I am one of the few people I know who unreservedly praises our
local shopping mall. If the recession ever lifts, it is set to
become the largest in Europe, but at the moment it remains in
that strange hybrid state of old and new. The main Dundrum Centre
is a thriving and sparkly clean hub of pleasant activity.
Down the road, the gaping emptyness of the 1980s shopping centre
I'm interested in all of this because, thanks to joining the
Photography group at Boards.ie, I had set myself a little project
to document life around these areas, from time to time.
A walk to the shops is one of the most banal of activities,
not one you would normally associate with stress.
However, having been asked to stop photographing the fountains at
the Dundrum Centre has made me stop and think.
It was explained that I can ask for permission to take photos,
which seems reasonable. However, there is an inherent lack of
logic in a society that photographs me daily on short circuit
camera and does not allow me to return the compliment...