Earlier this month we made a quick visit to the island of Parrot Cay to find some relief from this fierce winter. This was truly one of the most restful & relaxing trips we have ever taken as a family.
Adding to the zen feeling of this trip was shooting entirely with film outside a few random iPhone snaps. I did not have to deal with memory cards, batteries or any temptations to process images during the time away. I even left the laptop home as well. It really felt wonderful and right.
(Photographs made with a Hasselblad 503cw and a Leica MP with Kodak Portra 400 film. All images processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California)
In so many ways this was not the type of spot we are drawn to. The Blarney Castle couldn’t get more touristy. Between the tour buses and the swarms of tourists it’s easy to brush this one off.
But then you make your way to the top, climbing along a fun narrow, windy, stone staircase, with the wind howling through the various stone hallways and watch your kids faces light up they lean back to kiss the Blarney Stone at the top. At that moment you realize this 600 year old castle has more to offer than the tshirt in the gift shop.
On Monday we left Dublin and made it to Waterford. We stayed overnight at a small dairy farm in Waterford and woke up early to see the farm in action. Sophia was happily put to work.
After a big Irish breakfast we bumped along the back roads and took our time along a beautiful drive to Cork. I shot 4 or 5 rolls just along that drive alone.
The weather here is quite remarkable. Within 30 minutes you can find yourself in the middle of massive rain to be followed by clouds and then a bright sun. And then it happens all over again a few hours later.