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So recently I’ve been displaying my work in Bernies Treasures Just for you, in Emmet Street, Trim. Below, you’ll see the selection of prints I have available there at the moment, and a little bit about what drew me to each scene

MOUND OF THE HOSTAGES

This is the oldest visible monument on the Hill of Tara and is thought to be over 5,000 years old. A passage tomb similar to Newgrange, it is 3 meters high and 15 meters in diameter. People often watch the sunset over the Boyne Valley from this vantage point and I was lucky to capture this couple doing just that. I love the colours, the cloud formation and the magical light that always seems to be on the hill. This print is available in a 8.5 x 11 inch print with 2 inch off white mount.
CHATS ON THE HILL

This was taken the same evening as “The Mound of the Hostages” so it shows the same fabulous clouds and gorgeous evening light.  Love the silhouettes of people chatting and catching up.  It is available in the 8.5″ x 11″ with an off white mount.  

MAGIC LIGHT
You may have noticed a lot of my pictures contain interesting light.  This picture captures a sun glare through one of the trees on the Hill of Tara.  Light can be magical and there is no where more 
magical and mystical that this ancient site.  Print available in 8.5 ” x 11″ with 2″ white mount. 

THE WISHING TREE
A silhouette of “The Wishing Tree” at the Hill of Tara.  People tie ribbons, rags and little trinkets as symbols of their wishes and dreams to this Hawthorne tree.   On first glance it looks like a picture of a “normal” tree, but on closer examination you’ll see the little bits and pieces people have tied to it. 

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BLOSSOMS ON THE BRIDGE
The wooden Bailey Bridge at the back of Trim Castle is always adorned with boxes of colourful flowers during the months of Spring and Summer. This picture was taken through one of these boxes of flowers at sunset, looking up towards the Old Bridge (beside the Sally Rogers pub) . This picture is available in 14 ” x 22″ print with 2″ off white mount.
TRIM CASTLE AT SUNSET
Probably the most common angle to take a picture of Trim Castle, however I couldn’t resist those clouds and gorgeous sky on a beautiful evening in May. Available in 10″ x 16″ with 2″ off white mount.
YELLOW STEEPLE SUNGLARE
Those clouds… the sky… the sun lined up with the window to give a sun glare, need I say more. When printed you can also see the little buttercups that fill the porch fields in Trim in May. This image was taken the same evening as “Trim Castle at Sunset ” and is available in same size. I think they make a lovely set.

CHERRY BLOSSOMS
I think one of the most beautiful sights you’ll see in Trim are the Cherry Blossoms on the church lawn each May.  Depending on how windy it is at this time of year, the blossoms might only last a couple of weeks.  I love this picture as it shows the famous castle at a different angle, taking advantage of this gorgeous annual scene.  Available in 16 ” x 22″ print with 2″ off white mount

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GLISTEN AT SKERRIES HARBOUR 
I find there’s something very soothing about this picture, I think its the way the light is glistening on the water.  It looks so peaceful, you can almost hear the water gently lapping against the boat.  This one is available in A3 size and a black mount.
EVENING LIGHT AT SKERRIES HARBOUR
There’s something about seeing these fishing boats docked in the evenings, you can’t help but think about the tough days had out at sea, but still in this light everything looks so tranquil. 
These two are available in A3 with 2″ off white mount.

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ST. ANNE’S PARK
This picture was taken at St. Anne’s Park in Raheny, Dublin.  This little footbridge is gorgeous , it reminds me of something from a children’s story that a troll would hide under!.  I had just walked through the arch and was walking way when I turned to look back and found that the light had changed and was falling beautifully.  I took the shot straight away and love the result.

The picture below, was taken the other side of that footbridge and shows the Naniken river surrounded by beautiful Autumn colours.
Both of these pictures are available in a 14″ x 22″ print with 2″ off white mount. 

Thank you for taking time to look at this page, if you have any queries or would like to know prices or would like any variance in sizes etc. 

Please contact me by emailing ameliasnaps@gmail.com

You can also see more on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AmeliaSnapsPhotography/?ref=bookmarks

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The day Ireland changed forever…

The 25th of May 2018 will go down in history, the day that Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of Repealing the 8th Amendment, meaning that once legislation is passed by the Dáil, abortion will be legal in this country.
It was a divisive campaign and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting the result to be quite as definitive as it was. It had worried me that throughout the run up to voting day , more and more “No” posters were appearing at every road junction. Irrational and scaremongering statements that were so extreme it was if they were designed to con voters into thinking every woman that got pregnant would have a compulsory abortion if the law changed!! However, thankfully these tactics did not work. This result marks a huge shift culturally in a country where less that 40 years ago contraception wasn’t available!

