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Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Masks in Public Places

Masks in Public Places

Masks in Public Places

Masks in Public Places

The anti-mask crowd make a lot of noise but despite them people are still protecting themselves and others by wearing masks during this pandemic.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

GAX

GAX

Cork, August 1st, 2020.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Black and White Ireland Photography Photos

No Parking for Boats

No Parking for Boats

Dingle, Co Kerry, Ireland. August 2020.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/50s
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Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Douglas Village Shopping Centre: Removal of Cars

Removal of cars from Douglas Village Shopping Centre car park
Removal of cars from Douglas Village Shopping Centre car park

Onlookers watch cars being removed from car park

I was reminded yesterday by this post on Reddit that the fire that gutted the carpark in Douglas Village Shopping Centre was on August 31st 2019. Also yesterday, the owners of the shopping centre announced that they are still on track to reopen in November.

I was in Douglas eight days after the fire and took some photos of the crane taking cars from the roof of the car park. I wonder if any of them were road worthy afterwards since the surface of the lower levels had buckled and folded with the heat of the flames. At the very least the smoke damage must have been awful.

Remember when Quinnsworth was the main tenant there and it had a huge flat car park in the 80s? These photos of Douglas in the 80s will bring back memories if you were around then.

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 21mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s
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Ireland Photography Photos

The Milky Way and Perseid Meteors

The Milky Way and Perseid Meteors

Urban light intrudes on a long exposure shot of the night sky, but it was worth it. Got three Perseid meteors and the Milky Way.

Milky Way

Milky Way

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 6400
Shutter speed 30s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos Street Urban

Diego in Town

Diego in Town

Dogs don’t need to wear masks around people, thankfully. He hates being left at home. As soon as he has an inkling that we’ll be going out he will sit by me looking directly at my face. If I’m not looking at him he starts jumping up looking for attention. He’s a small dog, but he makes his presence known!

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/800s
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Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Cork in Covid-19 Lockdown

Cork in Covid-19 Lockdown
Masks down to eat ice cream.

I barely used my camera in April. I took one photo with it and it was a test shot of my office window. My first time taking the camera out was May 9th when we had to go into town to do some shopping.

Cork in Covid-19 Lockdown
Social distancing while waiting in line for coffee.

Not many people were wearing masks then, but social distancing was happening. The city was still mostly shut down and there weren’t that many people about.

Cork in Covid-19 Lockdown
Advertising for a movie that came out 2 months before.

It was a sign of the times that an advertisement for a movie released in mid-March was still showing on a bus at the start of May. The country had ground to a halt.

Cork in Covid-19 Lockdown

Cork in Covid-19 Lockdown
You can’t sit here. Public transport was pretty empty during lockdown.

Masks become mandatory today in shops and public transport. The next phase of unlocking the economy has been put on hold. Pubs were supposed to open on August 10th but that won’t be happening.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 35mm
ISO 500
Shutter speed 1/250s
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Photography Photos Street

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Memorial

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Memorial

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Memorial

Flowers, candles and tributes to Daphne Caruana Galizia left at the foot of the Great Siege Monument, opposite the Law Courts in Valletta.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated on October 16th, 2017 when a bomb exploded in her car close to her home. She was an investigative journalist in Malta who, “revealed controversially sensitive information and allegations relating to a number of Maltese politicians and the Panama Papers scandal.” Her investigative work was continued in the Daphne Project.

Her memorial at the foot of the Great Siege Monument was being removed every night and supporters replaced it in the morning but recently that has changed and, as of January this year, it had remained intact for a month. Later, in March a court ruled that the removal of the monument violated protesters’ right to freedom of expression.

The Council of Europe report (mirror) [PDF] quoted in the picture reads:

Even after her death, there remains an appearance of government hostility towards Ms Caruana Galizia. People outraged by her assassination, who were determined to keep her memory alive and campaign for the masterminds to be brought to justice, began placing flowers, candles and written messages as an informal memorial at the symbolic site of the ‘Great Siege Monument’ opposite the court of justice. Dr Bonnici, in his capacity as minister for culture, ordered that the memorial be removed every night, and closed the monument for three months for restoration work (compare that to the 11 days it took to restore the Arc de Triomphe in Paris after it was extensively vandalised during ‘gilets jaunes’ demonstrations). One is left with the impression that the government would prefer that Ms Caruana Galizia be erased from the public memory.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 25mm
ISO 5000
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

The ATM has Legs

The ATM has Legs

Fixing the ATM in Bank of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Street.

Aperture ƒ/2.4
Camera SM-G965F
Focal length 4.3mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/160s
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Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

The Rebel Burger Co

The Rebel Burger Co

At Glow Cork last Christmas. Seems like a million years ago now!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 12800
Shutter speed 1/250s
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Black and White People Photography Photos Street Urban

Social Distancing with a Locker

This is one way to social distance

Porto, Portugal, November 2019. Long before SARS-CoV-2 hit Europe. Street photography feels like a forbidden art now that we are all at home and we’re not allowed on the streets in any numbers.

* You obviously should not walk around with a locker like this. STAY AT HOME!

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 320
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos Street Urban

The MacCurtain St Construction Site

MacCurtain St Construction Site

If you’ve driven along MacCurtain Street lately you’ll have noticed a few lanes are blocked and York Hill is completely closed. A 73-bed “micro-sleeper hotel” is going in there which I presume means rooms will be a little bigger than the capsule hotels in Japan..

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s