March for Choice – 30 September 2017

Saturday, September 30th marked the 6th Annual March for Choice. 

Women, men, children (even pets!) from all over Ireland gathered on Saturday to march through Dublin city centre to show support for the Abortion Rights Campaign and the ongoing #Repealthe8th drive. 

If you are not familiar with the history of this issue in Ireland to date, there is a great explainer video here

With a referendum finally announced for mid-2018, the pressure is on now, more than ever, to inform people as much as possible on this subject, and to make sure that people know exactly what it is that their vote will change.

Talk to (at!) your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, anyone who’s willing to listen – it’s too important not to. 

Simply put, repealing the 8th Amendment of the Irish constitution will demonstrate that the Irish people trust women to make the right choices for themselves. Repealing the 8th Amendment will not legalise abortion, despite what others might have you believe… 

Last Saturday’s march was something I was really happy to be able to take part in. Obviously everybody on Saturday would have preferred that there were no need for a march, but there is. Personally, I was a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of people that turned up – all in amazing spirits. The chanting, singing, drumming and laughter (there were some really witty signs!) created such a beautiful atmosphere, and I felt so proud of everybody there. It was clear to all that it’s an issue that is close to a lot of people’s hearts.

I won’t ramble on any longer, as I’m sure I’ll write more on this again, but for now, here are some photos of Saturday’s march, along with a few shots from the #Strike4Repeal gathering back in March of this year. 

If you want to sign the petition, you can do so here.

If you want to donate to the campaign, you can do that here

If you spot yourself in any of these photos and would like me to take it down, please just message me on sharonadotie at gmaildotcom or on Instagram (@sharonaie

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Weekending in London

British flags were EVERYWHERE

It’s good to get away and travel for a few days every now and then when and if you can. It gives you perspective – you make new memories from new experiences –  you meet new people –  you jolt yourself out of your routine.
Sometimes, it’s planned months or more in advance, and sometimes it’s a spur-of-the-moment trip.

I managed to do one of each to London within a month of each other. The first, in middish-May, was booked on a Tuesday for that weekend, and the second trip – just over a week ago – was planned for a few months, to go for a few days with my sister and her friend.

Katie & Lisa, 35mm Fujifilm ISO400 on Pentax MeSuper
Katie & Lisa (35mm Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 on Pentax MeSuper)

So while my credit card and all associated finance-y things hate me right now (aaaaaargh) it was really enjoyable.

During the first trip (I was only there for two days, one night) I stayed just by Primrose Hill – a beautiful part of London. I didn’t plan where to go or what I wanted to do, I just went with the flow and having brought a lovely Pentax film camera with me, decided to just grab shots as I went. It worked out pretty well. Solo travelling (while it’s not for everyone, or even for every destination) does have its upsides – your schedule is completely up to you; where you eat is completely up to you; if you want to stop off and have a coffee and do some people-watching for an hour – it’s all up to yourself.
Solo travelling also really reminded me of how much we are constantly checking our phones etc ALL THE TIME. I had turned my data off while away, so initially felt like a limb had been removed, but once you get used to connectivity not being so instantly available, it is actually quite liberating. You also have so much more free time, with far more opportunity to observe everything around you.

Here’s a few of the shots I grabbed on the Pentax MeSuper camera – 35mm Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400.

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So the second trip with my sister and friend highlighted the upsides to travelling with friends – you get persuaded to go to places you wouldn’t normally choose to go – in my case, Madame Tussauds and to a musical – and you find that you really (unexpectedly) enjoy yourself.
Despite delayed flights and cancelled trains, we actually managed to fit in a morning in Madame Tussauds, a delicious lunch upstairs at Ottolenghi Nopi, a leisurely afternoon adventuring around Camden, a trip to Queen’s Theatre to see Les Miserables, and all amidst the fallout of the Brexit results (I won’t even go into it right now..) and the celebrations of Gay Pride!
So certainly a lot going on… 🙂

Again, I had brought along the film camera (I had a roll of film that I wanted to try out) as well as my Canon 70D. I really wanted to take a few more photos while I was there but as it turned out, didn’t take ONE photo on my Canon – after dragging it all over very humid London…. #facepalm ….

Didn’t take as many shots the second time around, but this time more of them turned out better – progress?

So again, these were taken on the Pentax MeSuper, this time with 35mm Kodak Colorplus 200.

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I think this post has probably dragged on longer than I wanted, but hope you saw something interesting ! If you’re already following me on Instagram or Twitter you may already have seen a few of these shots…

Either way, would love it if you let me know what you think 🙂

S

XO

Trying out my new camera

Having recently acquired a new camera – a Canon 70D – one of my 2016 resolutions was to put it to as much use as possible, and improve my photography through practice, practice, practice, some more practice…! I have always felt that so much is learned through trial and error, and have found this to be particularly true for me – in all aspects of life! It’s all very well and good to get things right on the first go, but my experience is that my mistakes have spawned my best learned lessons.

So on that happy note(!), I vowed to do away with all the usual excuses – cold, sickness, laziness –  and take the camera out on a little walk-adventure as often as I can. Two weekends into the new year, and so far, two photo walks done.

I have chosen a few photos from the two days here, and hopefully some of these posts will show some progression….. ! Haha! I tend to be quite hard on myself and critical of the photos I take, so seeing any kind of improvement would be great 🙂

Here’s a little selection of photos over the two days – would love to hear what you think!

S

XO

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Dipping my toe back in..

So the blogging thing hasn’t gone all that well for me so far. It’s a little here and there… stop and start… hit and miss.

