This is a photo of The Linesman, a sculpture by Dony McManus created in 1999. It stands on the City Dock along the River Liffey and is a tribute to the men who worked on the docks, which were once a thriving part of daily life in Dublin. It had been nearly 20 years since I had properly visited Dublin. That was in my backpacking days, where getting a cup of coffee was like finding the Holy Grail. During the time that has passed, I was delighted, but also a little bit saddened, to see that Dublin has become one of the great cities of the world, and that elusive Grande Caffé Latte is now available on almost every street corner.
When I see Noel's photos of Ireland, he often questions this "progress" that Ireland has undergone since the Celtic Tiger. Yes, Ireland has advanced in leaps and bounds, but at what cost? And are we happier as a result?
There's a song by Eleanor McEvoy in which she sings about this very phenomenon: The Fields of Dublin 4
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rbassin (17295) 2013-12-08 4:13
Une belle photo de Dublin, j'aime bien la sculpture dans ce premier plan, les feuilles mortes créent un tapis de couleurs fort agréables.
snunney (81817) 2013-12-08 4:16
I like how you have framed this very interesting statue setting it in context. Also, the lighting and the presence of the dead leaves, which add some nice splashes of colour and seem very appropriate in the circumstances you have described. What price progress and do we necessarily always want it?
I was sorry to hear about your mum and hope that she is well on her way to recovery.
lousat (74993) 2013-12-08 4:20
Ciao Lisa,inquadratura perfetta per mostrarci il meglio della scutura e dello scenario in cui è collocata,lo sfondo risente un po' della distorsione della lente,ottimi dettagli e colori tipici della stagione.Buona serata,Luciano
ChrisJ (95826) 2013-12-08 4:35
The boy on the bollard would be an alternate title and the rope adds a good lead in lıne to the river. I like the warm cold color contrast between the yellow red Autumn leaves and the the blue green water and blue sky at right. Good backlight and sharpness. Tfs!
Romano46 (16662) 2013-12-08 5:22
in questa foto c'è tutta la tua classe per il punto di ripresa che hai scelto che ha il pregio di rendere viva la statua facendola sembrare quasi umana.
Una statua che, pur dominando la scena, lascia spazio al paesaggio circostante nel quale la stessa appare molto bene integrata.
Colori e nitidezza impoeccabili, come tuo solito.
Un abbraccio e l'augurio di una buona settimana
SnapRJW (30685) 2013-12-08 5:26
Oh I'm so pleased to see this Lisa. I took several shots of this sculpture... each one a flop! I like this one with the autumn leaves clustered around the figure, it links in with your note very well and with the light falling across the far bank of the river. Apart from the wonderful dynamism in the figure, I thought this sculpture was a wonderful reminder of the previous incarnation of Dublin's river-life. Top shot dear friend! Warm regards Rosemary
Sergiom (57783) 2013-12-08 5:27
The statue is very original. Looks reel with all those leaves around him. Kind of early in september. Dublin is superb in the background.
Sorry for your grand ma.
Have a nice day
ciakgiak (30409) 2013-12-08 5:37
una scultura molto bella perfettamente inquadrata e composta.
Ottima come sempre la qualità.
Un caro saluto
Noel_Byrne (22773) 2013-12-08 6:07
Hi dear Lisa,
I love this statue, and I love this shot. Similar to Rosemary, I have taken a number of photos of this in my times, and none have ever looked right, so I tip my bonnet to this fine result. I love that you perfectly included the customs house in the background too and the soft golden light.
The leaves are so suitable for this, especially with your poetic note. Perhaps the leaves are the last dying drops of indivuality falling from the city, as it becomes a global copy of every other city in the world. I laughed when you mentioned coffee, I was in Dublin not more than three weeks ago meeting friends for wheat juice :) and while I was waiting for them, I thought I'd grab a coffee. So into Starbucks on D'olier street I went. The queue was really long, so I walked on and lo and behold, there is another one facing it on the other side of the street (in the old Bewleys). The queue there was too long too, so I decided to walk onto College green. The queue in Starbucks there was too long, so I ended up in Costa Coffee next door. As I sipped my eighteen liter cup of Americano (it came with two handles, so that shows how big it was) it occurred to me that in a 4 minute space of walking, I had passed three Starbucks! I know American comedy shows sometimes make a joke of that in US cities, but Holy God its mad!
