Frank Hardy Photography

Ireland …

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These photographs were made on our trip to Ireland in the summer of 2005.  I made over 1600 digital images and I shot 26 rolls of 120 b&w  with my Hasselblad.  The musician at the top is from a 120 b&w scan … the rest were shot digitally and then worked in Photoshop.   The musician was standing outside of the Pearse Street train station one morning ( I posted a photo of him earlier ),  the castle is the Kyllmore Abbey north of Gallway, the forest is outside of Blarney Castle ( and yes, I kissed the Blarney Stone ) and the crucifixion statue was a headstone in a cemetery between Kinsale and Dingle.   I have shown only a handful of all these images and I plan to post many more in the future.  If you have any questions about any of these photos or about Ireland travel in general, please ask … I will be happy to share anything with you.

In fact I am going to share two tips with you right now:

1)  Go to Walmart and buy a pack of wash cloths to take with you.  They do not use them in Europe.  I only recall two hotels having them and I think one B&B had them.  For the most part we used a hand towel to bathe with, which for me is too large.

2) If you are lost in a town, never stop in a bar to ask directions … the Irish are the friendliest,  nicest people that you will ever meet and they all want to help you, but once they start drinking, they become even harder to understand.  I would usually walk away 30 minutes later and be more confused than when I stopped.  So what I did when I needed directions, I would find a funeral home and ask directions … they were sober and they had to know their way around to go pick up the body when someone called.  I have done that several times, even in the states when I am lost, which seems like most of the time.

Those are Frank’s Travel Tips … stay tuned for more.

Written by Frank Hardy

February 8, 2011 at 8:33 am

Posted in Ireland

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