I only came across Linda Brownlee‘s ‘Achill’ photography series today despite the fact that her photos have been published in a book as long ago as 2010. I always get excited when I come across the work of an Irish artist on the internet - this is an Irish arts blog after all – as I spend many hours every day searching for good work to post up for you, my dear readers. In this case I’m even more excited as the subject of Brownlee’s series has a personal connection to me. See, my dad is from Castlebar, in County Mayo (same county as Achill Island), I still have extended family living in in the area and I’ve been there many times as a child and later as an adult.
It’s a very beautiful place; Keel beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Slievemore a majestic mountain that dominates the landscape and the Minaun cliffs are, according to some, the highest cliffs in Europe. Brownlee obviously loves Achill too and after visiting the place for over 16 years decided to create a series of photographs of the place. Over a period of two years she worked with local teenagers and created a series of images depicting them in their favourite haunts on the island. The results are magnificent.
So, if you’re living in Ireland and have never been or plan on visiting this beautiful country at some stage then perhaps these photos will tempt you to the wonder that is the west of Ireland. The editor of the blog, The Fox Is Black, obviously agrees with me as it’s from there that I found the photographs.
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