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aoibhe - the shaky bridge, sundays well, cork
11-DEC-2006

aoibhe - 'the shaky bridge', sunday's well, cork

This is one of the finest photos ever taken by my FATHER, though I'm not sure he knows it.

This portrait of my sister hangs framed in the hallway of my home in Ireland and mesmerises every time I pass it.

I may be biased of course, because I think my sister's beautiful but I think I'm on safe (as opposed to shaky) ground, there.

I was thrilled last night when I found the negative as I was scanning old photos and painstakingly
tried to recreate how that framed portrait looks - at least in my memory, as I can't pop home to check.

The 'shakey bridge' (or Daily's Bridge to give it its proper name) overlooks the pleasant River Lee as
it courses into the City of Cork, and overlooks Fitzgerald's Park, a haunt of my childhood.

It's the birthright of all Corkonian children to run along this dodgy suspension footbridge and stamp on it gleefully 'til the rivets creak.


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Chris16-Dec-2006 19:07
She's beautiful alright, and I can see what you like about your Father's work. Excellent sense of composition, time and place so casually inserted in the background but the focal point so keenly on her. Great light that day, too.
Sam_C13-Dec-2006 07:18
That is a mighty fine portrait your father took! I can see where you got
your talents from. And your sister has classic beauty. Thanks for sharing
this one.
AL12-Dec-2006 08:01
Thanks for sharing this lovely portrait and your memories. It's really well taken by dad. I like her soft gentle look, nicely lit and focused. A priceless find and rework!
Craig Persel12-Dec-2006 00:13
Beautiful portrait.
Ana Carloto O'Shea11-Dec-2006 18:42
Congratulations to your Dad for the photo and to you for the scanning and salvaging of a priceless moment. I know how this feels because I've set myself on a similar quest sometime ago and what glee one feels when we suceed in bringing an old negative into the digital world.
The focus is great and the background melts away wonderfully, though it's colours match perfectly the one's on your sister's jacket. Actually, despite her serene and beautiful pose, one of the things I find most stricking is the way all the colours in the photo are "related" to one another...
A fine moment, surely if it was planned, it would not have worked better.
Adrian Reilly11-Dec-2006 13:37
Top of the morning to your Father. Lovely portrait