With today being Mothers Day in Ireland, I wanted to post something a little humorous.
Pictured here is a sand sculpture titled "the Irish Mammy" which featured at an exhibition of sand sculpting in Dublin castle last summer. On display were a number of interesting works including a Claddagh which was formed of two hands wrapped around an anatomically correct heart!
This was the one that made me smile most though, as its a tribute to the Irish Mammy. In Ireland, its a long running joke that Irish men are deeply connected to their mums, and that the Irish Mammy is a unique thing. Even well into their forties, the Irish Mammy will happily continue to feed her sons, do their washing and offer advice. This can sometimes be to the annoyance of Irish women many of whom think that Irish men really want a wife to take over the role that mammy provided.
This sand sculpture shows a typical older Irish woman, her head scarf, a shopping bag on one arm and a handbag over the other. Wearing her raincoat to protect against the every damp Irish weather.
Google Irish Mammies and you will find a wealth of humorous sites dedicated to the subject. One I like lists the top 100 mammyisms, including.
I suppose you think your socks are going to pick themselves up?
Sit back from the television or you’ll get square eyes.
Shut your mouth and eat your dinner.
If you fall off that wall and break your legs don't come running to me!
A picture dedicated to mums everywhere. I never referred to my own mum as Mammy, and always used the much more American Mom instead. But everyone knows what a mammy is. Happy Mothers day to all.
Thanks for looking.
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Schnappilic (9690) 2014-03-30 9:57
Good presentation of the Irish Mammy with good background. Good light, vivid colors and perfect sharpness. I like the result!
imageme (1625) 2014-03-30 10:20
Hi Noel, Nice capture of this Irish Mammy with good angle. The colourful building and the sky in the BG have given this statue a great colour contrasts. The shade tells the time of the picture taken. Best regards
pajaran (50476) 2014-03-30 11:31
Dobar tekst o danu mame sa opisom ...
Lepa fotografija za dan mame ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazana skulptura mame od peska.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
A good article on the day mom with a description ...
Beautiful pictures for Mothers Day ...
Good shot, sharpness and contrast nicely demonstrated sculptures mothers of sand.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
Romano46 (16662) 2014-03-30 11:46
una foto che probabilmente oggi non potrebbe essere ripetuta per la materia stessa della quale è composto il soggetto.
E' insolite vedere sculture di sabbia, quantomeno lontano dalle spiagge marine dove hanno la possibilità di sopravvivere per alcuni mesi prima che il vento e gli elementi atmosferici le dissolvano lentamente.
Un bravo non solo a te per la ripresa grazie ad una esposizione ed un POV molto efficace, ma anche all'autore che ha dato grande espressività al soggetto.
Ciao e buona settimana
photographer_sg (3533) 2014-03-30 11:56
from what you have written, it seems that the Irish mammy in no different from the Indian mammy :-). Your note does make interesting reading.
The sand sculpture is superbly done and your depiction with fine clarity and lovely colourful background is excellent.
Thanks for sharing and happy mothers day to you too.
ricardomattos (4398) 2014-03-30 13:13
Very well done! Beautiful shot with good colors and sharpness.
carlo62 (30559) 2014-03-30 14:02
la situazione delle mamme non è molto diversa in Italia, anche qui dicono che tutte le mamme servono i loro figli per sempre e forse è vero.
Bella questa scultura, soprattutto se si pensa che è di sabbia. Ottimo scatto il tuo, l'opera è ben presentata e di buona qualità.
Royaldevon (28409) 2014-03-30 14:19
Ha! Ha! Noel, Mammy is still the prevalent name for mum to many of the Irish people I have met! It smacks of Mrs. Brown's Boys, which I just love!
A towering sand sculpture, very well photographed with comparisons of shape, textures and colours with that lovely building.
The shadow across her gives the impression that she is rising from the ground!
Thanks for sharing this.
