This is another shot taken at the Trim Haymaking Festival in June 2013.
The event is an annual event dating back almost 50 years, in which people gather together to remember and keep alive the old ways that made the people of Ireland who they are today.
As most Irish people are descended from those whose lives depended on agriculture, this makes up the main part of the event, with traditional haymaking techniques using scythes and horse drawn implements, as well as baling, livestock competitions (think a beauty pageant for bleating goats), tractor exhibitions and much more. There is a fairground, stalls selling homemade and artisan goods, and in the area I took this, a row of people observing and demonstrating some older traditions.
This woman is spinning on an old fashioned (but newly built I suspect) spinning wheel. Of all the people whose permission I asked to take shots, this was one of my favorites as the woman's smile seemed to me to be very genuine and warm. She seemed very happy to allow me to take a shot of her performing her skill.
The little house behind her is a prop, and one of many that are used in the event to recreate an old Irish village.
I spoke with one of the organizers of the event, who told me that many of those who take part in the event every year are older people, and in the past year two people who were important to it had passed away. Its nice to see a younger woman like this take part and help keep these traditions alive.
Thanks for looking!
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bukitgolfb301 (42922) 2013-06-21 14:08
Hi dear Noel, how are you?
Ya I am very happy that you post another portrait this time too. Very moody and fantatsic image as usual.
Her gentle expression is so lovely and attractive form me. The best mix of exposure and the best shutter speed makes this gretaest image.
Thanks a lot and have a good weekend!
Takero from Tokyo
Fis2 (100604) 2013-06-21 14:25
Interesting scene, interesting machine.
Good frame and colors.
carlo62 (50758) 2013-06-21 14:26
la storia parla spesso del popolo irlandese, della loro caparbietÓ e delle loro tradizioni.
Questa fiera ne ripropone i lati salienti e le persone che portano avanti gli usi, ne sono i diretti discendenti.
Bel ritratto ambientato, la signora sembra proprio felice di ci˛ che fa e di essere fotografata.
EstudioChispa (2176) 2013-06-21 14:50
She does have a fabulous smile, and the keeping of the flame of the old ways is SO critical. A few years ago (2008) when the US economy seemed poise for all-out collapse, my wife and I looked at one another and said, "Damn, we need to learn how to grow something or make something or fix something or times could get hard!" Fortunately, it didn't come to that, but I still feel like I am without any subsistence skill, should the worst happen.
This shot is perfectly framed (I've seen a lot of square aspect ratios today!) and even though the house is a prop, it is a great background!
Royaldevon (40250) 2013-06-21 15:08
She does have a lovely smile ... I think she is enjoying being photographed.
It is so reassuring that country skills are being retained and if respected, like this, will be picked up and continued by the next generation. There was a lady in our village who used the get fleeces from the farmers, spin them and knit them into jumpers for her husband, who did a lot of walking in The Lakes. Of course, because the wool was untreated, it was waterproof as well as warm.
This is a very nicely composed shot and contains all the details to inform us of her location and occupation. I have never seen a spinning wheel with a solid wheel, before. Is it an Irish style?
Have a great w/e,
jjcordier (79297) 2013-06-21 22:44
Jolie complicitÚ entre la fileuse et le photographe. Comme tu le dis, l'appareil semble avoir ÚtÚ construit rÚcemment mais ce qui compte c'est la technique utilisÚe.
pajaran (62476) 2013-06-22 3:54
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o starim obicajima, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, lepo pokazana gospodja koja prede vunu.
Dobar rad, lepe boje.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good text on old habits, with the given data ...
A good time recording, beautiful lady who demonstrated wool spinning.
Good work, beautiful colors.
Have a great day, all the best for the weekend.
jcpix (13930) 2013-06-22 22:40
O.K., I'm a little weirded out, this lady looks almost exactly like my next door neighbor where I grew up!! Funny though, she never spoke with an Irish accent...this must be a long lost relative of hers. :) Is it weird too that once I got over that little nugget, that this photo then made me think of the clay pottery wheel scene from Ghost?
Love her smile, it's unquestionably the highlight of the picture, and is so very welcoming to the fact she was happy to let you photograph her. Even though this may all be set up for the event, it's still a great way to proudly display and honor tradition and culture that we seem to lose sight of so often in this day and age of fast paced life and technology. Great framing, I like that you've focused on her, but also allowed for plenty of background detail which shows the fruits of her labors. Hope you're having a nice weekend.
kim_gwan (418) 2013-06-22 23:36
Very unique framing of this lady.
She is very fond of her masterpiece and not shy to demonstrate how it works. And what a shiny smile she has.
Excellent background and color presentation
ourania (47784) 2013-06-23 1:07
this is a delightful portrait with the friendly, smiling lady placed so naturally within a very interesting context. I like very much the depth you have provided for in the tight frame and the comfortable and comprehensive perspective. The lighting, the colours and the sharpness have been managed excellently and make a great contribution to the naturalness of the scene. The lady has a warm connection with you and the viewer and this increases our interest in her work and in the artefacts displayed next to her. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely Sunday,
tyro (25884) 2013-06-23 11:12
What a delightful and friendly looking lady - it is just as well that there are young people like this who can continue the old traditions.
This might be a "new build" of spinning wheel - its wheel made from discs of plywood rather than the traditional spokes - but she seems to know exactly what to do with it and presumably the scarves and hats which she has laid out on her table were knitted from home-spun wool.
This is a delightful and pleasing photograph in which the lady takes pride of place. Your composition, light, colours and sharpness are excellent too.
abmdsudi (55562) 2013-06-23 22:49
I love the slight motion effect of the spinning wheel even at 1/125 seconds shutter speed as we get to enjoy all the props around and the charming lady displaying her skill. Clarity is great, well colored and exxcellent contrast but her eye contact, smile and posture are strong points and real bonus. A well done shot, congrats. TFS
delpeoples (58804) 2013-06-25 2:35
This is such a chick thing to say: but this lady has lovely skin. Something I've noticed with so many Irish women and must be due to the lack of sun. But her skin is really beautiful. As is her smile and as you say, it's so open and genuine. I was chuffed to read that this year you became more brave with speaking to people and engaging them for your photos. This photo is proof positive of it. A beautiful scene, well-saturated, lovely and sharp and with a really happy vibe to it. Where you write about the traditional arts and crafts of Ireland, I'm reminded of my little mamma-in-law who (up until 2 years ago when she became too ill with Parkinsons Disease) was knitting those beautiful Aran jumpers - a craft that's so sadly dying out. I'm also reminded me of the 2 old dears who made my Carrickmacross lace bridal veil. Apparently, they're the last of their kind in Ireland :(
Anyway, this is a beautiful and thought-provoking photo, which harks back to an Ireland perhaps gone but not forgotten
Thanks for sharing this with us
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-06-27 10:58
I like the portrait of that proud lady Noel,
Good report from that festival, interesting photo comment and handicrafts in the bg
Successful portrait I like