In ‘Aeolus’ Bloom leaves the offices of the Freeman’s Journal to go around to Dillon’s where he’s been told he’ll find Keyes. He sees Dilly Dedalus standing outside, her dress in tatters and imagines her diet of potatoes and margarine, indicating the poverty in which the Dedalus family live.
Places like Bachelor’s walk, along the quays and O’Connell bridge point to the huge homeless crises in Dublin right now. In this scene I really wanted to show this reality facing my city and in particular this recognisable character on the city streets. The man with the little rabbit, I think is quite poignant-not to be sentimental, but I think this really shows his sensitivity and compassion for a little creature given his situation. Some others could be cynical and say the animal is a ploy to attract people and get money, I disagree, who among us doesn’t need love? His condition made all the worse when someone grabbed the rabbit from his arms and threw it into the Liffey. The true feelings for this little creature were apparent when he frantically jumped in to rescue it, nearly drowning himself saving the rabbit. Within days, he was given a Compassionate Citizen Award for going above and beyond the call of duty to help an animal in need. The 20 year old perpetrator was duly charged.
Outside the court, Mr Byrne, who has been living on the streets for 23 years, said he was in shock when he saw his pet swimming around in circles.
“I wasn’t going to leave him there,” he said.
“I had to get him, I had to jump in to get him. Barney died in my arms. I got him under the bridge and gave him the kiss of life.” (https://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1204/356761-rabbit-liffey-john-byrne-homeless)
Outside page 2.
He is the center figure, cutting the diagonal composition. His situation or plight is echoed by the background guy at the window. The question I’m asking at each stage is where is the narrative in this piece and how does it correspond to the other images beside it?
Inside page 9.
Looking on to Bachelor’s walk from a shop window the viewer’s attention is on the girl’s gaze. It’s the same street that the homeless man passes but everything is different here, different preoccupations and the idea of disposable income. Juxtaposing these images shows the contrasting city life.
In this image, certain features like the hats are the largest, with the mannequin’s medium size and lots of smaller objects. This helps make the scene interesting and engages the viewer visually. Using different line values makes the elements stand out making it more interesting.