It’s a funny old world in general and in particular it’s a funny old social media world. I doubt that on a macro level the full impact of social media in its multitudinous forms on our lives is anywhere near fully understood: on a micro level I don’t fully comprehend the impact of social media as I engage with it on my own life. Case in point: Dublin’s Pigeon House (not) and my *Instagram feed.
What you may ask (if you don’t live in Dublin) is the Pigeon House. That’s a question to which I have only recently discovered the correct answer because for the whole of my life thus far I believed that the tall twin needle like red and white industrial towers you see in the image above were collectively known as The Pigeon House. They are, in fact, part of the now decommissioned Pigeon House generating station and the real and original Pigeon House is actually a building next to these towers.
BTW the real Pigeon House has nothing to do with pigeons but is thus called according to a piece I found on the Dublin City website ‘ … after a man called John Pidgeon. Around 1760 he was a caretaker of a storehouse used by the builders of the Great South Wall. John Pidgeon started selling refreshments, tea, cakes and lemonade at his storehouse to passengers of the packet ships travelling from England and Europe.’
Before I started using Instagram I was only dimly aware of the iconic stripey towers but post signing up for the photo sharing service I began to notice them much more from the very many places that they are visible from in Dublin and I photographed them regularly for my Instagram feed. In fact I have become mildly fascinated by them and love seeing how these seemingly immutable structures take on a changed look when they are cloaked by different types of weather and light.
Now, the reason I think it’s a funny old social media world is that when I signed up for Instagram and started posting images to my feed I used to wonder if it was all a bit mindless. But hey presto after a short while I realized that my engagement with Instagram made me a deal more observant of my surroundings and more interested in them and I started to be curious about lots of things that had barely impinged on my consciousness before. Not just the Pigeon House but all sorts of things such as: the ever-changing sky, interesting doors, the shifting seascape, the sinking sun …
We learn in many and mysterious ways.
*Note: My Instagram feed is here.and the most recent pictures from it appear in the blog’s sidebar.