I was in the UK and Ireland for a while. I went for a family holiday and stayed a while longer to work on some documentary photography related to Brexit. I think I got some decent images. Are they cohesive overall? Will they mean anything to or resonate with anyone other than me? I’m not sure. I’m just about finished assembling a Magcloud (Blurb) digest (think zine or photo book), so we’ll see.

I know I want to continue with projects like that. I need to get a lot more efficient, though. I wasted too much daylight by doing the photography admin tasks at the wrong times. And there are a lot of tasks. But travel is expensive. Get out the door. I also need to reconsider lodging options.

I was in Sligo, Ireland for about a week. It’s a beautiful area and town. It’s not hard to see why Yeats loved it. (I will almost certainly double check that later – the Smiths song always makes me mix up Keats and Yates.) I wanted to visit some of the border areas, and Sligo offered a chance to get my bearings and see my cousin Leo. I made it to Belleek and Ballyshannon, but I’m kicking myself for not having rented a car and visiting other border communities. The border’s a sticking point in the Brexit negotiations. I haven’t heard anyone say that a return to a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would be a good thing. Well, Seamus at the Black Cat Cove in Belleek had a good point (paraphrased) –

Someone will make money. Someone always makes money. Smugglers will be happy.

Here are a few photos from Sligo. Most of these aren’t in the zine because they didn’t tie in with the project.


Sligo, from the window of the Sligo City Hotel, October 2019.

Sligo, from the window of the Sligo City Hotel, October 2019.


Sligo, a night at Thomas Connolly. I forgot to get the name of the band. Inexcusable.

Sligo, a night at Thomas Connolly. I forgot to get the name of the band. Inexcusable.


Sligo, October 2019.

Sligo, October 2019.


Sligo, October 2019.

Sligo, October 2019.


Sligo, October 2019.

Sligo, October 2019.


Craic Addicts at The Swagman, Sligo, October 2019.

Craic Addicts at The Swagman, Sligo, October 2019.


Craic Addicts at The Swagman, Sligo, October 2019.

Craic Addicts at The Swagman, Sligo, October 2019.


Craic Addicts at The Swagman, Sligo, October 2019.

Craic Addicts at The Swagman, Sligo, October 2019.


The friendly folks behind the bar at The Swagman. Really liked that place. I got their veggies+rice dish twice. Ok, it might not be all that Irish of a meal, but it sure hit the spot.

The friendly folks behind the bar at The Swagman. Really liked that place. I got their veggies+rice dish twice. Ok, it might not be all that Irish of a meal, but it sure hit the spot.


My cousin Leo. Thanks for the walk, chat, and coffee Leo.

My cousin Leo. Thanks for the walk, chat, and coffee Leo.