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Faces of the Emerald Isle

My Photo scholarship 2010 entry

Worldwide | Friday, 15 October 2010 | 5 photos

I visited Ireland last year and immediately fell in love with it. It is a magical place where you can see ancient earth forts, signs advertising Guinness on the walls of stone towers, music of harp or violin on every street corner and a rainbow or two every day; all next to modern cities of steel, glass and concrete. It is a nation with a wealth of history, clinging to its past while facing an uncertain future as it deals with immigration issues and tries to withstand the pressure of the Great Financial Crisis. I have attempted to show this in my photos.

The first photo of the Hag’s Head rock formation near the Cliffs of Moher represents the Irish pagan mythological past, the second a leader of the struggle against the more recent British occupation. These are its past. The third and the fourth represent the present and show how the Irish musical tradition serves to earn a meal and shelter after the GFC and a symbol of the immigration tensions that plague Ireland respectively. The last photo shows the harp, the ancient Irish symbol and the guitar a more modern instrument, played in harmony by two Irish musicians who sell CDs of traditional Irish music for euros, the symbol of Ireland’s membership to the European Union and the future it represents.

Why should I be chosen? Well, I enjoyed doing this assignment and I would like to learn to do it more professionally. I believe that I may have a talent for photography and writing that, with time and the right opportunity, might be honed into a career. I am an outdoors person who loves traveling and trying new things be it a dish or a dance and I would rather earn my living doing this than by working in a 9-5 job. If I can get this opportunity, I would give heart and soul to it because I would never lose my passion for this.

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