The Monteverdi Print.
The knock came on the door and when I opened a familiar face said,
“Dole time ya ready?”
“Be with you in a sec Ed. Just let me get me coat.”
“Ah hurry bleedin up, will ya”
Walking down Summer Hill and past the flats and kids, men standing at the corners smoking, looking. Meself and Ed were heading down to Cumberland Street to get the dole. When I left school at 18 I hadn’t a clue what to do, so the first thing I did was go on the social welfare. Everybody was on social welfare. There even was a time when the Da and all of his sons lined up to get the scratcher. Our talk along the way to the dole office about the omnipresence of God and divine intervention suddenly disappeared when we turned into North Cumberland Street and the grilled windows of the dole office. Oh, I hate this shite, I said to meself. As the men of all ages lined up to get their weekly pay out, there wasn’t much colour in the line nether; visual or orally.
“Have you been looking for any work Mr Pierce?” came out from behind the plate glass.
“Of course, Missus but no luck”
“You’ll tell us if you find work, won’t you Mr Pierce?”
“Of course I will.”
As she passed me my weekly dole money with butter vouchers, I saw 30 metres of Tri-X film. Some saw pints of Guinness in the local, some saw repayments for the VHS recorder on the never never, some saw Christmas bikes for the kids and some saw heroin.
Any money I got, I blew it on film and photographic paper. Kodak was my heroin. I couldn’t get enough of it. I used to sniff the emulsion side of the film just to see if it had a smell, and it did.
With new rolls of film, I headed down to Sheriff Street and from a short distance I could hear the kids roars...see this story and many more at this link. https://www.facebook.com/colmpierce/ #analogphotography#filmisnotdead#instaphoto#instagram#insta#photooftheday # #lensculture ure #everydayeverywhere#friendsinperson#hikaricreative#burnmyeye#life_is_street#sweetsnesday#spicollective#streetphotographer#lensculturestreets#streetphotographers#streets_storytelling#mspc#everybodystreet#ourstreets#dublin#instaireland#instadublin#irishwomen#irishwomenabroad#graffiti
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Exploring brings the most magnificent discoveries. Last week I came across these old gate posts in Moira Demesne. They intrigued me so much that I had to go and sit beside them for a while. (It must be this historian in me or my curious nature). I bet these gateposts have seen a lot. A lot of traffic. A lot of people. But more than that. They have stood there as life has changed around them. Year after year. Day after day. Season after season. How many changes have they stood before? Offering the entrance or exit to something new or different.
They inspired me as I’m thinking about the 1st February and the traditional calendar announcing Spring with the Spring equinox following soon after. A gate into a new season. The threshold to the next stage of our lives. Passing from one phase of our life to the next. Too often we think we need to ask permission before we take our next steps. But in truth, we don’t. We need to allow ourselves permission to live.
If you are waiting, sitting on an idea, looking for a sign, here is your open gate. It’s full of opportunity and possibility. It’s yours. And this gate will never be closed again.
You have done enough. You are qualified enough through your lived experience. You are ready. You are enough. You are in control.
Open gates offer us such opportunity. And we are surrounded by them.
We are into the second half of January and I will be spending February 1st reviewing my intentions and setting them for Spring. Business intentions, personal intentions, home intentions, life intentions. If you would like to join me in setting yours and bringing natural focus and opportunity to the fore of your everyday, then please let me know in the comments.
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