In the three years that I’ve been blogging I’ve received lovely comments and emails from people around the world who took the time to write some kind words to me. Each one is appreciated and fills my heart up. Thank you, all of you, your words mean worlds to me.
Some of the nicest notes I’ve gotten are from those of you who are not from Ireland, but through visits or learning about this place have fallen in love with our little country. It’s always amazing how much power a photograph can hold, unlocking strong emotions in those of us who feel so connected to this place and its people.
There’s a lot of love out there for our land, and I’m bowled over that even a simple photo can open up that joy and sense of belonging. In my photography I try to portray the beauty that I see in my everyday Ireland, whether it’s leaves fallen on a Dublin footpath or a misty dawn in the Tipperary countryside. It touches me deeply that some of those photos may unlock a similar sense of magic for anyone else.
Because I’m steeped in living here, I don’t quite know what it’s like to hold such a deep love for this place and to not be able to be here. I have some sense of what it feels like, the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry awakens similar emotions in me. The landscape there is full of a certain kind of magic that I haven’t experienced elsewhere in Ireland. Photos from Kerry fill me with a deep longing to go back there and fill up with that magic. I feel refreshed and at home there like nowhere else.
What I want to learn about now is what you think about Ireland. Not just those of you who love Ireland from abroad, but also those of you who live here. I want to create a post from your own words and thoughts on what it is that draws you here or keeps you here. Leave a comment or send an email, and leave a link to your own blog (or particular post) so that I can include a link when I write about it.
Looking forward to reading your thoughts and experiences!