You know when they ask your name in Starbucks to write it on the cup? I like to say Bartholomew, or perhaps Proinseas, or occasionally Ruddiger :) Sorry, I'm very childish at times......
The light in your shot here is most beautiful too, glancing off the side of the IFSC, no doubt illuminating the bankers inside, and its brought the gold effect out in the Irish life centre beautifully, this was always one of my favorite modern buildings in Dublin as I grew up.
A really lovely shot Lisa, a beauty to enjoy, and a great lesson in photography. No I know what angle to try next time I'm here!!
Thanks as always, and best wishes from the Emerald Isle.
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat
Highmountains (2255) 2013-12-08 6:44
I am sure, Lisa, that this photograph is much more than the fascinating sculpture of the Linesman.
Though, the Linesman happens to be the central subject of the photograph, more so by being of the foreground, I am sure most viewers would be attracted by the wonderfully contrasted architecture across the river.
I have seen photographs of those buildings as the main subject, but here, the perspective is different and placed behind the Linesman, gives a different dimension. Wonderfully composed, Lisa.
I am particularly impressed by the clarity and sharpness of the modern building with the glass facade,
and the shine and polish of the Linesman and the beautifully captured patch of reddish brown leaves.
I would have thought that the railings would be a hindrance, but here you have taken good advantage of it.
The light has been excellent and here the colour and shimmer of the river is inspiring.
Thanks for sharing, LIsa.
ikeharel (55282) 2013-12-08 7:21
Nice to post this statue on the waterfront, where boats moored until sometimes ago along.
Picture show the river and town houses of the other side in good clarity and depth.
There is a slight lens distortion - I'd kneel to take such photo from pavement level, just my humble opinion.
Have a nice new week,
photoray (11437) 2013-12-08 7:48
Howdy Cogitator Lisa,
The "good old days" are at least half right.
Intriguing scene for the statue commemorating Dublin's hard working past with the modern skyline, and the classical domed government building on the left.
Personally, I like it when the new construction blends with the old and preserves both. Unfortunately we too often demolish our heritage to create new.
dta (64982) 2013-12-08 9:10
Ciao Lisa ,
This is a very interesting sculpture . Very well captured with the buildings in the BG . The golden leaves provide a superb contrast to the dark statue .
cornejo (30067) 2013-12-08 10:58
Hello dear Lisa, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting composition, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very interesting note too. Very nice and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good day and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
sabermonajati (9177) 2013-12-08 11:06
another frame from statue with really space.
tyro (19766) 2013-12-08 14:06
Ciao cara Lisa,
A most interesting note and also a fine photograph both of which I just knew that Noel would really appreciate!
Although we might discuss the pros and cons of the new upload size limits for TE, this is certainly a photograph which benefits from being viewed at its larger size of 1200 pixels wide. At its smaller size, the features of the linesman certainly do look a tad dark, but at the larger size, all features are clearly visible and he "comes to life".
Your composition is excellent and I can fully understand from both Noel's and Rosemary's comments that this must be a very difficult subject to shoot. You have done very well in that regard and also in the management of the light which was clearly difficult here too.
Lovely light and colours, spot-on exposure and exquisite depth of field and sharpness.
An interesting note too.
carlo62 (30559) 2013-12-08 14:07
capisco quello che dici, ma il progresso è un male inevitabile.
Senza di quello non saremo dove siamo, nel bene e nel male.
Senza il progresso non sarebbe stata fatta la statua che hai fotografato, perchè ci sarebbero stati ancora quei lavoratori.
La statua è molto bella, sembra un uomo vero e la tua foto l'ha messa in evidenza con una bella ambientazione.
Un caro saluto
jcpix (13404) 2013-12-08 16:55
Well hello there V2! ;)
The light...oh, the light with this shot...lovin' it! Its soft touch takes this to another level of intrigue and beauty. The grouping of those golden yellow foreground leaves accent the entire scene just splendidly. This is one that could have easily gone wrong for so many because of the light conditions and direction, but you've managed a smooth and clean balance with clarity and detail.
I've always enjoyed statues that have captured action, and portray a real life event...and you found a good one here to put on display in fine manner. Warm tones and a feeling of hard work that I can only imagine captures part of the essence to this city.
