Within every man there is the reflection of a woman, and within every woman there is the reflection of a man. within every man and woman there is also the reflection of an old man and an old woman, a little boy and a little girl.

Hyemeyohsts Storm


1. The inner self of an individual; the soul.

2. In Jungian psychology:
a. The unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality.
b. The feminine inner personality, as present in the unconscious of the male. It is in contrast to the animus, which represents masculine characteristics.

3. Anima \a-ni-ma\ is of Sanskrit origin, and its meaning is "infinite smallness". Hindi name derived from writings on yoga, and also refers to a petite and especially feminine physique. In Latin, it means "spirit".

4. The root source of many words such as animal, animalism, animalcule, animate, animation & animism.

Ques: Why do I call myself Anima Fotografie here on flickr?

Ans: Anima Fotografie basically translates in my mind into 'Soul Photography'. I used the German word for Photography not to be pretentious but because the flickr name 'Anima Photography' was already taken! Though it DOES look pretentious I admit! I prefer the German word anyway seeing as I am a bit of a Germanophile by nature, from experience.

I love the word 'Anima' along with it's varied meanings & connotations with which I strongly identify with. In photography as in life, I am always trying to seek out the truth. Indeed I liken photography to life, a collection of moments. I try to capture moments that interest or inspire me whenever I can, with whatever I have to hand. That's currently a Canon EOS 7D MkII. I like to photograph people places or things mainly, in low light preferably, at the right aperture, ISO & shutter speed hopefully. Imitating my prime photographic influence Henri Cartier-Bresson I try to make photos not take photos. The sincerest form of flattery! I am a PhotoShop Philistine. I do however religiously squirrel away all my RAW files for that rainy day when I may come around to it & most importantly find the time! Each to his or her own.

My motto photographically speaking is simply 'simplify'. If the image is good enough does it need any editing at all? Think of all the greatest images ever captured in history! I try to learn from those masters. My particular heroes in the history of picture taking are the Holy Trinity of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams & Joe Rosenthal. Their influence on my own particular style can never be over exaggerated. You know, don't try to be like the Buddha, be a Buddha yourself! I think it is significant that they all shot with film & in B&W. Minimal image post processing. The right composition & the right light, it's always been what Photography was & always will be about. I will never ever shoot like them but I always try to shoot like them. Digital is my medium for sheer convenience. I acknowledge the indispensable contribution to the medium made by those three individuals, in my mind's eye always. After all when you make a picture you make it almost instantaneously with the mind's eye first, with a little help from your 'outside' eye, then you press the shutter, hoping for the best. Well, that's just like, my opinion...

I am hopeful that in my picture making & life taking in general that the best is yet to come...

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring"

—Marilyn Monroe

"I shall continue to lift my face up to the last rays of sunshine"

—Sebastian Horsley

"A little hypomania (just a touch mind) works wonders for one's visual alertness & photographic sensibility, or at least so I've been told."


If I happen to die (whenever I do), alone, at sunset, with my best ever image just gone into the can, with the camera still in my hand, I think I will die a happy man.

And now the unseemly but thus far seemingly unavoidable egocentric geocentric section...

My image "Synchronisd Snacking somehow won a first place gong at The Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition back in December 2012. This image is now part of the Exhibition "100 Wonders of the World" at the Art Center Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. My images have been exhibited both nationally & internationally & appeared on TV here in Ireland. They have also been published in numerous books newspapers & magazines. Also used in numerous not for profit & commercial promotional/marketing campaigns. My images also appear on numerous commercial, online media & not for profit organisation websites & on numerous blogs.

Pretty Please do not use my work without my express permission and attribution. I own copyrights to my images except for those licensed through Getty images. You can contact me via Flickr mail or at steiner62@gmail.com

And now an excerpt from one of my favorite films...

Withnail: You've had an audition. Why can't I have an audition? It's ridiculous. I've been to drama school. I'm good-looking. I tell you, I've a fuck sight more talent than half the rubbish that gets on television. Why can't I get on television?

Marwood: Well, I don't know. It'll happen.

