“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning & gets to bed at night, & in between does what he wants to do”
Bob Dylan (1935 to present)

Every time I’m either with my family or friends, or here, I feel like a success…

Anima?

(Pronounced: an·i·ma)

1. The inner self of an individual; the soul.

2. In Jungian psychology:
a. The unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality.
b. The feminine inner personality, as present in the unconscious of the male. It is in contrast to the animus, which represents masculine characteristics.

3. Anima \a-ni-ma\ is of Sanskrit origin, and its meaning is “infinite smallness”. Hindi name derived from writings on yoga, and also refers to a petite and especially feminine physique. In Latin, it means “spirit”.

4. The root source of many words such as animal, animalism, animalcule, animate, animation & animism.

I got my first decent digital camera circa 2003. However May 2005 was when this near obsession with the captured image really started for me, when I opened a flickr account, (is it OK to say that here?). It must be, I just did…

Presently based in County Wicklow, Ireland

I am an “Amateur” Photograoher with occasional delusions of grandeur depending on how things are going with my 7D. Shooting with Canon Digitals in my spare time since 2005. A hobby with both artistic & financial fringe benefits! My images have been exhibited both nationally & internationally & appeared on TV here in Ireland. They have also been published in numerous books newspapers & magazines. Also used in numerous not for profit & commercial promotional/marketing campaigns. My images also appear on numerous commercial, online media & not for profit organisation websites & on numerous blogs & CD covers. See my flickr site for further details. Just copy & paste the links below into your browser.

http://www.flickr.com/people/snappydessy/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/snappydessy/collec...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/snappydessy/sets/7...

Item on RTE Evening News 18.8.09…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFv8C9xpX-w&...

My images are available for purchase online via RedBubble.

amateur*
n amateur [
1 a person who takes part in a sport etc without being paid for it
2 someone who does something for the love of it and not for money

The word “amateur” comes from a French word meaning: “lover of”

Needless to say I am a lover of Photography…

Some thoughts on the subject…

This Photography thing?

Sam Beckett put it better than I ever could…

Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Sometimes though, there are those rare & precious moments when you somehow manage to find yourself in the right place at the right time in the right light, with camera in hand, & with the presence of mind to actually (almost) get it right.

Sweet Serendipity…it drives me to strive for perfection. I’ll never attain it, but it’s a singular joy trying…

Unexpected til we came & saw it
Unbelievable as soon as seen
Hit the mark despite not aiming for it
Is’nt that how things have always been?

Bertolt Brecht

I live for those rare moments…wait patiently for them.

Here are some more words I’d like to share with you for the simple reason that I love them…

If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs. And maybe your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery, isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance. Of how much you really want to do it. And you’ll do it, despite rejection in the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods. And the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.

Charles Bukowski
(1920 – 1994)

  • Age: 54
  • Joined: May 2008
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