This is a picture of the Jam Women taken at the Haymaking Festival in the town of Trim, County Meath in June 2012.
The festival is a celebration of what it is that makes the Irish people, with a look back to traditional lifestyles of the people of the island, and the hugely rural and agricultural past.
Its aim is to revive the past times, sports and way of life of the Irish; the culture, the history and the music.
Part of the festival is a row of traditional stalls, each presented in a small typical Irish thatched cottage. (which are on wheels so they can be towed home after the festival ends). Each of the stalls specializes in a particular product, apple cakes, potatoes, eggs etc. There was one woman who was only selling horse shoes for good luck!
These women were selling jam, (and were three stalls away from the Egg Woman). Although, I notice there is also some apple pies there, which may explain why this stall needed two attendees, when all the others only had one.
I loved how each of the stalls were decorated to the tastes of the person attending it, with these ladies even going to the effort of hanging a picture of Pope John Paul II.
Thanks for looking!
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ACL1978 (7463) 2013-04-14 7:28
Ah, a perfect complement to the egg lady shot, Noel! These two old women are adorably proud of their jams and nice spread here. The house behind them is great, especially the faded photo of John Paul II; a shot with a lot of character and charm.
rogerl (1526) 2013-04-14 8:18
Noel, a nicely done portrait. Wonderful expressions on their faces; they seem happy to be there and to have their picture taken. I really like the cottage behind them, but don't they realize they're a couple of Popes behind? Great colors, well framed. Thanks.
tyro (18286) 2013-04-14 8:21
Another fine picture from this festival, this time of the jam makers. Now that I see a wider view of a "cottage", I can appreciate that this one might be on wheels for manoeuvrability!
And, by Jove, what do I see on that table amidst the bread, jam, books and a flatiron? A wonderful old Kodak "Brownie" box camera sitting on a biscuit box! You should have asked them if it was for sale!
A fine portrait of these two ladies against their "portable cottage" and with the second-last Pope looking on and giving his blessing. The lady on the left looks just a little glum but her buxom friend on the right makes up for that with a cheery smile.
Lovely natural colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
ktanska (23912) 2013-04-14 8:24
This has such warm small town feeling. People know each other and offer local products for sale at the festival. Excellent daily life portrait.
Sonata11 (33081) 2013-04-14 8:34
this ham must be very delicious, wow! I feel like trying. So many beautiful details to look, also I notice portrait of John Paul II. Beautiful capture this scene and perfectly well executed. Perfectly well done. I like it a lot. Tfs, Noel.
All the best,
ourania (25508) 2013-04-14 8:52
a wonderful double portrait in a very rich and interesting context. I like very much the comfortable and appealing way in which you fitted the stall and the cottage into the frame. The sharpness and the depth of your picture are wonderful and make us feel that we're standing there about to approach the stall. I love the camaraderie of their two ladies and their pride and contentment in being part of the festival and being photographed by you. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
serp2000 (37473) 2013-04-14 9:43
Good evening, Noel,
Amazing scene, so lovely scene, good presentation of traditions. Outstanding quality, perfect sharpness! I see fine details, just a little museum. Well done!
willperrett (5648) 2013-04-14 10:40
You've got a bit of a theme going here. And it's a rich seam to mine, as the posing stallholders with their produce, like the Egg Lady, are proud and happy to be photographed. This set reminds me a bit of the work of Martin Parr. For me, that's good company!
carlo62 (26856) 2013-04-14 10:44
anche nel nostro villaggio si svolge la festa della fienagione.
Le due donne hanno ricevuto un bel ritratto con i loro prodotti ed il loro cottage.
Kugart (1778) 2013-04-14 12:46
Another great shot from this Haymaking festival in Trim.Great clarity and colour you can even make out the fine pattern on the edge of the tablecloth.The earlier jam making must have taken a lot out of the ladies as they have been drinking Lucozade for a wee burst of energy.
jcpix (11040) 2013-04-14 17:30
The Egg Lady & The Jam Women...sounds like a great name for an all female reggae band! :) Far from it with these two I would imagine! More character and small town charm featured with this shot, and it works just as well as the previous one. Quite an array of products they have out on display, something for everyone! Is that an iron I see...I thought those were only used for grilled cheese sandwiches?? ha The decorative backdrop of the hut really makes everything appear "at home" and quaint, it genuinely feels like they put a lot of time and effort into their craft and display, and you've done an excellent job in showcasing it proudly! Another fine image from the festival, thanks for sharing the sentiment.
All the best,
wolf38 (30142) 2013-04-14 23:08
Hello Noel. What a beautiful and worth seeing photo. I see so many details that are typical Irish. And finally, the ladies with the Straw Hats. Really nice.
danos (82665) 2013-04-15 0:19
a nice documantary shot with the old ladies wearing these charmy hats to stay behide the table selling jam.I like the beautiful tablecloth as making the whole image more effective.
Have a good week,Danos
Schnappilic (9686) 2013-04-15 4:04
Congratulations for this portrait of these ladies with perfect background. Good traditional occupation. TFS!
delpeoples (52289) 2013-04-15 6:01
HI dear Noel
Ah this photo makes me giggle. Jeez, get a load of JPII on the left. This could be my Outlaws' "good room", we're just missing the Sacred Heart and a photo of Kennedy! ;) Love these two old dears, and I love the fact that you're recording this, because we're fast losing this wonderful and important part of Ireland to Harvey Nix-wearing, latte-sippoing trendies. And it seems the old dolls love you! I made some brown scone bread earlier this afternoon and was just remarking how it was missing the home made rhubarb jam that my mamma-in-law makes so well...maybe these old dears could send me over a pot!
Thanks for sharing, this is a delight to critique
PS: I hope you tried some of their jam??? Don't disappoint me now!
Romano46 (16578) 2013-04-15 12:12
queste due signore sono incredibili! Innanzitutto hanno un aspetto che ispira simpatia e poi mi piace vedere quello che loro che propongono che va da vecchie riviste, ad un ferro da stiro dei tempi passati a prodotti alimentari sicuramente di loro produzione, per arrivare alla foto del papa di non lontana memoria.
Un momento di vita irlandese ben proposta e che rende ancor più affascinante la tua terra.
Ciao e buona serata
mkamionka (29153) 2013-04-15 13:41
what a lovely capture! I like very much the ladies and the stylish surrounding here. Great idea. The Pope Photo adds a nice touch as well. Nice framing with the tiny house being so pretty.
Very well spotted!!!
jhm (134472) 2013-04-16 3:40
I love your wonderful picture, I've goesting in the apple cakes out of grandmother time.
The two ladies are the truly the perfect mothers as model.
Colours and sharpness be pleasant.
Wonderful composition, lovely presentation, TFS.
siolaw (38018) 2013-04-16 3:47
A pleasant scene with the two ladies looking like they enjoy being photographed in front of this funny little "house" with JP2 photo showing the Irish are fervent catholics!
I did a small WS cutting highlights to give more contrast... hope you like it
krzychu30 (15260) 2013-04-16 3:59
another excellent daily-life scene and a superb complement to one of your previous shots(the one with the egg lady).
The scene has so much charm and joy we really feel immediately attracted by them.
I´m also glad to see this picture as it shows us an important part of Irish culture.
Admiring your magnificent image I feel almost like we stepped back in time.There´s no rush,no stress-just kind people and so lovely atmosphere.I like it!
Wish You a nice day
macjake (51374) 2013-04-16 17:38
another funny and interesting photo from this festival :)
as John mentioned in his critique there are many other interesting subjects on the table other than the Jam :)
Yes, that Camera box is a keeper, as is the Iron...and what magazines are there?
The Jam is 3rd or 4th on my list haha.
good reportage photo
SnapRJW (28894) 2013-04-17 4:53
This is a cool shot Noel - The Jam Ladies have decked their tow-away cottage out with images of importance to them but I like the things on the table too. Old magazines and tins and a flat iron... homely objects that tie them to the past! Lovely. Nice to see old traditions continue. Bet their jam tastes good too! Warm regards Rosemary
mjw364 (6992) 2013-04-21 10:16
I love these shots of yours from the festival - they are so colourful and really capture the character of the women and the day itself.
adores (33924) 2013-04-21 16:45
It's a good idea to make this kind of fairs - it gives people the chance to show their products and it also encourages them to go on with the production. It's a good portrait! I like their nice poses and specially all those details around. A really interesting event!
kim_gwan (416) 2013-05-13 6:17
Good Morning Noel,
What a homely festival, this is the only traditional marketing approach i have seen so far. I believe the jam are homemade which is why it is special.
Sometime one marketeer might not be convincing enough, there you go, two nannies sound more convincing.
It would be lovely to strike up a conversation with them. Splendid portrait shot.
I enjoy wholemeal bread spread with fruit-flavour jam.
Miguel82 (19372) 2013-07-09 9:56
Good portrait of these jam women Noel,
A beautiful stall offering local products
Authentic shot taken in a festival