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27 March 2013 @ 06:00 am
Kitsnaps: Cobh, Ireland  

Cobh, Ireland
Cobh, Ireland
This was taken from on top of the Commodore Hotel in Cobh, looking back over the town.

Really, my favorite thing about this picture is that my high school photography teacher, Pat Dixon (whose website features his own version of the exact same photo), was in Ireland and we got to go out taking pictures together, nigh unto twenty years after I’d first been his student. He was possibly my favorite teacher, and one of the shapers of my life. He’s the one who gave me ILLUSIONS to read when I was sixteen and having a particularly bad day (I’d lost a ring that had been a gift from someone I loved, and something else–either Lt Tasha Yar or Catherine Chandler had died, and whichever one it was, despite knowing it was silly to be upset over the death of a fictional character, well, it was a bad day.). Dixon told me to open the book and start reading wherever I opened it, and that I could go back and start from the beginning after that. This is the quote I opened to:

“Perspective—use it or lose it. If you turned to this page, you’re forgetting that what is going on around you is not reality. Think about that.”

It seemed so amazingly apropos that I’ve never forgotten it. I mean, okay, yes, I was sixteen and dramatic, but still, I love that quote, and it’s one of the many thigns I love Dixon for, too. He also taught us (protesting mightily that he had done this long before Dead Poet’s Society) to get up on a desk or under a chair to get a different perspective on the world as photographers. It was to the photo lab I retreated on the incredibly rare occasions I cut class (not easy to do when your dad’s a teacher!), and there are songs that to this day make me think of the scent and color of the darkroom (vice versa, too: those scents and colors bring particular music to mind.). In fact, the only song at the Aerosmith concert a few years ago that I wished they’d performed was Janie’s Got A Gun, for just that reason.

So anyway, I like this picture, but for reasons that go far beyond its actual worth. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
saare_snowqueensaare_snowqueen on March 27th, 2013 07:31 am (UTC)
A lovely picture. Clearly he was an excellent teacher. I love the sea and towns by the sea. Most of my adult life has been spent in places like that or near to: Crete, Helsinki, and now my island of Saaremaa. Truly lovely.

By-the-by: on Twitter, you know me as MeSaare
kitmizkit on March 28th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
I would love to visit all of those places. <3 And hello! :)
Alix (Tersa): Toast--face close-up (tersa)tersa on March 27th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of transfixed by the color in that photo. The row houses are so vivid, but then I realize they're in shadow and imagine how much brighter they would be in the sun, but then wonder if they'd be as interesting if they were all fully illuminated and that swath of shadow didn't lay across the objects, contrasting with the stark white of the structure on the right, and then my brain fell out because I usually don't analyze photos this much argh. :)

kitmizkit on March 28th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
Hee! Sometime I'll go back and take the same picture at sunrise instead of sunset, and you can see what you think. :)
Alix (Tersa): Toast--face close-up (tersa)tersa on March 28th, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
No rush. :)
Liralen Liliralen on March 27th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
I love the reasons for its worth. AND it's beautiful.
kitmizkit on March 28th, 2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you. <3 :)
katedonovan: Timelesskatedonovan on March 28th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. We recently saw a movie that featured Aidan Quinn and Conar McPherson and was set in Cobh. it was so breathtaking, we're actually planning a trip because of it. They should have called that movie "how to fall in love with Ireland" except it had some gruesome scares, so maybe not.
Love the picture.