My warm regards,
jcpix (13404) 2014-03-30 15:25
It may not be Mothers Day here in the States, but the sentiment is expressed just the same...especially since my mom forever told me to back away from the t.v. The joke was on her though, now my eyes fit the glasses perfectly, both are rectangular!! :)
Holy moly, I thought this was an actual statue when I first opened it up, I didn't even catch the sand pile at the bottom...probably because I couldn't get past those zombie eyes. :) Yikes, that's kind of a creepy look for a mother...I'd be terrified that my mom was truly undead if she had that thousand yard stare and blank look on her face!
A meaningful dedication though, all bad jokes aside, mothers certainly deserve our appreciation. On the technical side, a super compilation of colors and contrasting textures. A lot of sharp detail in here too, a fine subject and fun one to photograph I'm sure. Now put your camera away and take my picture! :) Have a good one. Take care.
Cheers from Az.,
Subhogen (4065) 2014-03-30 19:05
A beautiful dedication on Mother's day in Ireland. We are ever so dependent on them.
This is a fine sand sculpture, showing the Irish Mammy of yesteryears. I always wonder seeing these sand statues what keeps them together.
A nice photo with good choice of POV. I like the house as a good backdrop for the statue. Superb colours and excellent clarity. Reading your note I wonder how closely Irish Mammies resemble the Indian Ma. Good presentation, thanks for sharing.
mirosu (13190) 2014-03-30 19:08
Superb photo arrangement. The sand sculpture with nice building background, a very good combination. The view up is excellent, creates a very good contrast against blue sky. The sculpture is well guarded by flags on each side.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice week.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-30 20:06
Cette statue de sable de la Mammy a été très bien réalisée. Heureusement que nos mères durent plus longtemps que ce genre de statue. Belle lumière. Salutations.
omid266 (3946) 2014-03-30 20:44
** Salam ,
Thank you for this post , for a Great Day for all peolple which is good to UN names an special day for it if there is not in its List,
Very nice captured with camera , nice text,
Also we Muslims in Iran have The Mother Day ,
Mothers are the Source of Love for humans after God,
Good Luck and Wish The Best , Health and Wealth for all Irish Mammies ,
jjcordier (75148) 2014-03-30 21:27
Bravo à ces sculpteurs de sable pour avoir réalisé cette oeuvre magnifique....et éphémère!
snunney (81817) 2014-03-31 2:41
What a lovely dedication to Mothers' Day. Picture and commentary make the perfect combination. A great capture of this sand sculpture which sits very well against the brickwork of the castle. Ideally exposed and with superb colours and sharpness.
timecapturer (47462) 2014-03-31 3:26
a wonderfully original Mother's Day tribute this. I love the delicate detailing here and the magical shadow creating depth and impact to the composition. Love your commentary here too - I miss my Mammy so much, even 20 years on from saying my last goodbye. But this shot made me smile so thanks for that.
Have a good week - B.
ourania (29387) 2014-03-31 9:42
thank you for your kind words about my comments and for finding good words and fascinating stories to write about my photos too! This photo of yours is superb for the way you approached and framed the subject but also for the graphical and atmospheric use of the shadow. I can fully understand your note, it seems that in all the countries where people love life and have financial troubles the relationship between mothers and sons is the same:) I'm joking, of course, but there might be some truth in this. The mother figure in the photo reminds me of my father's mother, a very capable and brave woman. I like very much how solid this figure comes through, in spite of the detailed background. Sharpness is superb and the colours are very lovely. The shadow adds interest and sets a sweet and melancholic mood. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
delpeoples (52905) 2014-03-31 20:21
Dia duit dear Noel
This brought a huge smile to my face, in fact I thought my mammy-in-law ("aka the Pocket Dynamo") had escaped from the Boonies and had become some sand sculptor's muse. She's a dead ringer! Jeez you're right about Irish boys and their mammies, what's that all about? I thought Italian boys and their mums were phenomena, until I saw Paddy Mammas in action. Freud would be rubbing his hands together in glee :)
And their words of wisdom crack me up. When describing Le Pet's black eye "He was talking when he should've been listening", on baby-sitting any of her 36 grandkids, "too much laughter ends in tears". Jeez there should be a book written and I nominate you to do it!
On a more serious note, as I said before, I was thinking of you on Mammy's Day and will light a candle for your lovely mamma this week. She must be so proud of you.
