This here is one of my most recent photos, taken only a few days ago, on the 2nd of May to be totally exact.
A beautiful sunny day in the Phoenix Park, pity I forgot it was a bank holiday though, far too many people walking in front of the camera just as I was about to hit the shutter button. It’s amazing the amount of attention you draw to yourself with a camera set up on a tripod, I think most people assume you are either
- A professional photography
- Somebody important.
As you may or may not know already, I am neither.
I love the completely random questions you get from complete strangers but my favourite reaction from people has to be their attempt to figure out what on earth you are trying to photograph. I always get lots of people standing close by and trying to look off into the general area you are pointing the camera at. Sometimes I overhear conversations usually featuring this phrase –“I don’t know either love, just looks like a load of trees to me too”
I think my all time favourite [and most common] question has to be – “So you’re a photographer” or “You’re into the photography then are you”, it must be said these questions most commonly come from old men, that will most likely be me someday.
Anyway, on to the actual photograph.
On first glance I thought I should really get a few shots of this fallen tree before the park wardens removed it. Once I got a little bit closer I realised it was actually still alive and seemed to be growing in this formation. I think it may have blown over at some point in its life but managed to stay alive somehow, it’s definitely still alive as there is plenty of new growth on it. It’s amazing how robust trees actually are, at least half of the trunk has been severed but it’s decided to carry on regardless.
So, basically if you are one of those old men in the park then yes, I am actually into photography [and not in the “Say no more, nudge nudge” Monthy Python kind of way].
Enjoy the first of many shots to appear from this beautiful day.
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