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Welcome, I suppose you are wondering why I decided to write a blog?  Well I’ve spent the last three years with photographers block, and decided that to get my inspirational juices flowing again, I needed a challenge.  Blogging seems like the ideal way to commit myself to getting out there with my camera and documenting my progress and adventures with my followers.

I’ve loved photography as long as I can remember, but didn’t think about it seriously until about 15 years ago when I purchased my first Canon SLR and then there was no stopping me.  This will sound daft to most people; but my creative mind seemed to stagnate when I made the move to digital, I just couldn’t get on with it, as much as I still loved the concept of photography I wasn’t getting the same results from my digital as I was from film.  I gave up too quickly, every day life took over and the camera started to gather dust :-(.   My enthusiasm started to return over the last six months or so when I joined my local camera club, and now I’m back with a vengeance.  I’ve been making the effort to give digital another go (although I might cheat and go back to film now and again), but I won’t be giving up this time.

As for subject matter, well I’m leaving it open for the moment, but predominately I want to explore and capture Ireland.  I’ve lived here nearly five years now and I feel that I’ve only scratched the surface on what this beautiful country has to offer.  So any suggestions from my readers for places to visit will be gratefully received, I plan to get to them all eventually, although I can’t guarantee when 🙂

In addition to the Ireland theme, I have several projects in mind and I intend to work and develop these as I go along, so keep in touch to see where and what I am up to.   I would appreciate any constructive feedback that you wish to contribute to my posts and photographs.

To start us off I thought that I would go back to the beginning and share a couple of pictures I took a while back of Pontefract, where I grew up in Yorkshire, England.
Above is the Counting House Pub in Pontefract, reputed to be the oldest in the town.  This was derelict until the 1980’s and I remember in my younger days playing in these ruins.
This is the town market hall, which was built as a meat market in 1859.  This stone facade is the only bit that is left of the original building which was destroyed by fire.  In 1957 it was rebuilt and reopened and later in 1999 it was fully refurbished.  Today it has a great variety of stalls inside selling meat, vegetables, clothes, wool, sweets and many other items.
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5 responses »

  1. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. Looking forward to reading your posts and looking at your pics.

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  2. Good luck with the blog Claire

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  3. Claire —
    Love your blog, and I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award! Have fun with it! The rules can be found on my blog:

    http://salmonfishingqueen.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/and-the-nominee-is/

    Happy Easter!
    Barb

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