We don't celebrate Mother's Day here until May, but I'll convey the message to Herself. Your note made me think of all the names I call my mum: The Mamma, The Mamma Figure, Ma Kettle, Mamma Rosa, or my personal favourite, O'Mamma Bin Laden. She finally gets out of hospital this week, so we've really got something to celebrate.
Anyway, thanks for your dedication, it definitely put a smile on my face.
mkamionka (30072) 2014-04-01 6:01
very funny indeed. It is an interesting idea to place the sand sculpture in front of a lovely architecture. Never seen it before like that.
We have Mothers Day in UK as well but America or Poland has it on another day which causes some confusion among my friends moving from one country to another.
Very well done!
photoray (11437) 2014-04-01 17:56
Interesting tradition, and hopefully this artistic sand sculpture can be saved?
The details especially the face are excellent.
Being raised by an Irish heritage Mum and GrandMum, I got a kick out of your traditional sayings, especially the one: ......, don't come running to me".
I would like to add my Mum's philosophy which she practiced: "You want something to cry about? I'll give you something to cry about".
Thanks for sharing,
fabbs99 (16151) 2014-04-01 21:04
Great view of the Irish Mammy.Excellent POV and perspective, beautiful colors and light, good sharpness.I love the simplicity of your composition.Excellent composition, good presentation too. Very well done, TFS.
krzychu30 (15442) 2014-04-02 0:59
I think Mummies all around a world are something special.
And this is really a great way to honour them and to commemorate this special day.
Interesting sculpture and I like the shadow here,which certainly contributes to more expressive graphical impact of the scene.
Another thing I like is your well applied close-up and color scheme of the image.
Have a nice day
abmdsudi (41984) 2014-04-02 16:25
Enjoyed the write-up always fascinating learning and this picture is just one example of your photographic approach of viewing such artistic work on beautiful sunny day. Good perspective, like the detail of the building with the sandy sculpture in front providing a more pleasing relationship between them in fabulous details and colours. There is a nice contrast here to blue sky with the flags add interest and balance to the shot. A cracking capture full of impact and the treatment works very well. A graceful shot! Congrats.
RhodieIke (11542) 2014-04-03 12:10
I like your Irish Mammy, the light is catching her in the right place highlighting the face and upper body.
Good Pov, well managed, and thanks for making me smile.
jhm (137622) 2014-04-04 5:41
The eyes are superb and penetrating made
Your picture is very nice made in high quality.
Nice facades in background too.
An excellent composition, a lovely presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
macjake (54930) 2014-04-04 8:14
Mothers day in Ireland eh? Cool....be good to your Mom!
Another fun post to view and to read.
What is it about women and mother in laws anyways????????????? They seem to be at war all the time, and often its a secretive quiet war, doing things to each other behind the other persons back lol
us men get along just fine.....whats the problem lol
oh i could go on and on but i've probably said too much already :)
Sonata11 (33223) 2014-04-04 20:52
lovely composition of architecture and The Irish Mammy with beautiful execution, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done.
All the best and have a great weekend, Barbara
mesutilgim (82284) 2014-04-05 8:22
Hello dear Noel,
It would be just great if the triangle shadow at left corner wasn't there.
But still perfect TE entry. Have seen many sand sculptures yet but never such a high standing one.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job. TFS and have a great weekend
tyro (19766) 2014-04-05 10:19
Sorry to be a bit late in critiquing this one, but it was a great tribute to Mothers' Day! An interesting note - and even more interesting to hear that you didn't call your mother "Mammy" but used the American word "Mom". I suppose when I was a child we were less influenced by America than we are now and my mother was always just "Mum" to me!
A fine image of this wonderful sand sculpture - this actually looks almost life-size - and you have captured it in the most lovely light which, coming from the side, brings out all the details, particularly in her facial expression. A kindly, knowing and understanding expression it is too, yet also an expression which tells that she is certainly not to be trifled with!
A fine upload for TE with a picture beautifully clear and sharp and with lovely light and colours.
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (22773)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-30 9:44