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Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

The Ha'penny Bridge is one of the iconic sights of Dublin and as such has been photographed for just about every angle possible.  Normally, I never stop for photos, but this particular day a perfect combination of atmospheric conditions resulted in a high tide, a still River Liffey and an interesting cloud pattern in the sky.  It was not so much the bridge that interested me, but the reflection of the bridge and the clouds in the River Liffey.

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Home

My last trip back to my Scottish Borders was filled with anticipation.  I was finally going to get the chance the capture the beauty of my homeland.  Growing up as a child in the Borders for 17 years you never quite get to appreciate how special and scenic your homeland is - you very much just take it for granted.  I'm now approaching my 33rd birthday, and it is only now, sitting reflecting on my past for this blog post, that I realise that I am now reaching the time where I have nearly spent as much living out of my homeland as I did living in it.  Where did that suddenly come from?  It does not seem like 16 years ago that I was packing my bags to start out on my journey, firstly to complete my education at the University of Edinburgh, but has ultimately ended up living in County Kildare in Ireland and having travelled to the east and west sides of our world.  It is this travel that has allowed me to appreciate the rolling hills, forestry and moorland of my home.

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Black and White

The two photos which form the above diptych were gathering virtual dust on my hard drive destined never to see the light of day. If it was not for a period of boredom through which I decided to tidy in my Lightroom Collections and add in the folders from mid 2012 backwards, they might have ended up staying there.

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Dublin in Black and White

It is now two decades since James Dean Bradfield was venting the Manics diatribe on high-street banks and credit policies with the song seeming more relevant than ever in these modern times.  At first glance, the bank that features in the blog post is not one the aforementioned high street banks but in todays modern post-credit crunch society where banks are subsidiaries of banks which are more than likely in some shape or form owned or part-owned by governments and tax payers alike, Ulster Bank is in fact a subsidiary of  the National Westminster Bank (or Natwest for short) which is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group which was bailed out by the UK government.

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The Titanic Experience

The Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland is a huge modern waterfront urban regeneration project centred around the site where RMS Titanic was designed and built.  Not surprisingly, the regeneration programme included the construction of Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor attraction, which is located at the head of the slipway where Titanic was constructed and launched.  The building itself looks certain to become an icon of Belfast and modern architecture. The building design reflects the maritime theme with four huge plated hull shaped structures dominating the form of the building around a central atrium.  The hulls of the building are clad in reflective aluminum emphasising the  waves and ice of the ships demise.

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The Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park, Dublin

I finished my trip to Collins Barracks in Dublin with a trip to the nearby Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park continuing the military theme of the day. As with the Barracks, the fort which was originally constructed in 1735 and was used by the British army until Irish Independence when it was taken over by the Irish Army.  It now lies unused and abandoned in the Phoenix Park.

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Dún Uí Choileáin (Collins Barracks), Dublin

Home to garrisons of British Army since the early 1700s and more recently the armies of the Irish Free State, Collins Barracks has witnessed much of Irish modern history and fittingly today houses the National Museum of Ireland Decorative Arts & History including exhibitions dedicated to military history with particular emphasis on Irish military history.

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