Withnail: Will it? That's what you say. The only programme I'm likely to get on is the fucking news...

RTE Evening News 18.8.09

Rarely my somewhat cyclothymic nature & imagination sometimes grants me what I believe to be a brief & artistically intoxicating glimpse through that gossamer veil that seperates genius from insanity. this heightened sense of awareness & wakefulness can be especially interesting when I have my camera to hand. Vincent van Gogh, I salute you!

Zu viel Farbe

Unexpected til we came & saw it
Unbelievable as soon as seen
Hit the mark despite not aiming for it
Is'nt that how things have always been?

—Bertolt Brecht

Fleeting Beauty

And the days are not full enough
And the nights are not full enough
And life slips by like a field mouse
Not shaking the grass.

—Ezra Pound

An American Sunset

That's the day I realized that
there was this entire life behind things,
and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted
me to know there was no reason to be afraid. Ever.

From "American Beauty"



The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed...
—Albert Einstein

For me photography is to place head heart and eye along the same line of sight. It's a way of life.
—Henri Cartier-Bresson

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
-—Samuel Beckett

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.
—Emily Dickinson

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning & gets to bed at night, & in between does what he wants to do.
—Bob Dylan

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

—Oscar Wilde

He put it better than I ever could, Dearest Oscar. We share the same birthday I'm proud to say - October the 16th

Some ancient Words of Wisdom we best heed in the present more than ever...

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conductive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

—Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha), 563-483 B.C.

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You can blog any of my PUBLIC pictures on flickr according to their terms of service. I'm fine with that as long as you respect my copyright on the images, credit me for the photos (the least you can do!) and link to my flickr photos page (www.flickr.com/photos/snappydessy/) as the source. Thank you for cooperating in advance, under pain of Death by Ye Olde Oirish Fairie Curse...so be nice.


Any good stuff you see in my little piece of flickr, (& the poem at the end of these words) is dedicated to the fond memory of my best friend, John (1963 - 2000). The wisest person I've known so far. He taught me how to breathe, keep things in perspective, & two of my favorite phrases - "Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo", & "Om-Mani-Padme-Hum", among other things...thanks John.

A Meeting

In a dream I meet
my dead friend. He has,
I know, gone long and far,
and yet he is the same
for the dead are changeless.
They grow no older.
It is I who have changed,
grown strange to what I was.
Yet I, the changed one,
ask: "How you been?"
He grins and looks at me.
"I been eating peaches
off some mighty fine trees."

—Wendell Berry


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    ..AVA.. says:

    "There is this powerful gravitational field that pulls me to Anima's photography. I can't pinpoint what it is, but it might be all in his perfectly chosen for this particular stream. A place full of soul, a place to stand still and reflect, a feast for the unconscious.
    I'm glad to have stumbled upon this stream."

    March 2nd, 2010

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    Aina... says:

    "An amazing photographer & friend..I love his every new picture..I love his style.
    Very very very personal and deep respect with Love... xoxo :)"

    January 7th, 2010

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    gr33ncat says:

    "He truly has a higher vision
    His photos are filled with magic and mystery and beauty
    He is one of my older flickr contacts that im kicking myself for not writing a testimonal earlier but, I guess this was the right time :)
    Desmond, I am honored to have you as a contact and look forward to seeing whats new in your stream!

    You are a beautiful being and I am glad you share yourself and your world with us!

    August 12th, 2009

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    soleá says:

    "his eye for beauty is amazing!
    a very good photographer who also has great technical skills but i think he more let his feeling overrule when he creates his art..
    (and that is the way i like it:)
    Seiner62 is one of my fav. photographers on Flickr and also one of my fav contacts here.
    Thanks for sharing your work with us!

    peace Carmen"

    December 4th, 2008

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    ©roseღ♥❀ says:

    "a brilliant mind and an excellent eye for beauty. he captures nature like he is one with it. i love all his exceptionally beautiful sunset captures. he lets you travel his part of the world as if you were riding on his shoulders,amazing person inside and out, follow his websites and blogs, you will be wonderfully amazed. he takes you to his world with beautiful music and poetic words, i can not express enough how glad i am to be a small part of his viewing audience.another place ,another time...................................................i would have loved to be in his part of the world."