Noel is spot on too, it's madness here with the Starbucks...you'd think it was government sponsored crack!?
Have a great week my dear V,
mirosu (13190) 2013-12-08 19:59
Brilliant photo composition. The Linesman is an excellent focal point of this photo. There is a great use of depth of field to hold the viewer in the foreground Linesman as well as the buildings in BG, and the excellent lighting conditions have allowed for very good color saturation. The overall impact is very strong. Very well done.
mkamionka (30072) 2013-12-09 2:09
I have just wrote a quite long comment here but it was not accepted and disappeared :)
I love the composition, I have seen it first time in a night photo by darek1978 before I moved to Dublin I think. And recently in emka's photo on FB.
Great composition with everything well taken care about. The sculpture makes a dynamic foreground and the river side with the Custom House makes an attractive background. I would may be consider straightening the perspective a bit. But I know people prefer the natural view. The leaves add a nice decorative touch. Light interesting but challenging, you got a bit burnout but achieved an amazing ambience.
Royaldevon (28409) 2013-12-09 3:21
Ciao Cara Lisa,
This reminds me so much of Preston Docks, without, of course, the Linesman; he really makes the focus sublime for this shot, especially as he is surrounded by the fallen leaves, adding a richness of colour.
Not only does the statue give a focus it, also, leads nicely towards the features that give the context to your shot. The light is lovely, as is the dof.
Have a great day,
resat1972 (7326) 2013-12-09 10:25
appeal attention to clarity and sharpness
ourania (29387) 2013-12-09 10:43
Hello dear Lisa,
I like very much your point of view that gives dynamism to the statue and puts it into a very interesting context, turning this urban view into a scene of human interest. The statue represents the past of this place and the architecture in the background represents the time span that has altered the activities on the docks and substituted the living workers with a commemorative statue. Cold and warm colours have a consistent moodiness that affects our feelings regarding the theme. Congratulations and thank you! Your warm wishes are so much appreciated!
All the best, have a great day,
ktanska (24570) 2013-12-09 10:46
That sculpture fits so well with the environment. Good framing. You were at the right height so the the railing separates fg and bg.
Also those golden leaves seem to blend in nicely.
Silvio1953 (119605) 2013-12-09 11:16
Ciao Lisa, gran bella vista urbana, piacevole composizione con la bella statua e le foglie secche in primo piano, brava, un abbraccio Silvio
fabbs99 (16151) 2013-12-09 22:20
Great sculpture and a lovely scenery captured superbly. Excellent composition with some lovely colors coupled with nice light management and presentation. TFS.
krzychu30 (15442) 2013-12-11 1:25
Dublin has became really popular destination lately among TE members.And I must say with every new photo from it I love the city more and more.
The sculpture looks great,but I like also this soft,warm light and above all these leaves lying on the ground and making so lovely autumn mood of the scene.
Magnificent contribution to Dublin gallery here on TE!
Wish You all the best
emka (76393) 2013-12-11 14:15
Ciao again, SIF was also there :). When I walked alond the river (one week ago :)) I noticed this nice sculpture and i have photos from exactly the same place. But you had much more beautiful light. Nice view of the custom house on the other side and the golden leaves. Interesting note, I did not know that.
Warm regards from Warsaw
abmdsudi (41984) 2013-12-12 7:43
A photo with a message, what a fabulous piece of work! This makes a stronger composition taken form a fine angle combined by the lovely warm tones which suits the subject with that classic antique touch! Again another subject well suited to this treatment that you execute so well. Very impressive, Congrats
macjake (54930) 2013-12-14 6:27
well, I can honestly say that i would certainly NOT be the judge nor the jury on that question regarding Ireland. I just don't have that knowledge about the history, old nor recent to properly comment on that.
So lets leave it to you and Noel :)
What i do know is that this was taken with a wide angle, as proven by the distorted dome in the bg on the left, that i have a history with :)
I know its only a small factor in the photo, but for some reason the autumn leaves make a nice presence, it adds a bit of color and pizzaz.
A unique peek into Dublin which I've enjoyed and for sure makes you contemplate it at a much deeper level.
As I've said to Noel, whats with Ireland and all its statues and Monuments!!! its incredible!
anyways...off to work this morning.