Mill Isle, Ireland

From Mill Isle, Ireland, a tradiional monochrome photographic artist specialises in abstract realism and the interplay of light and...

Memories 2008 Ragman review of the year on PB

Memories of Two Thousand Eight ~ Ragman review of the year on PB

As we head toward the end of the year, my first in Redbubble; I thought that I would look to some images 8 in all, that held fond memories for me; and hope that they will be so memorable to you for their quality, originality and impact.


The year traditionally begins in the January sales, shopping for shoes. Bored out of my mind, my eye turned to seeking for images. I got really strange looks from the shop staff; but a display of shoes caught my attention. And a totally different type of image for me occurred.

A red leaf on a blue still swimming pool

It was our last day in Singapore, we sat by the pool resting in the Goodwood Park Hotel; and just then a leaf fell off the tree and came floating towards me. It was a memory to capture, one I could hardly resist.

Shadows from a Victorian hallway

Sydney, Australia, would hold many memories for us; but this was something else, an old Victorian shopping arcade kept the touches of over a hundred years ago. It was the view from the open cage lift that caught my eye. I had to ride up and down it about a dozen times till I got the rest of the passengers out; so I could capture this. I assure you it was worth it, don’t you agree.

Horse Island

It wasn’t actually taken this year, in fact it was taken a few years ago, and is a black and white negative; one of the last on a roll of film for me. That in itself holds memories for me; the good old days; but also for the fact it has been my most popular image on RB and on the web; with coming up to three thousand views soon. The number of comments from my friends on Redbubble has really delighted me in the interest that they take in my work.

Volcan steps shadows

Lanzarote for me is the land of light, and enlightenment, and at the end of the year I found a week to get over some blues, and I returned with some truly inspirational memories of the spirit of the place. An hotel built on the edge of a volcano; had some wonderful memories, and this image I found to be one of the best I have produced this year.

A fixed position 1

Another memory is in fact a realisation, just about understanding other peoples circumstances. It is about light and dark and for me the darkness of immobility signified by the chair in shadow and the light of mobility in the wheel. It provides a different perspective and point of view; something most important in the capturing and communicating of photographic images.

This has been captured on a mobile phone but hopefully still contributes to the complexity and simplicity of art. Mobile phones are great for capturing memories, good lenses, adequate resolution, but it still requires the art of seeing.

Fork Handles

This one captured this year on a tuition trip to our local Folk Museum in Cultra; I entered the hardware shop and on the counter were four candles. Of all the sketches performed by The Two Ronnies, my favourite sketch is ‘The Hardware Shop’, commonly called ‘Four Candles’. Here are the words and actions for that sketch:
In a hardware shop Ronnie Corbett is behind the counter, wearing a warehouse jacket. He has just finished serving a customer.
CORBETT (muttering): There you are. Mind how you go.
(Ronnie Barker enters the shop, wearing a scruffy tank-top and beanie)
BARKER: Four Candles!
CORBETT: Four Candles?
BARKER: Four Candles.
(Ronnie Corbett makes for a box, and gets out four candles. He places them on the counter)
BARKER: No, four candles!
CORBETT (confused): Well there you are, four candles!
BARKER: No, fork ‘andles! ‘Andles for forks!
Sure enough alongside were the fork handles (just out of shot).
Thanks for the memories guys!

Balligan Light

The year ended in St.Andrews Balligan, a tiny little church with choir, carols and candles at Christmas time. How better to end the year! It holds very few people and all tightly packed, but has a wonderful choir and inspirational choral services.

Yes indeed, 2008 held many memories and I’m pleased to be able to share them visually with all my friends at Redbubble

Happy New Year


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