Month: July 2015

FOX NEWS

This week I visited Pat and his foxes again and took some photographs. I am reblogging my old blog post so that you can read the story again to refresh your memory ūüôā Next Friday I will share some news and pictures of this famous family.
Information about the blogging rewards in the end of the post is outdated and belongs to my original post.
Keep in touch! ūüôā Thank you for reading!

Making memories

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It is my second blog post about Patsy Gibbons and his foxes. In early April, almost 4 months ago, I went live with a blog post KINDNESS, amazed with my own boldness, and having a very little knowledge about blogging rules and ethics. Still learning.

That time Pat invited us to come again in summer when the foxes look gorgeous on the green meadow. Two weeks ago a friend of mine arranged a visit, but when he rang to confirm it Pat told him that he is in the hospital waiting for admission. They kept him in from Monday to Thursday; Pat‚Äôs brother fed the foxes, but they had to stay in their den all this time, and they also missed their bath ‚Äď a day when they all walk to the pond to get bathed. Needless to say, the foxes were upset, Pat wasn‚Äôt feeling well either, so‚Ķ

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People in the streets

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What is street photography? Almost everything! Photographing¬†street scenes, public events and human characters; landmarks and architecture, urban environment, transportation… Plus colors, patterns, shadows… Simply everything.

People walk in the streets,¬†but they also do many other things. ¬†They sell and¬†buy stuff, sometimes quite amazing, like this green cat…

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… or this hand-made jewelry. Well, the sellers can¬†be remarkable too.

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This young man is not texting. He is reading. Not good for the sales, but good for him. I took this picture because of the color arrangement: red parasol and hoodie Р blond hair and wooden kitchenware.

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More amazing stuff, and the artist himself is a character.

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Street vendors in NYC are not different from their colleagues in  the rest of the world. It is an old photograph РI wonder if anything has changed.

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People also perform in the streets.   I already posted about the street performers in Dublin. This guy was spotted in Belfast.

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That’s NYC again.

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Tall Ships festival in Waterford.

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Dublin Pride – this girl came all the way from¬†Brasil. A spectator in his underpants could¬†be from anywhere – could¬†be a time travelling gone wrong…

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This band was actually brilliant, but the streets were empty: beach party in progress.

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This guy is a reggae musician Cian Finn. I had no idea when I spotted him in Cork and asked for a photograph. Things happen ūüôā

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People use electronic devices in the streets.

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People sometimes cook in the streets.

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People are generally friendly and happy. They pose if asked nicely.

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People chat with strangers.

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Unhappy people protest, usually peacefully…

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… or use electronic devices…

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Some people stay in the streets most of their time.

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Some people¬†own terrific cars and look darn cool, like this Italian policeman.¬†In 2004, Lamborghini donated two Lamborghini Gallardo police cars to the Polizia di Stato on their 152nd anniversary. On the 31st November 2009 one of these 165,000-euro cars was badly damaged in a collision near the northern Italian town of Cremona where it was on display at a student jobs fair. It was repaired in January 2010. I took this photograph of the famous Lamborghinis in Tivoli in March 2010, and consider myself very lucky for¬†being in the right place at the right time ūüôā

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Some people own¬†bikes, like this shiny one. I was circling around it long enough to get arrested ūüôā

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Some people just wait for their bus.

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Most of people walk…

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… and cast shadows if the day is sunny.

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Most of the days are not sunny here, it is why  I am posting a sad song for you:  Johnny Cash РStreets of Laredo.

IneseMjPhotographyHave a wonderful weekend!

William Despard Hemphill, Clonmel, County Tipperary

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Clonmel is one of my favorite towns in County Tipperary – a place rich of history, and surrounded by beautiful landscapes. If you travel Ireland and are interested in photography, it is a place to visit for many reasons.

In 1840 an instruction manual in the use of the daguerreotype was offered by the Dublin Mechanical Institute and the natural Philosophy Committee of the Royal Dublin Society purchased a camera for taking daguerreotypes in the same year. Photography started its journey in Ireland.

Photography was quickly taken up by Ireland’s professional and landowning classes and the residents of Ireland’s big country houses.¬†One of Ireland‚Äôs pioneering photographers, William Despard Hemphill was a native of Clonmel

William Despard Hemphill (1816‚Äď1902) was born into a large professional middle class Church of Ireland Tipperary family in 1816. After graduating University of St Andrews,¬†he returned to Clonmel and had a successful medical practice, being doctor to both the Lunatic Asylum and the Prison.

