Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ballsbridge Mailout

The post is always about Hermes, God of communication. And here he is, on his steed. I was admiring the patina of paint and corrosion on the top of the letter box when Hermes rode up. We had a conversation about the charity run to Galway and he allowed me to take this photograph, which I am rather pleased with. It was a good opportunity but I felt I didn't have much time. There's a little bit of fill flash here because exposure of the face is difficult when its buried in a full face helmet (plus the dark glasses!). Youthful and swift, Hermes assumed the patronage of young people. He was inventive but also cunning and mischievous. He was the patron of orators and anyone involved in communication - politicians, journalists and public relations workers fall under his remit. But for all Celtic sources that can be ascertained, the messenger is a beautiful woman, who appears to a chosen one on the festival of Samain. Well, the messenger is one thing but the message is another - and Samain is in November. What's in the message? News, notifications, cheques, invoices, receipts ...