So. I figured out that perhaps brevity is my friend. Where procrastination is not.

Sooooo a lot has changed since my last post, but let’s start off light. While I have always had a huge interest in photography since I happened across some of the work of Robert Doisneau, it is only in the last little while that I have actively tried to learn more about the technical aspects of the art.

Trial and error seems to be the trick. But it’s a very rewarding way to pass the time as well. It’s gotten me to venture out in all sorts of weather in pursuit of certain pictures, out on hikes, into music festivals, even just walking down streets I’ve never noticed before. Getting paid for my photography in the last few weeks was something I never thought would happen, but it did!

Anyways, now I can hear myself rambling, so I’ll just leave you with a few of my favourite photos of late – check me out on Instagram too, I post (almost) daily, let me know what you think!

S

XO

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Rush Hour on O’Connell Street
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Silhouettes at Smock Alley
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Downstairs at the CHQ building
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Hands in the air for Jamie XX @ Metropolis

Apologies for the tumbleweed…

I’d like to apologise for the radio silence. It dawned on me only last week when I was reading another (very fabulous) blog – more details on that later – that it’s been almost a year (!) since I last posted on here.

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In my defence, I’ve been pretty busy exploring a completely new path in life. On the other hand, I’ve been a great fan of procrastination…!

Anyhows, over the last couple of months, I decided to pursue a love and interest of mine that had always been something I wanted to do – drama and acting.

I took the plunge first during the middle of last summer, signing up to a weekend workshop with John Dawson. Initially, I wasn’t entirely sure if it was something I could try – if I would be any good at it. After that weekend, I was hooked. Completely convinced that even if I wasn’t as good yet as I wanted to be, it was something that I really enjoyed, and the idea of getting hired to do something so enjoyable? A dream!

So fast-forward a couple of months; and I’ll admit – I’ve been really lucky. I have gotten to work with some of the most creative, crazy and funny individuals. I have discovered a whole new way of looking at film and TV. I was a little worried that “knowing too much” from behind the scenes would ruin some of the magic – a spoiler if you will – but if anything, it’s actually just given me a much better appreciation of the artform and the huge talent, preparation and ruthlessly large workload that contributes to these pieces.

I’ve learnt a lot, and more importantly, I’m learning more every day. Which is what you want from life right?

Ok that’s enough for the moment I reckon.

But not as long until the next post – promise!

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Little Irritants and Silver Linings..

You know sometimes when you have one of those days where nothing seems to go quite right?

Your alarm is a little more shrill than usual – You get out of bed slightly groggier than usual – Your hair just won’t cooperate into the style you want it to – Your coffee is a little cold – Some heavy-footed clod stands on your ballet flat-clad feet – The office is so chilly that your fingers have frozen, slowing down your typing –

You just know that the day is not going to go the way you want it to.

Just a day where it's over before it started, and all you want to do is crawl back under the duvet..
Just a day where it’s over before it started, and all you want to do is crawl back under the duvet..

But then, every now and then you get a silver lining, and the day takes a interrupted boomerang style turn to the day, and suddenly get much better.

For instance: Something in your eBay shop finally sells – you find €2 in your pocket *that you didnt know you had* – you find out that something crappy that affects somebody you don’t particularly care for (cruel, but hey) – somebody finally reads your blog (can I get a whoop, whoop!) – you finally complete a workout where you feel like you’re not part of the story that inspired The Three Little Pigs -AKA neither pigletty nor huffing and puffing – thanks fitness helpers

And there’s your silver lining. You realise that the inside-out socks in the morning are probably not going to prevent the world from turning, and the silly little foibles are, as Twitter likes to call it, simply #FirstWorldProblems …

And just like that – feeling much better.

Smilee SmileeeSmileeee

The Big Questions, and no Answers…

Due to various things that have been happening recently – details that shall, at some stage, become more clear – mainly to me 😉 – I have been re-assessing life paths lately.

Many thoughts and ideas
Many thoughts and ideas

What’s the plan?

What to do?

Where to go?

How to do it?

How to go about it?

These are pretty big questions at any age, but the longer you leave these questions, the harder it seems the answer is to find..! Or maybe it’s just more pressure attached to questions like this the older you are…

The Big Questions...
The Big Questions…

So it’s come down to a few sub-questions of my own:

What do you enjoy?

What do you like?

What do you love?

And still more questions…

Is this feasible? (aka are any quids to be made…)

How long would this take?

How and where do I start?

And most importantly – can I do it?

Well, as you can imagine – these questions inevitably got a big pause when I asked them of myself.

So for now, these questions will have to remain, posed in the air. Paused, with a big speech bubble and a gigantic question mark.

So in the meantime, as I ponder on the more serious questions, I like to distract myself with my great loves:

Fashion – have been spending possibly more time than I should on Polyvore – dreaming mostly… My Polyvore Creations…

Music – have been obsessively listening to Emeli Sande – still not sick of that amazing voice, music and lyrics… Her writing is so insightful and mature, it’s crazy to think that she is only 26.  (Also on a tangential point – does she not have the nicest Scottish accent you have ever heard? )

The beautiful and insanely talented Emeli Sande
The beautiful and insanely talented Emeli Sande

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dance – And I have been ridiculously jealous and gobsmacked in equal measures at this little girl‘s breakdancing – unbelievable talent…  at age 6!!  

and of course my other half – he is of course, a constant source of distraction..!

Hopefully I will have a few more answers before my next post..

Until then! 🙂

S xo