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Dr Hemphill composed and played music, was an avid orchid grower, turned ivory ornaments and was interested in archaeology, geology, and Waterford glass. He experimented with the latest photographic techniques, won several prestigious awards, and left a vast historical photography record of the 19the century scenes and people. He won fourteen prizes in Dublin, London and Paris. His photographs were praised for excellence of composition and artistic taste.

William Despard Hemphill is best known for his book ‘Stereoscopic illustrations of Clonmel and surrounding country, including Abbeys, Castles and Scenery. With descriptive Letterpress’, which was printed in Dublin, in 1860.

Stereoscopic photography recreates the illusion of depth by utilizing the binocularity of human vision. Stereoscopic photographs, or stereographs, consist of two nearly identical photographs  Рone for the left eye, one for the right. Viewing the side-by-side images through a special lens arrangement called a stereoscope helps our brain combine the two flat images and see the illusion of depth. Stereoscopic photographs became very popular after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert received the gift of a stereoscopic viewer at the Crystal Palace exhibition in 1851.

Dr Hemphill’s ¬†“Stereoscopic Illustrations” book comprises two volumes¬†– one is¬†the¬†stereoscopic photographs themselves, the other – the descriptive text. The work is extremely rare; it was never available to the general public, and possibly only distributed¬† by Hemphill to his aristocratic friends in South Tipperary. Each known copy is unique and differs from the others. The National Library lacks all the photographs. Clonmel County Museum has two full copies containing the photographs, however, they are not on display for the general public .

Clonmel Library has a copy of the volume containing the descriptions to the photographs (no illustrations). If you ask, they will give you the book and you can read it all – 102 pages. It is printed in red & black, with the decorative red border vignettes. A sonnet written by a well-known, or anonymous author, or by William Despard Hemphill himself, opens each chapter. The volume opens with two quotes written in Greek and Latin – by Lucian and John Dryden respectively.

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I went around the town to recreate some of Dr Hemphill’s photographs. The¬†bits of information about the scenes I took from that famous¬†book.

In 1857 Dr Hemphill photographed¬†St Mary’s, Clonmel, his parish church shortly before the reconstruction and alteration works. The Western Wing was not altered and looks¬†the same today.

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This image depicts a part of the Eastern Wing that was altered during the reconstruction works and no longer exists.

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This image of the Quay is taken from a boat. Commercial barges like this one were used before the railway was built in 1854.  Some buildings along the Quay are still there, but the Manor Mills in the background have been demolished.

Quay, Thro’ The Arch Of The Bridge, Clonmel ( 1857-58)

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Scot’s Church, Anglesea St, Clonmel (1857-58) with its pretty little Ionic portico

“Clonmel, the assize town and capital of the County of Tipperary, is situated on the River Suir, which here separates the Counties of Tipperary and Waterford, and is built principally on the north side, and partly on some islands in the river, which are connected with each other and the town by bridges of considerable antiquity.” (Descriptive text by William Hemphill)

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In the street, you can see¬†a car. It is a¬†Bianconi long car. Bianconi was an Italian man who settled in Clonmel and became a Father of Public Transportation in Ireland. The headquarters of Bianconi’s Transport was in Parnell St nearby.

Otherwise the street hasn’t changed.

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Another¬†beautiful place that still exists is The Patrick’s Well and Church.

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An old lady selling some religious souvenirs used to sit at the tree every day.

This is what the Patrick Well site looks these days. No one is selling souvenirs any more, but an old man, David, is there almost every day ready to answer your every question about the site and its history.

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There are some changes inside the Church. The altar had to¬†be removed¬†because of the repeated acts of vandalism, and only the¬†base of it remained intact. David¬†showed me some¬†carvings I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise:¬†a figure of Jesus¬†with¬†the fields and¬†buildings of Jerusalem in ¬†background.

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And here are a few more pictures of Clonmel taken over the years. Different seasons, different vantage points, different moods. Lovely town that has a tiny Tourist¬†office in the Mary’s church premises,¬†because there are very little tourists. ¬†A gem that is not hidden, just overlooked.

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So, back to Dr Hemphill again. His home was demolished and a shopping center was built where a beautiful garden used to be.

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I went to the parking lot and asked random ¬†people if they knew who William Despard Hemphill is. Two elderly gentlemen knew to tell me about the Hemphills’ estate. Not that he is completely forgotten – in 2013, Clonmel¬†County Museum presented a stunning exhibition of the photographs of William Despard Hemphill –¬†Silent Exposure. It was my first experience viewing stereoscopic photographs.

