Last week it was dull and cloudy in Dublin. I was on a quest to find a bag for my vacuum cleaner, and was wandering shops and shopping centres on Dublin’s North Side.
During this quest, I called into the Hugh Lane art gallery on Parnell Square.
Now, I had no illusions of finding a bag for a Henry Hoover there. Instead, I wanted to gaze upon the paintings. You know, as you do.
Entering one of the galleries, a painting of a bridge immediately arrested my gaze. However, rather than merely wandering up to it, I first looked at the selection all around it.
This one painting stood tall among the rest. As it turns out it was a Monet of London’s Waterloo Bridge.
According the description, Monet had rented accommodation near the bridge, and painted this one bridge more than 40 times. Now that impressed me.
Also, in this painting, Monet opted to portray a dull, misty morning, when the combined effluence of smoke, steam, and pollution mixed with the mist to diffuse the light adding depth and mystery.
A few days later, I was in Drogheda, County Louth, where I aimed to picture Irish Rail’s immense Boyne Viaduct.
No mist and smog for me this day. But one bridge image tends to inspire another.
So here we have the down Enterprise Dublin to Belfast. (But that’s not the train I aimed to picture in Drogheda).
Next time in London, I’ll endeavor to photograph Waterloo Bridge. Although I doubt I can do it justice.
Oh, just in case your curious, I never found a bag for my Henry Hoover! These seem to be very elusive items in the Irish Republic, apparently.
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