Written & Photographed by Colleen MacMillan
I traveled to Ireland last summer to attend a workshop taught by Christina Blanarovich & Julie Paisley. My grandfather immigrated from Ireland in his youth and I’ve always had a passion for traveling there. Before and after the workshop I was able to spend time in Dublin on my own. I stayed with two different and wonderful AirBnB hosts while in Dublin and loved walking around the city exploring and finding interesting spots. During my wanderings, I found some great local coffee shops and drank my weight in tea. I also found this wonderful store Jam Art Factory, which features Irish artists. I wanted to buy the whole store! The museums are a must while in Dublin and the national ones are free. Some of my favourite places to eat were; Gallaghers Boxty House, Market Bar and The Stag’s Head.
I had my very first, and second, Guinness at the Guinness Brewery. It was cool to see the history of the brand and the view from the Gravity Bar is superb! The day my friends and I visited, there was a live local band performing and we could have listened to them play all day.
While in Sligo for the workshop, we stayed at Coopershill House where the owner Simon, his family and staff took the best care of us. Home cooked meals made with local ingredients, beautiful grounds to explore and photograph. I have never ate so well in my life.
My favourite spot in Ireland has to be the Hill of Tara. Tara is rich with history and according to tradition, was the seat of the High King of Ireland. It’s a magical place and it’s easy to imagine the Tuatha Dé Danann walking around the lush ground.
Camera | Canon 1V & Mamiya 645AF
Lab | The FIND Lab
Film | Portra 400, Ektar 100 and Fuji 400
I am a digital and film family photographer based in CT. My photography revolves around my love of children, motherhood and families. I’m passionate about capturing real lasting moments between families.
When not shooting you can find me with family, drinking tea, in the darkroom or watching Doctor Who.
Website | www.colleenmacmillan.net
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