I went to his parish church graveyard and found his grave. There is a beautiful Celtic cross with the inscription that says: The memory of the just is blessed.

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Thank you for walking the streets of Clonmel with me!

IneseMjPhotographyHave a wonderful weekend!

Ghosts and mysteries

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Many years ago I and my young daughter were looking for a place to rent. I was in the middle of my postgraduate studies and she was about to start her second year in the Mittelschule. After a long, fruitless search, we found that woman who gave us the keys of her late ex-husband’s apartment and asked for a very modest rent. The man died in September, and we got the keys¬†the following July. The apartment was stripped almost empty,¬†but if we really needed anything, we could ship some stuff from our own home, so I agreed and we¬†moved in.

The worst piece of furniture was an old bed. I timidly inquired  whether the old man died in there,  but was told that it happened in the next room and his bed was dumped. Needless to say, we made that room a non-living zone.

The said¬†bed didn’t look like the one in the picture,¬†but it was still very old, so I though I would use this image to create some suspense, since the story is actually scary and difficult to believe.

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That first night¬†nothing happened – or so I think. I arranged for a children’s¬†bed to¬†be delivered, and until then my daughter and I shared the old wreck. It was our second night in the place. My daughter¬†was already asleep when I switched off the light and joined her. Trying to¬†be quiet, I covered myself with a woolen spread and the same second I heard distinct heavy footsteps coming from the kitchen. I stopped¬†breathing. The footsteps walked into the room and my hair stood on end.¬†I was waiting,¬†breathless – I would fight hard to protect my daughter. The footsteps never stopped and went straight to the next room. I didn’t move. After a minute or so the footsteps made it¬†back and disappeared in the kitchen exactly the same way they came. ¬†Here is the path.

ghost pathI was listening for the door to unlock, but there was no sound. Being completely shattered I fell asleep.

The following day was a torture. I already realized that my visitor didn’t¬†belong to this world,¬†but this realization didn’t give me a clue how to stop him from coming.¬†Besides, I was not sure he wouldn’t venture to¬†our¬†bed to say hello one night. I discussed the situation with my friend, and she suggested lighting a candle in church. The candle didn’t help.

For the rest of the summer, every single night he was there shortly before midnight. I was so grateful that my daughter was always sound asleep by that time. I have never looked at him РI was not sure if he liked attention.

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But I did talk to him – after a month or so. “For God’s sake, ¬†I would tell him in a hushed voice, why are you walking here instead of resting in peace? You are a grown up man, shame on you! Don’t you know I have a 8 year old child here, and you can scare her! What are¬†you looking for here? Just let me know and I will take to your grave whatever stuff you need.”

He kept coming until his one year anniversary, and I kept giving out to him for that. Then he just stopped coming, and that was it.

Some mysteries can be explained though, like the ones in the books of Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

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These pictures were taken in the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London, England. It opened in 1990 and is situated in Baker Street, bearing the number 221 B, as per books, although it lies between numbers 237 and 241. The Georgian town house was formerly used as a boarding house from 1860 to 1936, which covers the period of 1881 to 1904 when Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson were reported to have resided there as tenants of Mrs Hudson. The museum is run by the Sherlock Holmes Society of England, a non-profit organisation. I guess they actually have some profit since the tickets are overpriced, but it is not that  I am complaining Рthe museum was a #1 item on my London list.

This is the monster from The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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A criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty

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I read all the Sherlock Holmes books when I was a young teenager. People read a lot at that time. Not that I am a hardcore Sherlock fan, but I enjoyed reading the novels way before I saw my first movie: for that, I consider myself lucky. And I did want to visit the museum because I love the idea of the monuments and museums dedicated to the fictional characters.

It is why the reviews in the Trip Adviser upset me. Especially one like this:

“I think it’s interesting if you’re a big fan and know all the stories. If you’re not (like me) you’ll learn nothing.”

For Goodness sake! Sorry you learned nothing, man.

But there was one review that ¬†I loved. A very long one, and I want to quote a part of it here, because I¬†couldn’t say it¬†better myself:

“…I’m sorry that you probably live in a world where people insist that Sherlock Holmes is not real. I invite you to live in my world instead, my friend. Because in my world, people can fall from waterfalls and 15 story buildings and live to solve crime another day. In my world empty hearses are not creepy precursors to post apocalyptic zombie films. In my world one landlord can be both Mrs. Hudson, AND Mrs. Turner, because the hell with continuity! The difference between fiction and real life is that fiction has to make sense, and when did Sherlock Holmes ever make sense? Never! If that’s not confirmation, I don’t know what is.

