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Purchasing a Reflection

Circa 1835, Dublin, Ireland, March 2011

Circa 1835, Dublin, Ireland, March 2011

I’m posting the images from my photography show, for all of you who didn’t get to attend the opening and take a catalogue home. The title of the show is “Inter-Changes: Reflections from Dublin and Beyond” and it is on display at the O’Connell House at from 9-5 weekdays at 58 Merrion Square, in Dublin 2, from May 8-31, 2013.  I’ll be there next Monday, May 27 from 12-2 for one last “Meet the Artist” session.

If you’d like to purchase one of the works, please contact me via email at shannonchance (at) verizon (dot) net.  The images are currently selling for 80 Euros or 100 dollars each, plus shipping and handling.

The copyright for these images belongs to Shannon Chance.  If you want to use them for commercial purposes, please contact me. You may use them for personal or educational purposes as long as you cite me as the author.

My most sincere thanks to all who attended the launch of this exhibition.  You have helped make my time in Ireland memorable and worthwhile!  Thanks for reflecting on Ireland with me….

Showing Off

Joe Dennehy and Brendan Kennedy dropped by O’Connell House to see the photo show today. That really brightened my spirits (I lost a hard drive this morning and was having it replaced at the time).

Joe teaches Business at DIT and Brendan is an Engineering Technology student who helped me iron out kinks in the identity survey I conducted in collaboration with Mike Murphy.

While I was at O’Connell House, Lisa Caulfield purchased a photo. That was another highlight of my day!

I installed dots on the photos that have sold — a total of nine to date.

Photo Launch Fun

Dave Chance did a delightful job documenting events at the opening of my first photography exhibition, InterChanges: Reflections from Dublin and Beyond.  Thanks to all my fabulous friends and colleagues for coming out to support my work!

By the way, I’ve sold six photos to date.  If there’s one you see on the wall that you’d like to purchase, please let me know.  They are selling for 80 Euro each and sales are helping me recoup the cost of producing the show.

Inter-Changes: Reflections from Dublin and Beyond

Lisa Caulfield, Shannon Chance, Colleen Dube, and Kevin Whelan

Lisa Caulfield, Shannon Chance, Colleen Dube, and Kevin Whelan

Shannon Chance, Cynthia Mara, and Dave Chance

Shannon Chance, Cynthia Mara, and Dave Chance

The staff of Fulbright Ireland and Notre Dame’s O’Connell House organized a spectacular event for last night. The opening of the photography exhibition was a highlight of my year here in Dublin.  So many people were there who have been instrumental in making this year a success.

Fulbright hired Conor McCabe Photography to document the event, and purchased the photos posted on this page.  I hope you’ll enjoy the photos as much as I do!

Inter-changes: Reflections from Dublin and Beyond

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland and the University of Notre Dame

are hosting the launch of a new photo exhibition

Inter-changes: Reflections from Dublin and Beyond

By Dr. Shannon Chance

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Keogh Naughton Notre Dame Centre, O’Connell House, 58 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland

RSVP: / 01.660.7670 by May 1st, 2013

The show will be available for viewing throughout the month of May (weekdays 9-5 at the above address).  You can come meet the artist at the launch or 5-7 on May 16, 12-2 on May 22, or 12-2 on May 27.  Here’s a sneak peek at the show in preparation….

Ode to NYC

A reflection captured by Anthony Henderson that captures some of the essence of NYC. (Downloaded from Anthony Henderson's Facebook page.)

A reflection photographed by Anthony Henderson. It captures the essence of NYC on a rainy day. (Downloaded from Anthony Henderson’s Facebook page.)

I had really, really wanted to make a trip to New York City during my trip to the USA. I won’t get to; my work on the research paper has been slow. That’s due, in part, to a cold that has haunted Dave and me for the past week.

To overcome my sense of loss at not having visited New York in two long years, I occasionally transport myself to The City using images such as the one I’ve posted here. Anthony Henderson, a colleague of Dave’s and mine from architecture school, took it.

I hope you’ll enjoy Mr. Henderson’s dramatic photographic reflection of the Big Apple.

Gray Sky Blues

Another rainy day in Dublin.  Here’s hoping the sun breaks through.  It almost always does each day–sooner or later.  I’ve attached an example of sunshine after rain, taken as I was crossing Dame Street on October 2.

Reflection on Dame Street. Copyright Shannon Chance, 2012.

Traveling Bunny

Bunny at dinner in Dublin.

Do you have something unique you do to remember your travel experiences?  A bit of home you bring along to help you remember who you are?  Some way you “frame” what you’re seeing that helps you understand and interpret what’s going on around you?

My unique take involves capturing photos of “urban reflections.”  I enjoy having this storehouse of images to look back on.  In future years, I’ll be able to reminisce about the places I’ve been and fun I’ve had.

And, I’ll be able to see how things have changed over time in the cities I have loved!

My current house guests, Mary and Tim, have their own way of framing their travels.  They bring thier “Bunny” with them everywhere they go.

Since they are accomplished travelers, they have pictures of Bunny in famous sites all around the world!

Here, Bunny nibbled a plump Irish carrot — while we dined on quiche and steamed veggies!

Novelty Express

I awoke this morning to an excited phone call from Dave. He’s accustomed to going out at dawn to photograph in the morning light. Today, he was out with the tall ships and he summoned me to come see them sail. The ships closest to the city were moving out. The city had opened the Calatrava-designed bridge to allow the ships thru passage. (Calatrava is an architect and bridge-designer whose work Dave and I greatly admire.)

“Take a picture every time you see something that surprises you,” the International Four-H Youth Exchange had instructed me when I was an IFYE to Switzerland in 1994, “because after a few days that thing won’t seem unusual to you and you’ll forget to take a picture.” I recalled that advice today after the Facebook image of my “mini” Irish breakfast raised eyebrows among my friends back home.

After eating dozens of these meals over the years, I’d nearly forgotten that beans on the side seem unusual to the American palette. But our cat-sitter, Morgan, posted a query about our choice of side items. She’s the person who asked me to bring back some Lucky Charms (her favorite boxed cereal product). I guess she’ll be surprised when the luck I bring her comes in a can!

After breakfast, Dave headed back to work editing photos. He’s at in non-stop these days, to meet deadlines back home. I did a bit of shopping on my own (again) in preparation to move into the new apartment. Today, I went shopping on Grafton Street. I’ve posted reflections from the area. The one (to the left) reminds me of the importance of landmarks in creating a beautiful townscape (an idea of Gordan Cullan’s) and of using landmarks to help people orient themselves in the city (as explained by Kevin Lynch). See how effective the church is in providing a visual cue to your location? And how the curved streets provide a sense of mystery (as recommended by Camillo Sitte)?

The reflection on BT2 I captured today (shown to the right below) was completely different from the one I posted yesterday (to the left).

After that, I was off to a tour of the Freemason Hall just up the street from our hotel. The tour was offered as part of National Heritage Week. I learned so much from the guide! I’ve posted some photos of the building–which serves as the headquarters for all of the island’s Freemasons–in honor of my Hampton University office-mate, David Perronet.

On the way back to our hotel, I noticed a sign for the “Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.” Now, that’s a title and combination you wouldn’t see in the States! It’s shown below, to the left. The photo to the right is a memorial to the Celtic Tiger. More on those topics later. (Please remind me if I forget!)

For now, I’ll get this posted and try to pry Dave from that computer so we can enjoy the last few moments of sunlight today.