    May 31st, 2008

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    flightless bird says:

    "Desmond's images translate into a spiritual poetry of art. it's nearly impossible for me to find the words that could do justice for the images found in his stream. i can only express how utterly thankful and blessed i feel to watch the world through the eyes of his lens and view the pieces of beauty captured so perfectly by him.

    Desmond, thank you so much for all of your continued support, feedback and friendship that you've given me here. I'm eternally grateful for the encouragement and inspiration that you provide to me. You're wonderful."

    April 12th, 2008

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    Izabella~ says:

    "I know you have heard this a million times~ but I had to write~ you're work is oh so strangely beautiful~ beautifully strange...I adore your passion behind each photograph!

    I feel like a small speck of dust in the comparison of your accomplishments, you are a true inspiration!

    I did read all your writings on your profile page ~Brilliant! ;)

    Curious when your book is going to be published!? lulu.com ;)"

    October 24th, 2007

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    alisonboland says:

    "I'm delighted i've had the chance to meet you prior to writing this.

    After looking through your photostream, it has become very clear to me that I haven't quite fully developed the "eye". :) I'm completely envious of your ability to arouse emotion from the simplest of subjects. You capture the essence of everything you shoot . As I've said before about your shots

    "You know a shot it's good when you want to experience it".

    Your sense of humour is endearing - would bring a smile to anyones face. A lovely, lovely person.


    October 23rd, 2007

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    DigitalLyte says:

    "With each shutter click of his camera Desmond's willingness to play, to experiment and to share his unique attitude and 'spin' on the world will delight, awe & often mesmerize you. His photographs are an experience to be felt as well as seen - I know that they inspire me to see anew, to express my own vision.

    His photostream contains diversity and depth - it is an utterly exquisite body of work that compels me to return to it time and again, discovering new Faves and revisiting a particular one that remains my all-time favorite image on flickr. Without exaggeration I can say that his images have the ability to touch you, speak to you and sing to your heart - indeed, his inspired pairing of words with imagery has on one occasion literally brought me to tears as only Music has done before.

    Desmond's eye, skill and heart enable him to create images that are able to capture those timeless qualities of the human experience in flesh and bone as well as those which are entombed in marble..."

    October 23rd, 2007

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    Metáfora says:

    "Life plants bombs.
    When they explode,
    you turn and run
    or learn to embrace their beauty."

    October 2nd, 2007

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    Jah Lovely says:

    "Desmond's work is intense...and beautiful. Each photo in his stream is a work of art that I could spend hours staring at. He is so inspiring!!"

    October 1st, 2007

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    Monica True's Photos says:

    "lots of talent and an amazing soul .. I'm a big fan of yours crazy guy, but I think I'm not alone ;-), the long testimonial list speaks for itself..keep up the excellent work my dear friend! muahhhhhhhhhhh!"

    July 30th, 2007

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    "T"eresa says:

    "always a beautiful balance in nuance and focal emphasis, truly powerful displays of spacial atmosphere, absolutely love the contrasts with statuary. thankyou .T"

    May 23rd, 2007

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    soisunbabe says:

    "Hello dear Paddy!!! I love your work!! You make your work wondervoll!
    Your photos are brilliant!!
    You are very creativity!!!! Many Kisses*** A i hug you! :-)
    Make further in such a way and remain as you are!!! Fantastic!!! Loves greet of SOI ;-)"

    May 14th, 2007

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    Wind LaSS says:

    "ALthough a deep sombre feeL ruNs through most of Steiner62s imaGes-oNe is conSumed by enchanTing forms in ghostLy 'BLack-whiTe and greY;' wheRe BeautifuL worDs may finD their pLayground......