Anyway, they’ll try to tell you this is a “museum”, but whatever. You know that the great detective and his dear friend Doctor Watson have just stepped out on a consultation at Scotland Yard. And don’t you ever forget it.”

Bless you, young lady.

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I want to share some soundtracks to the different Sherlock Holmes movies.  Which of the soundtracks is your favorite?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes¬†(1984‚Äď1985), Granada Television, ¬†starred Jeremy Brett¬† and¬†David Burke/Edward Hardwicke. Composer Patrick Gowers.

 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1979-1986), Lenfilm, starred Vasily Livanov  and Vitaly Solomin. Composer Vladimir Dashkevich.

BBC Sherlock¬†(TV series) 2010. Starring¬† Benedict Cumberbatch¬† and Martin Freeman. Composers ¬†David Arnold and Michael Price. This is actually a cover,¬†but I think it is¬†brilliant –¬†Sherlock Medley on Violin – Taryn Harbridge

And this one is from the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movie, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Composer Hans Zimmer

The living room and all the familiar items are on display – you can sit in the chairs, put on the hats and even play the violin if you wish.

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The maid is real.

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If you don’t mind wax figures, Madame Tussauds museum is some 10 minutes walk from here.

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And you know what? There are people who still write to the famous Detective.  Blessed readers РI am sure that most of them are readers.

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So, that’s the story. Some mysteries still remain unsolved…

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The Rocky Road to Dublin by The Dubliners Рthis song was used in the Sherlock movie.

IneseMjPhotographyHave a wonderful weekend!

Like a child

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Children are my favorite people. I love to see them happy and protected,¬† but often I see them neglected and abused. ¬†They are “inconvenient”, “economically worthless”, “unwanted”. ¬†Their parents regret having them, and¬†are itching for them¬†to move out so that they can finally get some “life”. ¬†For this post I have collected a few quotes and videos related to¬†children and¬†“being like children”.

The words of Kahlil Gibran are very often quoted and discussed.

A nursing mother asked the Prophet: Speak to us on children.

This is his answer.

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

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You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,

which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,

and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies,

so He loves also the bow that is stable.

We cannot make our children in our own image and likeness.  We have to give them freedom to grow.  But there is something else in this poem, that I find very important. Our children are given to us, which means, we will have to account for them.

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Teenagers are also children, and they are entitled to our love. They do not want to listen to our words very often, but they certainly see our example. Even if people tragically make wrong decisions, any effort their parents have made is not in vain, and pays off.

‚ÄúIt’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē L.R. Knost, Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages

Every war takes countless lives of innocent children.

Janusz Korczak, a doctor and author, was a principal of a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw from 1910-th.

‚ÄúChildren are not the people of tomorrow, but are people of today. They have a right to be taken seriously, and to be treated with tenderness and respect. They should be allowed to grow into whoever they were meant to be. ‘The unknown person’ inside of them is our hope for the future.‚ÄĚ ¬†Janusz Korczak

When the institution was sent  to the Treblinka extermination camp, he refused to leave his orphans  and went to the gas chamber with them. He told the children to wear their best clothes, and take with them a favorite book or toy, as if they went for a trip.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems

The life is tough, but  it is much easier to bear the burden of life if you have good memories of your childhood, parents and grandparents.   Make these memories for your children to strengthen them at the times when they need to be strong .

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“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.”‚ÄĒ Rabindranath Tagore

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“Children see magic because they look for it.”
¬† ‚Äē Christopher Moore, writer

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The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him. –¬†Pablo Casals, musician

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“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” –¬†John F. Kennedy

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“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments ‚ÄĒ tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.” Louis Pasteur

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We all know that there is a little child in us. All our experiences and ages are preserved in us.

Act as a child when you feel it is a right time to do so. It might make the world a better place.

‚ÄúMay what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē Rainer Maria Rilke

You¬†don’t necessarily have to have your own children, it doesn’t make much difference (go¬†back to the first quote).¬†About 25% of world population are children. You may¬†be their relative or neighbor; you may be physician, senator, president,¬†baby food manufacturer, movie maker, ¬†writer,¬† teacher, farmer… Just don’t do anything that can harm them.

IneseMjPhotographyHave a wonderful day!