Photos of the Day: Timoleague Abbey

I am still looking back over photos I took 2 years ago, I have thousands to go until I am up to date! These ones are from our tour of the the west coast of Ireland (Counties Cork and Kerry) in September / October 2018.

Timoleague Abbey was one of the first abbeys we visited in Ireland, it was where we first discovered their practice of using ruined abbeys (both inside and out) as burial grounds even into the modern day.

Throwback to Ireland 2018

In this time of weirdness and lack of travel, I have taken the opportunity to start going through my photos from previous years. You know the ones that get taken then sidelined when real life gets in the way for a while… we all have them!

I had to start somewhere, so I started in 2018. The first batch I went through were the ones from my day trip to Bristol, I have already told you about those

Now I have started on the ones I took while I was out in our little red camper van in Ireland on the first leg of the Wild Atlantic Way. I did attempt some landscapes while I was there, the scenery was so spectacular I had to… but as we know they are not my strongest suit so there are a fair few alternative photos mixed in.

The ones I am going to show you here are from the first few days of the trip. There will, undoubtedly, be more to come.

These were all taken with my Nikon D90.

A day trip to Bristol

Way back in 2018, there was a photography exhibition in Bristol that I really wanted to see. It was an exhibition at the Martin Parr foundation of some of the Magnum Swaps photos by David Hurn. David Hurn is a British photographer born in Wales and who became an member of Magnum in the 1960s and is considered one of the UK’s most influential reportage photographers. Over his career as a photographer he set up a unique arrangement where he swaps one of his favorite prints with that of another photographer. It started as a cheeky request as a young photographer and has grown into an extensive collection of extremely interesting photos from some of the worlds best photographers. If you want to know more there is a brilliant article here: Magnum Swaps

It is one of those things that you just have to go to see. Even if you have to drive 4 hours each way in a day. The opportunity to see these photos and hear they story behind the swap is not going to coma along that often, and 4 hours driving is not *that* much…

So up I got and off I went, finding my way across the country to the Paintworks area of Bristol where the Martin Parr Foundation gallery is situated. The gallery is a little off the beaten track, well, it appeared to be from a non-locals perspective, but once I found it, the exhibition was well worth it! The photos were (as expected) extremely interesting and varied, and (unexpectedly) there was a copy of one of the most influential photos from when I was growing up.

That photo taken in Tienanmen square. The one entitled Tank Man. That on its own was worth the journey. I didn’t take very many pictures in the gallery its self, it is not really on taking detailed photographs of other people’s work, just one or two from a distance, to remind me I was there 🙂

I did, of course take my camera with me that day, and the area around the gallery provided me with a couple of interesting shots…