The Streets of Dublin Past, Part II
In the first part of this series in which I shared some pictures from my film archives of Dublin City, I looked at some of the areas of the city that has changed significantly since the late nineties. I looked at Connoly station, O’Connell Street, and the Liffey as well as the Powerscourt Centre just off Grafton Street. At the time I was taking quite a few pictures of people too. Without really realising it I had already began shooting “street photography”.
At the time I wasn’t really being very philosophical about it, but I enjoyed capturing the expressions of people out and about. I was fascinated by the ability to capture a moment in time and a person’s instant frozen in film. In some respects, not much has changed since then. Grafton street is certainly different, but the people haven’t changed a huge amount. The fashion and the hairstyles have evolved, but it’s not like the difference between the 70’s and the 90s.
Dublin was still a hive of activity back then, but perhaps a little less crowded. One of the things I did manage to capture one day, almost by accident, was one of the early protests regarding George W. Bush’s invasion of Afghanistan. This was before the much larger world wide protests at the invasion of Iraq, and it was the beginning of the discontent with the policies at the time. It was a fairly low-key protest, but I’m glad I found this, given its historical context.
The rest of the photos that I’ve taken from this period are of various other comings and goings in our city. There’s some of the market in temple bar, and people hanging out in front of the Molly Malone statue (in it’s old location, before it was moved). Enjoy!
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