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a little bit of culture

2008 | 10:37 am | Filed Under: Uncategorized

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I just get tickled pink when I’m reconnected to things that bring me great joy.  I got the wonderful opportunity recently to combine one of my two ultimate passions – photography and theatre.  Here’s a minor confession for you all… I spent the first 23 years of my life with the ultimate goal of being on Broadway.  Yep, you heard that right, I’m an actor, and I carry all the great dramatic personality traits that most actors have (out-spoken, laughing a little too loud, over-reacting to tiny things… it’s great).  I even entered college as a Theatre major, sidelined only by the eventual overwhelming desire to eat, and therefore, I switched to Computer Engineering.  My last production to date was Hair, and I have the proud distinction of being the only cast member who did not have to strip to her birthday suit… being cast in a main character has its advantages.

Anyway, I’ve held onto the desire to eventually do theatre again, but being in Ireland, there aren’t many productions happening in our sleepy little town. However, thanks to a recent art-revival movement amoung the gen-Xers of the community, a brand new theatre company has opened up around the corner, Passionfruit Theatre, and I had the wonderful honour of documenting their opening production, East of the Sun, West of the Moon and A Pot of Broth.  Here are a few of my favourites from the evening.






family moments

2008 | 11:49 am | Filed Under: Uncategorized

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Sometimes we get opportunities to reflect on our lives, and have the fortunate outcome of feeling incredibly happy as a result. I have had many such opportunities in the recent months, and the more I continue observe and process, the more lucky I feel. I not only have an absolutely wonderful and loving family, but I have the great fortune of being able to do what I love – work, photograph, sing, play music… and live in Europe, and I couldn’t do any of it without the supportive people in my life who make it what it is.


The munchkin and the hubby go swimming once a week. This is from last summer at one of her first times in the pool, and i dug it out of the archives upon noticing how quickly she’s growing. *sniff*

gearing up

2008 | 2:32 pm | Filed Under: Uncategorized


This friday is the Athlone School of Music’s huge annual School of Rock show, effectionately named “Tadgh-fest” (pronounced “TIE-gh fest”), after the founder of the School of Music, the hardest working man in Athlone show business. :) As official photographer for the school and the counsel that supports the gig, I’m awaiting a long night filled with many downloads from my limited 8gigs of space onto my sometimes functioning laptop. Sometimes I just long for one of those photo media storage devices for easy download in the field.

In preparation for the event, I’ve been going back through my last few gigs and doing some adjustments. Here are few of the latest.

Dead Man’s Hands

Dead Man’s Hands

Dead Man’s Hands

Dead Man’s Hands

a change of pace

2008 | 11:47 am | Filed Under: Uncategorized


I got to do something really interesting this weekend.  I got to spend the entire time with my daughter, which doesn’t usually happen as I am the working stiff in our family, and my husband is the housewife.  This of course has the knock-on effect of daddy being the parent our little munchkin goes to whenever she needs something, or falls down, or just generally needs a hug.

However, THIS weekend, my wonderful hubby became so popular, he spent most of the time out, which suited me fine as I got to be the one who kissed the boo-boos and helped further the campaign for potty-training. :)  Indeed it was a wonderful weekend, punctuated brilliantly by out little 2-year-old crawling into my lap yesterday evening to just give me a hug.  I almost cried.




An Irish Joke

2008 | 11:32 pm | Filed Under: Uncategorized


As I got a request in my blog, and a few others by email, I’ll go ahead and post the joke…

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What does a single yellow line on the side of a road mean?

No Parking.

What does a double yellow line mean?

No Parking.

So why are there 2 yellow lines?

“To be sure, to be sure..”

…I told you you wouldn’t get it. :)

Viewing the ordinary

2008 | 12:55 pm | Filed Under: Uncategorized


You’d think that after much rest, one might feel renewed, however the reality is that one just feels more tired. My doctor tells me to expect to feel “in recovery” for up to 8 weeks. I don’t know about you, but that sounds faily unlikely too me… at least it did, until I actually tried it, and noticed I’m certianly not up to par yet.

Anyway, I’ve been dabbling in my archives looking for photos with not much subject to help explore different theories of compotions and layout grids.  It keeps me occupied until I have the energy to pick up my camera and actually be aggressive about getting back into the swing of things. Here are a couple I’ve worked on so far (worked on being employed creative cropping to improve composition).  Both were taken outside my flat.  That brick wall makes regular appearances in my photos.


The infamous brick wall. Look for it soon in a background near you!!


There’s an irish joke about parking lines, which I would repeat, but sadly, no one outside this country will get it.

Well, hello!

2008 | 3:20 pm | Filed Under: Uncategorized


I first want to say thank you to all the lovely people who emailed me regarding my hiatus. I apologise for my recent absence. As those of you who already know me in person are aware, I’ve actually been in hospital for a while, but not to worry anyone, I’m perfectly fine now, and quite grateful for the few weeks of rest I managed to received.


Observe the evidence (taken in the E.R. while waiting for my bed to be prepped) … I happened to have my camera with me when I was admitted, as the day had started as a normal day at work, one in which I was hoping to capture some abstract images of the metal fencing outside our building on my lunch break. Instead, I got to document my experience in hospital which did garner a few strange looks from the nurses, but certainly kept me entertained while spending so much time away from my family. In addition, being hospitalised for a spell certainly puts one’s life in perspective, and I am now filled with renewed energy to document my life more (hence the hospital-themed photos), so believe it or not, I actually started a ‘picture a day’ project. Clear some room, I’m hopping on the bandwagon!



Look for a new section appearing shortly which will chronicle the daily life of the Lightholder clan. I’ll tell you now, I’m taking a photo everyday, but I will probably not post it everyday. All entries will be dated though, so you can observe as my hair begins to slowly turn grey.

And another one…

This is after I was settled into my room, and so began an excercise in not being bored. I purposely imposed a hyper small d.o.f. on this photo so as not to disturb anyone who is squeamish about medical stuff. The blob in the foreground is actually my i.v.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Fall, leaves, fall

2008 | 3:40 pm | Filed Under: Uncategorized


Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

- Emily Jane Brontë

…and all too quickly, they’re gone.




May they come back soon.


2008 | 2:28 pm | Filed Under: Uncategorized


Life can be a mess, but there is always beauty to be found in imagery.




Tackling Gallery2

2008 | 3:28 pm | Filed Under: Uncategorized


My archives are becoming close to impossible to manage, particularly since I post in multiple different places.  In addition, I have multiple instances in my archives of photos that really should be released as part of a series, such as times when I’m documenting a day or an event, or photographing a friend’s band.  This blog environment, and the partnered photoblog environment, are not really set-up to do that and I’d really like a section of my domain that is.


To that end, I’ve begun the task of tackling a Gallery2 install.  I’m not really happy with Gallery in its current state as I don’t really have a desire to set-up a community around the photos, I just want to be able to create albums or sets in a visually pleasing manner that’s easy to maintain and driven by a CMS. As all things that I sink my programmers mind into, it will probably wind up as highly hacked as this blog is, but HEY!  I’m always on the look out for development tasks.

If anyone has done something similar or has any words of wisdom, please pass them my way… :)

And here’s a photo-fix for you all for today.  Happy Wednesday.


From the gate to a complex around the corner from my flat.  Don’t know what Rooskey means, but it’s an awfully friendly place.