Pride 2018 – late is better than never…

Today I opened up this blog in a long while… Oooh boy, it’s been a while! Almost 5 months!

I have some catching up to do, and I have decided to start from the Dublin Pride Parade, held last summer (I know it’s been a while, but I did get a few good pics from that one πŸ˜‰ ).

The day was nice and bright (a bit too hot if you ask me), and the parade was as crowded as ever!

A great crowd of happy, proud people:

And of course, you can always spot the Italians! πŸ˜€

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You can always spot the Italians…

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Homeless demonstration

The housing crisis in Dublin is getting worse and worse… It even managed to unite a good chunk of the population, which rallied to protest against the insane situation that we’re living.

Th enumber of homeless people in the city is reaching astonishing levels…

Let’s pray the government finds a solution soon. For all people in the country…

Bray air display 2017

Mad day!

DART on the brink of collapse, thousands and thousands of people and air acrobatics! Last Sunday, Bray Β was this and much more…

And not only the skies were interesting: th epeople there were an interesting subject too πŸ™‚

It was a pity we missed the start, but getting there had not been easy…

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Give me something to remember

St. Patrick’s day in Dublin

What happens when you mix Dublin, St. Patrick’s day and a bunch of people from all over the world? That’s right: an Multicultural Consortium of Drinkers (MCDΒ©).

It was also the first time I left my film cameras at home since last year πŸ™‚

And, as usual, we missed the parade because we were late… We only managed to get a glimpse of it on TV 😦 … in a pub πŸ™‚ …

And for yet another year, there were no casualties in our MCD… πŸ˜€

Women’s march and US embassy

A couple of interesting events took place over the last few weeks: the Women’s march in Dublin – coinciding with similar marches all over the globe – and a evening protest outside the US embassy against the so called “Muslim Ban”.

Apparently some of the latest choices in American policy are not well regarded in Ireland…

Women’s march

 

US embassy

I shot a few rolls at both events, but a couple of pictures really struck me when I saw them:

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I’m with her

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Peace, love and solidarity

 

Back to film

Sometimes it’s good to go back. Let go of all the modern technology and return to the basics. I started shooting pictures using film (well, it was 1995…) and I have kept using film well into the first decade of 2000. I only switched to digital 7-8 years ago, but every now and then I like to back to film.Β That’s what I have mostrly been doing forΒ the past few weeks and I forgot how fun it can be πŸ™‚

Slowing down, thinking more about the composition, metering to get a good exposure, waiting for the right moment and *click*.

No spray and pray, no do-overs… Ok, some film can be quite forgiving, but you can’t get it too far off the target or you lose everything.

I have also got my hands on an old MF Zenza Bronica and I really like shooting with it πŸ™‚

Besides, I love the square format πŸ˜€

 

A sleepless night

What can you do when you wake up at 3 am and you’re hopelessly wide awake?

Realizing that getting any sleep was hopeless, I headed out into the night to get some night pics of Dublin. It was, obviously, raining :/

All in all, I can think of worse ways of starting a day. I got to the office at 6.30, but at least I got this:

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Love Dublin

Spring

Ok, ok, I know… It’s been a while since last time…

And now, apparently, Spring has finally come! Temperature is up, the sun is shining in the sky and the jacket hasn’t left the house in a few days…

Anyway, new week, new photowalk.

The group met in the city centre and left to shoot places that were used in the making of movies. Or, at least that was the initial intention… We kinda got distracted walking in Trinity College and ended up just taking advantage of the beautiful day…

We spent almost two hours just walking the grounds in Trinity, and then we decided to move towards the City Council building on the quays.

To spice things up, we decided to go through Temple Bar…

Last act was, of course, pints accompanied by a friendly chat…

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Pints in the sun