Carrowkeel, in County Sligo, is one of the most evocative archaeological landscapes in Ireland. It consists of fourteen passage tombs located at different positions on the hilltops, with a further group of six tombs further west. Between exploring the monuments and wandering at the spectacular views, you really could spend the whole day here!

You can approach the complex following the signs from Castlebaldwin, from where a steep and narrow road (or should I say lane?) winds considerably upwards. At the end of it you’ll find a closed gate, but no worries… simply open it – but be sure to close it behind you – and drive up the hill. After leaving the car in the small area provided, walk along the track for about two kilometres until you’ll see the first cairn on the left. Leave the stony track and follow the rough one upwards through the bog.

Carrowkeel 22 Carrowkeel, passage tomb cemetery

Carrowkeel 21 Carrowkeel, passage tomb cemetery

Carrowkeel 3 Carrowkeel, passage tomb cemetery

The landscape is simply breathtaking and I’d recommend visiting the site though you may not be that interested in archaeology.

Carrowkeel 8 Carrowkeel, passage tomb cemetery

Carrowkeel 7 Carrowkeel, passage tomb cemetery

And this is what I’m talking about when I say passage tombs. They were all built around 5,000 years ago, in the Neolithic period, but fell foul of a team of antiquarians around 1910. Most of them are accessible and some are easier to enter than others, therefore care and respect are demanded of the visitor.

Carrowkeel 9 Carrowkeel, passage tomb cemetery

Carrowkeel 15 Carrowkeel, passage tomb cemetery

The rock below, known as the Rocking Stone, has been carried here by glacial ice over a distance of hundreds of kilometres some time back.

Carrowkeel 17 Carrowkeel, passage tomb cemetery

The day I visited the wind was very strong and I really struggled to compose every single image – for those who are not familiar with the Horizon camera that means rightly positioning the spirit level in the viewfinder to avoid distortions. I know I should have brought with me a tripod (although I’m really not sure how I could have managed in the bog), but luckily I had loaded the camera with a 400 ISO film and could shoot with the shortest exposure times.

Camera: Horizon Perfect
Film: Kodak FC 400
Location: Carrowkeel, Co. Sligo

All things retro, camera included

Vintage shops offer such a feast for the eyes! Besides, can you think of a more suitable place where to shoot with a film camera?

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade is a coffee shop as well,

The travelling Yashica 18 All things retro, camera included

The travelling Yashica 17 All things retro, camera included

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade 785x590 All things retro, camera included

and I discovered it on my way to The 3rd Policeman, an old favourite of mine.

The 3rd Policeman 2 785x590 All things retro, camera included

The travelling Yashica 30 All things retro, camera included

The 3rd Policeman 785x590 All things retro, camera included

Any shopping sprees planned for the weekend?

Camera: The Traveling Yashica
Film: Agfa CT 100 Precisa
Location: Dublin

On and around Midsummer’s day

I decided to join the Travelling Yashica project in a moment I was sort of tired of dragging along heavy and bulky cameras. Besides, I had been intrigued by the results others had got with this little and unassuming point and shoot camera and wanted to see for myself what the fuss was all about.

When the camera arrived I was so tied up that I struggled to shoot even one single roll but then, when I saw the results, I was only too happy.

The travelling Yashica 1 On and around Midsummer’s day

The travelling Yashica 26 On and around Midsummer’s day

The portraits below are the work of photographic artist Eamonn Doyle, who took over an unused hoarding space on O’Connell Street for a fantastic one-off on-street portraiture exhibition.

The travelling Yashica 4 407x616 On and around Midsummer’s day

And here is Old Temple Bar, a tiny quarter in the heart of Dublin that can be sophisticatedly calm and visually stimulating at any time of the year.

The travelling Yashica 16 407x616 On and around Midsummer’s day

The travelling Yashica 7 On and around Midsummer’s day

The travelling Yashica 12 On and around Midsummer’s day

The travelling Yashica 11 On and around Midsummer’s day

The travelling Yashica 15 On and around Midsummer’s day

More about antiques, vintage clothing and retro design in my next post!

Camera: The Traveling Yashica
Film: Agfa CT 100 Precisa
Location: Dublin

The free-standing round tower is a unique Irish form of architecture – there are sixty-five complete or fragmented examples in Ireland, only three in Scotland and one on the Isle of Man. They appeared on the Irish landscape by the middle of the tenth century and served many purposes: bell-houses and refuges at times of attack.

In Lusk, a small town in north County Dublin, the circular tower of the early medieval monastery was incorporated into a huge belfry in the later middle ages.

Lusk Round Tower 1 407x616 Round tower, key from Mr Kelly

Lusk Round Tower 5 407x616 Round tower, key from Mr Kelly

Lusk Round Tower 6 407x616 Round tower, key from Mr Kelly

Walking around the church, I came across this sign that made me smile. It reads:

Key from Mr Kelly
Autoview – Dublin Rd
Lusk
Opposite Garda Station

For those of you who are not familiar with this part of the word, Garda is the police force of Ireland.
I’m glad they have left it there because it’s so indicative of a unique Irish way of doing things.

Lusk Round Tower Key from Mr Kelly 616x616 Round tower, key from Mr Kelly

Camera: Canon EOS 300
Film: Lomography Earl Grey B+W 100
Location: Lusk, Co. Dublin

Hello readers. Long time, no talk.

I have a ridiculous number of photos I’d love to share with you but, just before nights begin to drawn in and while I’m thinking about the best way to deal with such a backlog, let me show you these.

Hope you all had a wonderful summer.

brittas bay 3 Before nights begin to drawn in

brittas bay 4 Before nights begin to drawn in

brittas bay 6 Before nights begin to drawn in

brittas bay 7 Before nights begin to drawn in

brittas bay 8 Before nights begin to drawn in

brittas bay 9 Before nights begin to drawn in

Camera: Zero Image
Film: Lomography CN 800
Location: Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow

Hot weather

Hot weather opens the skull of a city, exposing its white brain, and its heart of nerves, which sizzle like the wires inside a lightbulb. And there exudes a sour extra-human smell that makes the very stone seem flesh-alive, webbed and pulsing.

― Truman Capote, Summer Crossing.

pinhole seapoint Hot weather

pinhole seapoint 2 Hot weather

pinhole dun laoghaire Hot weather

Camera: Zero Image
Film: Lomography CN 800
Location: Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin