Inní agus Inniú – Second Sight
19/01/13 - 29/03/13
Photographer Rachel Giese Brown transforms the visually dramatic landscape of Donegal into a dramatic visual narrative of its places and people in these duotone photographs. At the centre of her story looms Mount Errigal, shaping profoundly the daily events of an Irish-speaking community. At the perimeter are the exceptional, significant details that are observed by a photographer who has taken time to become familiar with a particular place, its special history, and its individual lives.
For over eleven years Rachel Giese Brown journeyed regularly for long periods to Gortahork and Falcarragh. In that rugged terrain she found a community she came to know intimately, with affection and with admiration but also with keen honesty.
A lifelong resident of Truro, Cape Cod, USA, Ms Giese Brown became a professional photographer after raising a family of five. Her first trip to Ireland was in 1976 and by 1981 she centred her work on a small area in the northwest corner of Ireland, a long glen between the Atlantic and Mount Errigal.
“While I was originally drawn to Ireland by the literature and music wit, it was the ongoing drama of the natural elements and a life that is both simple and complex that held me” says Ms Giese Brown. An avid reader of Irish poetry, she believes “you should read a photograph as you would read a poem”.
In his introduction Ciarán Carson commented “These photographs lie at a tangent to the accepted tourist view of Ireland. Rachel Giese’s work seems to me to connect with the Irish tradition of Dinnsheanchas . . . Action connects with place; and Rachel Giese’s eye is always questioning the place for active possibilities.” 79 photographs of this particular body of work were published as “The Donegal Pictures” in 1987 in which Cathal Ó Searcaigh translated and the forward was contributed by Ciarán Carson. Rachel Giese Brown has continued to work as a photographer and has exhibited extensively internationally.
To make a contemporary contribution to this exhibition and perhaps trace the space in time An Gailearaí and particularly Ray Fallon worked with the 4th year students from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair. Over a series of workshops Ray introduced the students to Rachel’s work and then taught them the rudiments of photography. The students were set various tasks as homework and eventually developed the work here exhibited. You, the audience, can determine what changes have taken place since Rachel’s first record.
Pobailscoil Gaoth Dobhair Participants
Ashleigh Nic Suibhne, Caoimhe Ní Cholla, Clara Ní Ghallachoir, Holly Nic Pháidín, Kelly Nic Suibhne, Megan Nic Ruairí, Sarah Ní Cholla, Eileen Ní Gairbheith, Megan Níc Eachmharcaigh, Oisín Ó Scolaí, Séan Pól Mac Mathúna, Noel Mac Pháidín, Kate Ní Dhomhnaill.