Joyce and the Spire

James Joyce, forever forced to look upon the Spire on O’Connell Street Dublin. Here’s a humorous look at the names of the statues and monuments in Dublin. I had heard that the Spire was nicknamed the “Stiletto in the Ghetto”, but I hadn’t heard it called, “North Pole”!

Overhead wires destroy urban photography and this is no exception. I could have tried to clone it out but it’s notoriously difficult to clone out objects against a varying sky. Ah well.

I like this: self-portrait with 6×9 ultrawide pinhole camera




  1. Reply
    micki August 18, 2006

    Still a great shot with the sun on the Spire like that. Nice work!

  2. Reply
    Matty August 19, 2006

    Just out of interest, why do you think the overhead wires destroy the shot? (IMO I don’t think they do at all!)

  3. Reply
    Donncha August 19, 2006

    Thanks for commenting! Maybe I was a bit over the top describing the wire like that but overhead wires are the bane of a photographer’s life. I took a nice shot in Cobh on Sunday of the Cathedral there with a small dinghy in the foreground.. and a wire crossing the top third section of the photo! Grrr! Got another few shots without said wire and I was happy again! 🙂

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    Matty August 19, 2006

    Donncha. I love the bloody things. Swallows sit on them!

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    photogenic August 21, 2006

    great photo. thanks for dropping by.

  6. Reply
    Dave Davis November 14, 2007

    Fantastic shot Donncha!

    Took me about 40 seconds to actually notice Joyce’s face.I thought you were referring to a “day out” with someone called Joyce when you shot it!

    Dublin suits you, you should take more photos up here 😉

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