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.