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- I spent the weekend with my dad in west cork. It was just empty land, and little towns full of hippies and farmers and cute st Patrick’s day celebrations. There were some sunny days but Saturday was stormy, and I was blown about a lot, and I stood on cliffs and saw why they call in the wild Atlantic way (it’s not just alliteration, it really is wild). It made me think about place, and nature, and comfort. I had this weird longing to stay in the west and feel the storms and the sea all year long. To have beautiful sunny summers and harsh, difficult winters. It’s funny, ever since I got sick I’ve wanted comfort. I’ve longed for climates and lived that were like a hug. I’ve fantasized about living in a Mediterranean town, where the livin’ is easy. I think because I felt so fragile. I still want to spend a chunk of my life in the sun, drenched in olive oil and sweat (gross but comforting image). But I also want to be so well, so sturdy, so ALIVE, that I can live somewhere where I feel the struggle of the elements. I keep thinking about @jonnajinton and her work about sweden. Her struggle, her battles with the cold and the dark and the harsh landscape make her part of the landscape. She’s so connected to the earth because she really tools with it you know? She moves in the seasons, experiences it all. I can’t describe the almost spiritual feeling of feeling like I was on the edge of the world, feeling completely windswept and drenched, and then coming in to my barn and lighting a stove and warming up. It felt healthy, and human. As I move away from this 7 year sickness period, as I try to end it, I like imagine what health feels like. I get glimpses of it. Of what it would feel like not to think you’re so breakable. I think it would feel a lot like West Cork.
- Well sure and it wouldn’t be a proper Ireland gallery without some sheep, would it?
After all, it’s the locals that give a place its color and character, and make it so memorable to visit!
Here in a remote part of the west, the landscape is beautiful, and these locals are plentiful!🐑🐑
I had a grand time meeting them, and even tried my hand at rounding them up, but as it turns out, I’m a much better photographer than a sheep herder! They can run fast!💨