Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Aoibheann Inis Eoghain

 The Battery Field

Howdy folks! (‘Howdy’, a word I really should use more often.) How’re you all keeping this evening then? I took a little longer getting back to you than I’d planned, you can blame Tumblr for that one. It’s so much easier on the head to just click buttons and ogle pretty pictures than it is to sit down and write a post. Too easy really, the lazy person’s way to blog. But still, I think I’ve earned a little lazy time lately.

I seem to have taken on what feels like a million new endeavours all at once, including starting in a wonderful new job and finally getting back to learning to drive (yup, I’m a 29-year-old journalist who doesn’t have a full driving licence, that probably explains the difficulty I’ve had getting work!). And then there’s that other thing I’ve been doing which, now that I’m here, I feel a little reluctant revealing. I’ll explain why in a moment.

In my last post I mentioned I had exciting plans for the weekend. Well, my excitement was justified because it all went splendidly. You see, my friends, last Friday night saw the opening of my first ever photography exhibition! When I say ‘my’ I mean me and the rest of the local camera club I’m a member of. It’s being run as part of a local music and arts festival happening in my town at the moment.

Then, last night, we had an opening of another one. Yes another one! Sadly I couldn’t go because my old back trouble was playing up. But still, two exhibitions on the go at once? I would say I’m proud of myself, only the truth is I’m more than a little embarrassed about the whole thing.
I know I have a Flickr account and regularly share my photos here, but there’s something different about hanging them up on an actual wall in a proper exhibition and asking people to look at them. I feel like such a fake wannabe! Especially when you see the quality of work that’s hanging all around me up there - a talented bunch of lovable eejits, that camera club crew.

You’re all such a lovely bunch of bloggers who only ever have kind words of encouragement regarding these things so I know I shouldn’t feel so self-conscious telling you about the exhibition. I think it’s because I’m also aware that many of you are very talented artists and photographers, while I’m just a pretender with a point-and-shoot and Photoshop.  I’m always paranoid when I know people with a background in these things are looking at my work. (I even felt funny giving the prints to my aunt and uncle to mount since they’re professionals.)

Anyway, I know I’ve no doubt posted some of them on the blog before but the images in this post are the ones I submitted for display. I’ve said before that I hate posts without pictures and thought these were probably the most appropriate for this one.

I’ve another busy week ahead so I probably won’t be back on here again until Saturday or Sunday, which is when I hope to resume regular blogging again! That’ll include getting a proper visit to all my blog buddies; I popped by a lot of your places the last day but connection trouble and my increasing shortage of time meant I couldn’t leave many comments. I’ve a whole day set aside at the weekend to make up for that :)
Fairy Junction


Heathen said...

Congrats on the exhibitions Roisin! I know what you mean about feeling self-conscious, but you shouldn't. Your pics are always beautiful!

AlphaBetsy said...

Congrats on all the lovely things happening for you right now. Your photos are lovely, so no need to worry or feel self-conscious.

Jeanne said...

Incredible photos! They are all so other-worldly...they make me feel like I could step through them into a faery tale world.
Congratulations on the show! I think it is well deserved. And you should have a show just for yourself. You have a good eye for composition and color!
Be proud of your work! And push that self-consciousness aside. :0)

Lynn said...

A huge congratulations to you, Roisin! And I echo the comments above: you have no need to feel self-conscious about showing your work. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous!

Trudi Sissons said...

Congratulations! I think your photographs are VERY gallery-worthy!
Is that a word(s)? :0)
Love visiting your blog!

mirsini's creations said...

Hi my dearest friend!!! Congratulations on the exhibitions!!! You are very talented Roisin !!! I LOve your photos!!! WoW! The last one is magical!!!!
Have fun!!!
Kisses!!! :oD

Donna~Q~ said...

Howdy to you, Roisin :~) Your photos are richly evocative and utterly, blissfully gorgeous. I'm glad you had an opprotunity to show them, the world can always use more pretty!

Nana Mari said...

Incredibly beautiful photos, Roisin! And congratulations on not one, but two exhibitions! You have an amazing gift. Keep up the wonderful work, and thank you for sharing it! It's always a joy to see such beauty.

mademoiselle G said...

Awesome photos! Congratulations, you truly deserve it :-)

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Congratulations to you!!!! Your photos are truly gorgeous. What a wonderful thing to have happen!!! :)

Kathy said...

These photos, dear friend, are wonderful and you deserve every bit of praise that you get. I especially love the last one. Well, saying that, I went back to look at the first one. I think it's my favorite. Have fun! - Kathy

Robin said...

I know that feeling so very well. Not in photography, I am terrible when it comes to the camera, but I have had many exhibits of my watercolors and I never feel comfortable with public critique.
But your art is fabulous. I love the color and texture (that etched feeling) that you use. Your photos are magical and fanciful, and transcend me into a time and space of old.
Congratulations on your exhibits and sincere wishes for a fabulous future filled with your dreams come true

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Friend, you make me so happy! Look at the beauty and stories you have created with these photos! They sing to my tired soul. Thanks, for that. I miss visiting. We have had such troubles in tech world this month. I can't hardly stand it. I am thinking of you and all my dear blogger friends. I miss you dear girl! Take care and luck to you. Blessings.

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