Opportunity Knocks.

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If your reading this blog post then I need your help.  I have been working on an ongoing documentary project on Knock, Co. Mayo.  It will go on for years and years but above you will see a sample of the images so far.  In a fit of madness I entered it into a photography competition.  I wasn’t expecting to get very far but I have one of the highest votes from the general public so far.  I have 1 week left before voting closes.  I need your vote!  Please!  You can see the entry Here and also vote at the top of the page.  If I win I will have an opportunity to show my work at an exhibition in Paris.

Knock is a Marian Shrine, the virgin Mary is said to have appeared on the gable wall of the church in the 1879.  Today it is a place of pilgrimage for all sorts of people.  Why did I choose Knock?  Well I have a personal story, a memory.  When I was about 10 years of age I was fascinated by the rituals, the magic around Roman Catholicism.  I wanted to be a priest.  The past as they say is a foreign country.  As a child you believe what adults tell you.  Winning a place on a school trip to Knock I was one of a few kids to represent their class.  I was so excited. As well as the day off school I was looking forward to seeing something a miracle perhaps??  Anyway I remember the bus journey and not a lot else now but I remember was the holy water.  Holy water is the cure-all panacea of the church.  I must have been told to bring some home and went in search of a sacred spring, special plastic bottle in hand to get my share of the sacred salve.  I was surprised, confused by the ordinary, everyday faucets that the water was dispensed from, they looked exactly the same as those in our bathroom at home.  How could the sacred remedy come from such ordinary plumbing?  Of course I was enlightened by someone who told me that these ordinary bathroom fixtures and this ordinary tap water was changed via transubstantiation by the priest’s blessing.  Doubt came dropping slow.

Thank you for you vote and for reading my story.

About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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