December 14, 2010


On this day in 1903, Orville Wright made the first attempt at powered flight. The engine stalled during take-off and the plane was damaged in the attempt. Three days later, after repairs were made, the modern aviation age was born when the plane stayed aloft for 12 seconds and flew 102 feet.

The Narrow Lane

The Liberties of Dublin, were jurisdictions that existed since the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century. They were town lands united to the city, but still preserving their own jurisdiction. The most important of these liberties were the Liberty of St. Sepulchre, under the Archbishop of Dublin, and the Liberty of Thomas Court and Donore belonging to the Abbey of St. Thomas (later called the Earl of Meath's Liberty). Today's "Dublin Liberties" generally refer to the inner-city area covered by these two liberties, commonly associated with the junction of Meath St. and Thomas St. The area is honeycombed with dark and narrow lanes, many of which date to the 'tenement' days of Georgian Dublin and before.

Photo: Single, hand-held shot. I was interested in the glow from the subdued orange light, just out of frame. It added a warm but sinister quality to this narrow space. Just off the very busy thoroughfare (Thomas Street). In the ten minutes or so I spent here, no one ventured by ... retrospectively, it may have been because I looked a bit shifty myself! There are stables just around the corner where the local youngsters keep their horses, a tradition taken very seriously here. Photographer, James Horan has spent a great deal of time photographing them over the years and has published a book on the subject.
ISO 400. 1/60 @ f/4.5