Monday, August 24, 2009

Offerings #1

Grave side offerings to remember the dead.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wasp inside a strip light

Wasp inside a strip light

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kneel & Pray

Although the sentiment is a bit over the top, I really like the composition.

Strung Meanchy essay on the BBC

Delighted that the essay has done this well. It was selected for the your portfolio feature in the 'In Pictures' section of the BBC website.

You can find it here

Monday, August 17, 2009

Beautiful girl and her mother

Beautiful girl and her mother
I met them outside a Khmer Temple in Siem Reap. The mother sold water and soda to thirsty tourists.

American weapons and petals

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lanna Muay Thai essay on

Hands are getting heavy

You can find the essay here

Dead #1

Dead #1

Standing against the Atlantic at dusk

One of the benefits of living in Ireland is you have miles upon miles of majestic and rugged Atlantic coastline. Here in Mayo, we are blessed with places Downpatrick Head (Pictured). I like how you can see the curvature of the Earth.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Croagh Patrick

Unexpectedly I ending up climbing Croagh Patrick on the weekend. Located near Westport in Mayo this is the holy mountain were St Patrick cast the Snakes out of Ireland. Its actually a pagan site of Sun Worship, as twice a year the Sun appears to roll down the northern face.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Virgin and the Mórrígan

Virgin and the Mórrígan #3

This statue is located in Foxford, County Mayo. I noticed that Crows liked to perch on the Virgin's shoulder and halo, which reminded me of the story of the death of Cú Chulainn the Irish Hercules/Achilles. Wherein the enemy forces of the Queen Maeve of Connacht only knew Cú Chulainn was dead when a crow settled on his shoulder. The Crow was the Goddess Mórrígan. She is associated with sovereignty, prophecy, war, and death on the battlefield. She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors.

The Morrígan is often considered a triple goddess. Sometimes she appears as one of three sisters, the daughters of Ernmas: the Morrígan, the Badb and Macha.

Anyway, I liked the juxtaposition of Goddesses in this image and that the Virgin statue is quite distressed, it adds to Celtic concept of the hidden or unseen world existing in tandem with the seen

Virgin and The Mórrígan #2