Coombe exhibition is Dublin's Fair City like you've never seen before
A PENSIVE Patrick Kavanagh, the historical Christchurch building and the overall modernity of the capital’s Spire. It’s Dublin’s Fair City like you’ve never seen it before.
These images and more form ‘Within A Stone’s Throw’, a collaborative exhibition of photographs by Dr Chris Fitzpatrick, former Master of the Coombe and well known professional photographers, Jim and Seamus Travers in the Coombe Hospital Education Centre.
‘Within A Stone’s Throw’ aims to represent the rich history of the Coombe neighbourhood and it all started with a simple photograph.
“The photograph that started it all was the birthplace of George Bernard Shaw, who was born in 1856 at what is now 33 Synge Street,” Dr Chris Fitzpatrick.
“His delivery was attended by a former Master of the hospital Dr John Ringland and it struck me that within a stone’s throw of our doorstep was a rich and vibrant heritage with fragments of the past still evident in the present.”
The original photographs to be exhibited were captured with an old, but trusted, Instamatic and later an iPhone.
Photographer Jim Travers said his job of a photographer is to capture something to preserve it.
“As photographers, we try and capture what can be missed in the blink of an eye and preserve it forever,” he said.
“An area like the Coombe possesses such a strong cultural history and the opportunity to capture that on camera was impossible to resist.”
The exhibition opens Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in the Coombe Hospital Education Centre.
It is part of an ongoing commitment to art within the hospital and will be officially opened by Dr Robert Ballagh.