As the exit poll results came through that night it became clear that the Yes campaign had gained over 60% of the vote. As this was such a huge moment for Irish women I wanted to be in Dublin on Saturday, the day the results were confirmed. I wanted to capture the mood on this momentous day, to have a snapshot of what the city looked like, not only in relation to those celebrating the result at Dublin Castle but also elsewhere around the city where people were going about their normal day. Pictures to look back on in years to come which say something about this moment in time, the streetscapes, the fashions, the cars, the technologies etc. I’m not a particularly articulate writer and there’ll be lots of other blogs which will give a commentary on today but I’m hoping these pictures will say something too. Thanks for looking, and here’s to a more liberal, compassionate and less judging Ireland of the future.

There’s no harm in a little rain..

Life can be the sunshine

On peaceful days with the bright blue skies

Or life can be the raindrops

That fall like tears squeezed from your eyes.

Life can be the heaven

That you’ll only reach through hell,

Since you won’t know when you’re happy,

If you’ve not been sad as well.

Life can teach hard lessons

But you’ll be wiser once you know,

That even roses need both sunshine,

And a touch of rain to grow.

By Erin Hanson , The Poetic Underground

 

 

 

 

The Wishing Tree

Mention the Hill of Tara and most people will think of St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland.  Failte Ireland recently launched a new advertising campaign to bring tourism to the North East, Midlands and South East in a way similar to that being experienced by areas along the Wild Atlantic Way.   The wonderful website for Ireland’s Ancient East states that “Tara’s potent mix of archaeology , history and myth touches at the very soul of Ireland”.    There is certainly something magical about it, maybe its the fact  that its nearly always windy there that makes it invigorating but I like to think its also something to do with the history of it too.

The thing that you don’t hear mention too often which makes the  site a bit special in my eyes is the Wishing Tree on the boundary of the hill. Legend has it that tying a rag or cloth to the Hawthorn Tree will bring blessings or wishes from “wee folk” or indeed from the saints.  Now  I’ll admit on the  face of it this does seem a little bit silly, but I find it nice to look at the brightly coloured rags and cloths blowing in the wind knowing that the symbolise people’s hopes, wishes and dreams.

The pictures above were taken back in 2014.. the tree was pretty laden with “wishes “at that stage.  I believe there’s an annual clear up of the tree which on one hand is sad but is absolutely necessary for the poor tree.   In April of this year I returned over to the Hill with camera in hand with the aim of getting a picture of the Wishing Tree to enter in a competition in  Crann Magazine

I found the tree a little more bare this time, I think its possibly cleaned off each year before the month of May.  The trees are also sometimes known as May Bushes, so I’d imagine there’s a peak in the amount of rags being tied to tree during this month.

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To be honest I went home thinking that I hadn’t gotten a  picture good enough to enter the competition that day.. my own wishes of having a picture published would have to wait another while.    However when I loaded up the memory card that evening a found that one of the pictures I had taken of the tree’s silhouette in the sun was “the one”.    Ironically enough the thing I love about the tree i.e. the bright colours against the landscape were not a feature in this picture.    At first glance you think its just a picture of a normal tree, but if you look closely you can see the shapes of the various rags and ornaments hanging from it.

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A couple of months later when I’d given up hope of winning the competition I came home to find the latest edition of Crann Magazine had arrived for me in the post.   For a little moment, I thought maybe I’d won the competition but sadly this was not the case.. a fellow member of Navan Camera Club  by Haydn Hammerton (see his winning entry here)

The disappointment didn’t last very long though… as my picture was shortlisted , it was printed in the magazine after all, so I was thrilled with that.  Having a picture published for the first time felt like a win to me!

Since then I’ve been contacted by one of the owners of the  The Stockhouse  Restaurant in Trim requesting an A3 sized print of this picture so it could be framed and put in display in the restaurant.  The Stockhouse is located in Trim, just 15 mins away from the Hill of Tara, so if your in the area make sure to pop in… they do a mean steak (amongst other things ) in a friendly atmosphere with great food and great value.  You can see their full menu by clicking on the link above.  They’ve actually lots of pictures of the area, including some very old pictures of Trim.

Anyway, it might seem like I’m digressing off the subject of the Wishing Tree but I’m not really…. two of my wishes came true as a result of taking that picture:

  1.  To have a picture published in a  magazine.
  2. To have one of my pictures hanging in public.

Was it the power of the Wishing Tree? Or was it a result of keeping working towards something I really want (a career in photography , in case there’s any doubt! ) I’d like to think that maybe its a little bit of both.

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Be Yourself

I captured this Dublin Character during a little Street Photography experiment earlier on in the year.  He has stayed in my mind since then as he looked so happy and content in his own skin and was clearly loving what he was doing.   He epitomises so many of Dr Seuss’s philosophies on life..

  1. Today you are you, this is truer than true.  There is no one in life more Youer than you.
  2. Why fit in when you were born to stand out.
  3. You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes . You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
  4. Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those how matter don’t mind.
  5. Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.Be Yourself