Instead, the themes I explore (history, politics, culture) in my photographs over the next few posts are more like distillations, a focused way to share my experiences in Ireland - and to share something of my interests. And yes, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland - the whole of the Emerald Isle - it is all one here, for my purpose.
29 April 2013 -
The overwhelming sense of History here is rich and deep. Everywhere it is linked directly with the present, and manifestations of this bond abound. So steeped is the landscape and the culture in overlapping layers of long history, recent memory, and the vivid present, that I'm still reeling from the experience.
Following each thread of history, culture, politics, and economics weaving across any place one finds oneself in - which is nothing to say of the personal and family level context of these things, gleaned from the incredibly warm interactions with the Irish I was blessed to meet - is a nigh impossible task. It was only by accepting the Whole of a place, while constantly overcome with awe, that, as I wound my way across these few short stretches of Ireland, I was able to calm myself, slow down, and enjoy - and take a few photos!
Clearly a centerpiece of the Hill of Tara complex, Lia Fail - the Stone of Destiny! - is a relic of an ancient age when features on the land and their relationships to the people and nature were imbued with divinity and held in reverence.
Despite what some of the more visible social norms and mores may intimate today, the strong and nurturing image of the Woman has been - and remains! - a keystone to the vitality and pride of all the Celtic peoples. Respectively, statue near St. Stephens Green (left) and Kilmainham Gaol Museum (right). Dublin, Ireland.
The rapid pace and short period of (relatively, as I'm reminded when I'm in Europe) recent change - from one long and slow-developing era carried out in Ireland's rural economies, to a rapidly industrializing one in the urban areas - has helped frame the social, economic, and political context for the forms of the political struggles in Ireland.
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