellent.

      • claireskane / Jun 6 2012 9:34 am

        Yes! I’m from Raheny! Small World. Thanks a million. Your blog is very interesting too 🙂

      • Aware of the Void / Jun 6 2012 10:13 am

        If you see me say hello, I am generally the one with a camera and a bemused look on my face.

  4. Aware of the Void / Jun 6 2012 9:13 am


    Artistic Intent

    Take 5


  5. christian harkness / Jun 7 2012 11:10 pm

    The film, the color, the composition, the people in that first photo are just simply superb!

    • Aware of the Void / Jun 9 2012 7:23 am

      Thanks Christian, I was so close to them it was like being part of the decision of where to eat.

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