    It is ofTen "as SiLent as the shaDows"but sTill it maNages to Transcend this,our physicaL reaLm to transPorT us inTo a worLd of beWitching harMony......ThanKyou for the insPiraTion and FriendshiP"

    April 25th, 2007

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    amybjmt says:

    "steiner seems like a very fun person, with a great profile, and yes, I read it all the way through, but most of all he takes beautiful photos that evoke great feeling. thanks steiner!"

    February 22nd, 2007

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    jessie~ "global non-compliance" says:

    "steiner makes statues come to life through photography... i think if you can do that or take a decent photo of a piece of fruit you are a great photographer.... and i'm not just saying this because he lusts after me..."

    February 15th, 2007

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    John Magnet Bell, Wearing a Red Tie says:

    "When I look at Steiner's work, two words come to mind: "Light" and "Spirit". They carry worlds of meaning within them.

    His photography is about transfiguration. He does not just take pictures, he truly expresses himself.

    Now here are two good reasons to enjoy his work on Flickr."

    February 11th, 2007

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    ♪Mean Mister Mustard♫ says:

    "Dez is an interesting fellow, to say the least. Check out his profile... the longest ever! When you put a unique mind behind a camera, you get an interesting vision of what it is like to be the mighty Steiner62. Join with me in hoisting a cup to an unusual fellow living in unusual times!"

    December 4th, 2006

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    sunny-drunk says:

    "The worst Photographer I've ever seen.
    One day when he trades in his instamatic and gets one of those "Digital Thingys"...............he may improve.
    Until then.................forget No 62 and have a look at a proper photographer.................."Sunny_Drunk"(no number).........I thank you!!!!"

    November 17th, 2006

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    _Paula AnDDrade says:

    "Steiner is a Great Photographer, his pics are so beautiful, it is a pleasure to go through his stream!
    He also has a nice sense of humor and seems to be such a good person!
    I'm very glad we've met!
    Hopefuly we will click together someday! :o)"

    November 4th, 2006

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    peke_cheeks says:

    "My dearest Yeswell, Listen evey of my Flickr Friends.

    This person has Got Soul... Trully.

    Look at the following pictures

    1 Halloween Sunset
    2 The "Enterprise" Cloud in near Earth orbit at Sunset.
    3 Blue Time
    4 Life during Wartime
    5 Goodbye Ruby Tuesday Sunset.


    Yeswell is My BIGGEST Fan. and I challenge all of you to disagree with me.

    All my love and best


    October 24th, 2006

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    yolanda_s19 says:

    "What can I say about you, Desmond, that hasn’t already been said? OK, enough procrastinating, here goes, whether or not it’s been said already it bears repeating. What I see through your work and our conversations is a genuinely compassionate, friendly, artistic, sensitive, intelligent, generous (Thank you for gifting me with a Pro account!) and very funny man with a quick wit. Did I say handsome? (^_^)

    Everything happens for a reason and there are no coincidences, no chance encounters. My life has been enriched through your friendship.

    Live consciously.

    Hugs from across the pond!


    September 24th, 2006

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    Therese Mac an Airchinnigh says:

    "Hmm, some testimonials to compete with... Well, what can be said only Turner be warned! There are some truly sublime images in The Steiner's repertoire, thought-provoking and really rather wonderful!!! :-)"

    August 26th, 2006

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    sam j rollo says:

    "when i first met Steiner62, also known as Desmond, i actually had to look up the word "anima". u know what, i was impressed! which led me to take a closer look at his photos. well, i gotta tell ya, this Desmond character finds some very out of the way, not your obvious places to take photographs (have a look see for yourself) .....making him one of the more unique artists around Flickr. i really dig his style, he's got it going on. even more than just photography, D, has wit, charm, and a sense of humour, that make him a class act. i'm happy to call him friend!"

