Time Flies When You Are Missing Ireland

I went to Ireland about three months ago now (wow, it’s been that long?) and I finally got the money around to getting the rolls from my trip developed. I shot everything using my precious fuji natura classica (bless that camera’s little soul.) I spent two and a half weeks in the Burren, where I studied and made work at the Burren College of Art.

We then spent a few days in Dublin before heading back to the United States. This was my second time in Dublin, but my first time visiting the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA, as in, IMMA look at some hella rad art.) We also went to the Natural History Museum, where we saw one of the highlights of my trip, the bog bodies. Holla.

I can’t wait to travel again. I make photos all of the time, but they are so constructed. It feels good to just go out and take pictures without having to think too much or contemplate concepts or piece together a thesis. I’m already looking forward to my next adventure, whatever that may be.

Happy Shooting!

Ireland: Yes I Did Dress My Friend as a Rainbow Fairy

Whenever I travel overseas, I try to do a photo project with the place I am traveling to in mind. This time, for Ireland, I was thinking about two things: fairies and rainbows. So, I dug through my closet and pulled out my collection of rainbow things and made my fantasy a reality.

Shout out to Carissa for donning the ridiculous awesome outfit for the shoot. You da real MVP.

So this happened. And it was wonderful. Carrying this stuff across an ocean was totally worth it.

Happy Shooting!

Ireland: Adventuring Around the Burren & the Coast

Life is good, my friends. My first week in Ireland has been wonderful, and I’ve visited all kinds of places. I took a hike to Gleninagh castle, where there was a gorgeous holy well. I also went to the super old tomb at Poulnabrone Dolmen, which was constructed in 2800 BC, Kilfenora, Lahinch, and the Cliffs of Moher.

We took an extra companion with us to keep us energized– my main man Stanley. Good looking out, Stan. Also my little aquatic bug friend, who I gave a heavenly glow filter to, because he was like a sea-rollie-pollie, and those guys are great.

I also finally saw my rainbows! Like, five. It was amazing and I’m so happy.

Life is good, mes amis.

Poulnabrone was especially crazy. The tomb has been there since 2800 BC, and there were 27 bodies excavated from it. Wow wow wow. The other crazy thing was that our little group and a tour bus pulled up to visit it. How weird is it that we are so interested in a few rocks pushed together, and death? Why are we so into this?

One of the more profound moments of my trip so far was our stop at St. Brigid’s Holy Well. We were only there maybe ten minutes, but the experience of being there was eerie, sad, but at the same time welcoming.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” There were pieces of fabric tied to the trees, hair ties, offerings of toys.

Inside the well was even more emotional, with the funerary cards tucked in crevices, rosaries, photographs of babies and children, more toys, poems.

I’m not sure if the children are deceased or if their loved ones wish for them to be blessed and protected. Either way, it’s somber.

This trip is going by so fast. It feels like my time in the studio is going by even faster, if that’s at all possible. So, I better get back to work– I have to have something to show for this trip, other than rainbow emojis over landscapes.

Happy Shooting!

 

Ireland: I Want My Rainbow

I’ve been here for four days now, and no rainbow. Call me impatient, but dangit, I want my ray of glorious colors! I live for rainbows! And I want my Irish rainbow!

I went on a long walk the other day, (my body hates me,) and there were, of course, no rainbows. I joked with my friend that I would put rainbows in my own photos.

Welp. I crossed an entire ocean to put emojis on my images.

You know what these gorgeous landscapes need? Emojis.

Ladies and gents, I am an artist. That is my excuse for this ridiculousness. But the walk was lovely, even if we walked for five hours. We walked to a castle along the coastal road, and of course I took a lot of pictures, all of which still need to be processed. So in the meantime, here are some more emojis:

This weekend is bound to be full of adventure. I’ll be returning to the Cliffs of Moher for the second time in my life, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some clear, fog-less weather. Cairns and crypts are on our to-do list as well, and who knows what other adventures. All I know is a lot of picture making will happen.

Happy Shooting!

Ireland: Burren Beauty

Greetings from the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, which is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I will be in the Burren for three weeks, exploring this unique Irish landscape. The Burren is a special place, with different limestone and rock formations by the sea. Read more about it here, mostly because I’m far too lazy to do all the explanation myself.

The Burren College of Art is part of an old castle, so yeah, I’m going to school in a castle for the next three weeks. I don’t mean to brag, but… Get on my level. OH WAIT YOU CAN’T BECAUSE I’M IN A CASTLE. #bye

So, for the next almost month, I’ll be here making art in my own studio space. I’m really looking forward to what kind of breakthroughs I will have and what kind of art I will produce.

But now, what you’re really here for: the photos.

I took all these babies on my iPhone. My favorite is the shot I took from the plane when leaving Chicago. Next favorite is my friend and classmate Jess, looking out one of the windows in the Castle. And yes, that is some dank mold growing on that table with the wine glass. Delicious.

Now I must get back to work. Keep an eye out for a new post nearly everyday about my adventures here.

Happy Shooting!

Musings of a Weary Traveller

I took a Fuji Instax Wide camera with me to London with two projects in mind: the project with the photos within photos (which I’m still editing- I seriously have like 20 left,) and the one I’m about to show you.

I found this travel photo diary at a thrift store, and the gears clicked into place. Before this discovery, I was anticipating just using the instant photos for the above mentioned project and then put them in a box somewhere. But, the album inspired this series instead.

I was initially going to say that the dialogue comes from an anonymous character I made up, but really I just sat around, brooding over something deep to say. Some of these things I thought while I was experiencing the scene. Others, I just tried to remember what it was like and what kinds of thoughts could be spurred from it. Each image and phrase across from it is connected- in some, the parallel is apparent, while in others… not so much.

I still have a ridiculous amount handful of photos to edit from the trip, and I still have to mail some film off, so I’m not done yet! The semester has officially started, I have my first photography project, and I’m in the process of applying for grad schools and jobs. Here’s to a good rest of the year! It’s bound to be productive.

and, of course, Happy Shooting.

Natura[l] Ireland

The results are in! My roll of Fuji Natura Classica film came back un-fogged, which I was extremely worried about since TSA staff in both London and Dublin denied me a hand-check on my film. Hallelujah! Praise Jesus! Yay! I was so livid each and my friends had to hear me complain about it for a good ten minutes each time, but all is well and they are troopers for hearing me rant about it. Thanks guys, thanks.

These are pictures from my various adventures across the Irish island, including my escapades in the city of Dublin both day and night, my Northern Ireland adventures in the Dark Hedges, Giant’s Causeway, and the lovely little Irish town on the cliff side, and our hostel hallway and dormitory. Good times, good times.

A few weeks ago I posted about being nervous while taking photographs, and though I’ve moved past it quite a bit, I had a moment when I went to get these developed. I needed a friend to come with me to drop them off and pick them up, so I delayed getting these developed by two days. Whoops. I’m just gonna say that I had a good couple of weeks of totally creepin’ on people and snapping away anxiously but with reckless abandon, so it was bound to catch up with me anyways. And there was that photo specialist who looks like a mob boss who kinda sorta maybe intimidated me last time geez Al Pacino go back to America. But, c’est la vie! Gotta keep on keepin’ on!

I’m off to Bath, Glastonbury, Avebury, and Stonehenge this weekend, so expect, as usual, some shots.

blahblahblahhappyshootingandallthatblah!