Lens Culture Street Photography Awards 2020

This is my entry for the Lens Culture Street Photography Awards 2020. The man sitting is Tom Neachtain and as you can see is fond of an afternoon refreshment. Sadly after a few months of meeting and photographing Tom, he was diagnosed with Alzheimers and is now on the 7up in a nursing home. His friend Shay Rooney a local carpenter and occasional actor is seen chatting with Tom. Unfortunately I didn’t get the name of the cat as it was just passing through .

Eze Village

This fascinating village in the French Riviera extending from the Mediterranean sea to the hilltop with a medieval village. Its Jardin botanique d’Eze was created after WW11 on a chateaus ruins by town mayor André Gianton and Jean Gastaud of the Jardin Exotique de Monaco. It is sited on a steep terrain falling over 400 meters to the sea with panoramic views of the coast, and known for its impressive collection of cactus and succulents from the Mediterranean region, Africa, and the Americas.

The oldest building in the village is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix and dates back to 1306. Members of the lay order of the White Penitents of Èze, were in charge of giving assistance to plague victims, who would hold their meetings there. The shape of the bell-turret is an indication that the village once belonged to the Republic of Genoa. A series of sculptures, Earth Goddesses, by Jean-Philippe Richard is interspersed among the cacti and succulents, as well as the castle ruins. Each sculpture is accompanied by a plaque with an enigmatic message. The first sculpture, Justine or Isis, commemorates the Egyptian goddess of fertility who some people credit with giving her name to the village of Eze.

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A fleeting visit to Kiltimagh and Knock

Alteration of Kiltimagh, Irish Coillte Mach (older Mághach), the name of a country town in Co. Mayo.” The word “culchie” is derived from the Irish word “coillte”, the plural of coill, the Irish word for “wood”, an area of growing trees. It was used, mainly in Mayo and Galway, by townspeople as a condescending reference to people from rural areas. It came into use in Dublin in the mid sixties as a counter to the country people’s use of the word “Jackeen” for Dublin people. Once referred to ‘The drinking Mecca of the west’! Although Kiltimagh has been blighted by emigration with many pubs and shops now closed down, it has retained its community spirit.

Then A quick diversion to the infamous Knock shrine .