    July 17th, 2006

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    Space Needle says:

    "Space Needle

    ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♪♪"

    June 28th, 2006

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    ESOX LUCIUS says:

    "One couldn’t come up with a better name for this stark raving mad Irish image omnivore: Desmond Canon. He even has the matching camera. I was told his great-great-great-grandfather founded the ocular business when Japan was still in its teens. We have seen Desmond Canon x-rayed, x-rated and exaggerated and still this is only the beginning. Once Desmond will stop taking his medication, there is no telling what will happen within the Flickr community. This hyperbolic contact collector with a fierce image output might in the end very well prove to be the undoing of Flickr’s meta-servers. We are having a massage, a streaming massage: make way for the animal for he is way beyond us already. Take a regular but limited daily dose of his stream and make sure to build in some mental moments of unwinding. Xanax will help (I’m back to 1,3 milligrams per day now). The rest is up to the Anima Mundi."

    June 15th, 2006

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    snack happy says:

    "There's a new favourite in every bag of Steiner's !!
    Like your style, man, you have all the angles covered"

    May 8th, 2006

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    Kerry Reed says:

    "It is always a pleasure to see what you come up with. I have to say you are my most entertainingly wacky contact. Never know where you might be coming from! I enjoy your sense of humor, your soft side, your ability to see and share.

    April 4th, 2006

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    monkeyc.net says:

    "The thing that gets me about Desmond is that hes not afraid to do something different and unique - he doesnt just take good images he's willing to treat them as a canvas to work from and to try anything in the pursuit of a unique form of art.

    His images are always interesting, always show great thought and a relentless eye for something out of the ordinary, it makes his work fun to look at and never boring, and to cap it all hes a friendly guy always willing to offer a suggestion or a thought. What more can you ask for? Oh and hes irish as well, perfect race for an artist really !"

    March 29th, 2006

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    Nells Photography says:

    "Hmmm....writing a testimonial about my Flickrfriend Steiner....Well...I'm not such a great speaker as Steiner is...I mean ..look at this man's profile..;-)....In Holland we say he's "prettig gestoord" - How do I translate this so he can understand too? - He really shows that he 's got a lot of humor which you also can find back in his pictures and his comments too...always willing to improve his pictures,eager to learn and getting better everytime...His photostream is very diverse...from far away to very personal....He takes you on a journey from far outer space to the bones inside his body ! This man is a very creative mind...check also his new website soon..think he's gonna surprise us all....His secret life...Tickets available now....Let's all get boarding.... ;-)
    Greetzzzz Nell"

    March 25th, 2006

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    Domain Barnyard says:

    "For my flickr friend, Steiner62, I thank you for showing me your vision, through your photos.You have taught me about fractals, and how we are all connected! You have opened my eyes to "out of the box" thinking. I hope that everyone will take your journey, and view your photostream! It will show you the bigger picture of life! "The Purpose of Life is a Life With Purpose", and that is Steiner62!"

    March 17th, 2006

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    j3lehane says:

    "Hey Steiner,you solved a mystery for me because looking at your Chandra pic I see that I was only partly right in the case of modeling black holes for Nasa/Jpl/Star Trek 1987.I went for more of a flattened disk in my drawings,and requested they show the sketches to Stephen Hawking ,who inspired them,and have him cameo as himself on Star Trek.I helped find life on Mars.There are people who look European,wear clothes and hats.Peace,buddy...great pics you have there.Jerry"

    February 4th, 2006

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    Rthee says:

    "To the Steiner62,

    Now Duck Dodgers. Well let us begin from the very beginnings, of all beginnings...err, okay I am just wasting space.

    This fella is sort of an Alien. I believe it to be so, his Mother planet, is actually Mars. He waits, and sees as the rest of us are fascinated by it, trying to discover more and more of it, only laughing behind our backs. He knows the truth, I tells ya!

    Not only is he an Alien, but he's a nature freak. Alright, maybe not a freak, but appreciates it well enough, and captures it pretty darn brilliantly.

    What else? Mm, loves his family, enjoys time with his friends - with a good beer of course - and always brings us in on the adventure!

    If you want to meet someone new and funny and full of probably more information than needed, then come on down! It will be a fun adventure, definitely.

    Cheers to you Steiner-sixty-two.

    You are awesome."

    January 14th, 2006

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    Aytena says:

    "very fine work,full of sensations, expresions moods, harmony of light, beautifully composed and full of lovely details. glad to have run into your work and intend to return and see more"

    January 11th, 2006

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