This is (yet another) shot taken at the Trim Haymaking festival in the town of Trim, Co Meath in June 2013.
The festival is an annual event in the town which has been going since the 1960's. The idea of it is to look back at the traditions of Ireland, and what makes the Irish people who they are today. As Ireland has such a strong connection to agriculture with many people either working in, or being only one or two generations removed from the land, farming plays a big part in the event.
Events over the weekend involve haymaking in traditional manners, manually and with horse drawn equipment as well as displays of old farm machinery, goat shows, donkey races, barn dancing, singing and poetry. There is a traditional gypsy village where you can see people in old day dress engage in tin making, blacksmithing, candle making, forging of weapons and much more.
While most of my previous shots that I've uploaded of this festival have been of people in traditional dress specifically for the event, this particular man is not dressed for it, but wearing his everyday clothes. It was taken at the row of cottages where there were products for sale; bread, jam, eggs and more. He was browsing the goods when I began speaking to him and asked if he would mind me taking his picture. He kindly agreed but I think he was somewhat bemused by my request!
This is the kind of older Irish farmer that can be found all across the country on any given day, the cloths and hat are typical of what I see almost every day on my journey to and from work in Dublin. The younger generation of course dress totally differently, and this style is fading away now, so I was pleased that he allowed me to take this, especially with such a quintessentially Irish background.
The cottages behind are set up for the event, and are small little wooden structures on wheels, allowing them to be towed by a truck or jeep. They tend to appear all over the country at various different folk festivals.
Thanks for looking.
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serp2000 (45072) 2013-08-22 11:08
Good August evening, Noel,
Oh, fine continuing of your photo series from the Festival, the interesting portrait of the old wise man. He looks like a movie hero ;)
mesutilgim (96304) 2013-08-22 11:22
Hello dear Noel,
Amazing portrait of this Irishman in his emviroment !
There are so many interesting details in this compo . Starting ,with the missing knobs of his waistcoat :-))
Mant interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job !
TFS and best regards
korbee (6619) 2013-08-22 11:26
Hallo dear friend,
Nice to meet you and your gallery,this portrait was speaking to me rightaway form the thumbnail already,it has so much character,the old mans face and the timeless home behind him.
I think thats the schatm of your country,some things will always be the same,thank god...
In my work Ive worked wth lots of Irishman,so I know very well how they sound when theyre speaking,I can almost hear your potrait speaking,Im sure hes in for a nice guiness ;=]
Good night Noel.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-08-22 11:56
Hello Noel - A wonderland Irish gentleman with clothing that seems to identify him without me reading a word. Cap, collarless shirt with rolled up sleeves and the waistcoat. I think I may have mentioned my Grandfather was in the horse 'business' so I had many opportunities to meet with his Irish horse-trader friends when I was a child. Happy memories and plenty of whiskey (not for me!) that they used to wash down the milk! I hope I meet such characters when we are in Ireland! Lovely shot. Warm regards rosemary
Kugart (1778) 2013-08-22 12:36
Perfect portrait of a real old timer from rural Ireland. The collarless shirt with the sleeves rolled up,the waistcoat and the cap. Sadly as you say Noel these personalities are fading away. The man has a very interesting face I can almost imagine him sitting beside a turf fire in the Pub with a pint telling a few yarns.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-08-22 13:40
magnificent portrait!He remings me one of the character from an old,polish movie-the same face and expression:)
You have really good intuition for this kind of photos.It´s well composed and timed,what is crucial for portrait photography.I like his meaningful facial expression as well as the background.
EstudioChispa (2178) 2013-08-22 14:11
But for his natty vest and cap, this man would fit right in with the old farmers who gather every morning for coffee in any of the small town cafes surrounding Austin or across the American midwest. There's a clarity in his eye, a vigor in his stance, and a wry friendliness to his mouth that I recognize right away. GREAT portrait!
carlo62 (52142) 2013-08-22 14:27
un ritratto di un personaggio molto particolare, incastonato tra i due infissi rossi, una vera chicca.
AROBN54 (11475) 2013-08-22 19:00
Splendid portrait, Noel,
excellent, clear, natural colors, great light and exposure, beautifully sharp and detailed. Your subject is nicely positioned between the door frame and window frame. His expression is very pleasant and he does looks bemused at being photographed. I might have tried to get his hands in the frame even at the expense of the thatched roof. Very nicely done, though, and another fine note. Many thanks and kind regards,
nikkitta (17066) 2013-08-22 19:29
What made this portrait interesting is that the men is wearing plain cloths, not understand very well his expression, anyway not too happy
Like the composition with the cottage at the back, never imagine it was on wheels
fotoguy22 (4794) 2013-08-22 19:33
Is this Burgess Meredith, the actor who played the Penguin in the old Batman TV series?....and Sylvester Stallone's trainer in the Rocky movies? It looks just like him.
Nice placement between the window and what looks to be a horse stall. You had great light for this portrait, probably a nice overcast day.(?) Expression on his face is very pleasant....I'll bet he could tell some great stories!
Greetings from Florida.............Greg
jcpix (13930) 2013-08-22 19:48
I gotta' say, these really have been some wonderful pictures from the festival! I think your ability to connect with these individuals comes through in the imagery, and this is a perfect example! I feel as if he's giving all of us the same greeting and warm welcome. When I close my eyes, this is precisely the look I see of a classic and traditional Irishman. I love that quircky smile, there's so much character in this portrait.
Even though we know the small hut is but a prop, it makes for a superb backdrop, feels very much that tradition in conjunction with the apparel. I think I'm even more so drawn to this particular person because it reminds me a great deal of my grandfather...he wasn't was Irish, but his appearance was similar. :) Keep "em coming! Enjoy your Friday.
Cheers from the 'ol red, white and blue,
Sonata11 (33969) 2013-08-22 21:25
very beautiful portrait of this an Irishman. Wonderfully done it. I like the color, light, sharpness, clarity. Well done. Tfs.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-08-22 22:36
Bonne photo de cet irlandais dont le visage a presque pris les couleurs de la porte et de la fenêtre!
emka (102666) 2013-08-22 23:58
Excellent portrait of this Irish farmer. Nice this typical hat and cloths. but even more i like the straw roof behind him and the curtains in the window. Nice photo from this festival.
cargus (10456) 2013-08-23 0:46
Bonne prise sur ce caractère, expression et les traits du visage bien joué par le jeu de la lumière et la couleur, une image claire, un portrait de succès.!!
bukitgolfb301 (43632) 2013-08-23 4:08
Hi dear Noel, how are you?
Wow nice portrait from you! His meaningful expression is so good. Deep exposure makes background clearly, that cause good contamination with the main subject so nicely.
Thanks a lot for your sharing and have a good day! Takero
Indrasish (2943) 2013-08-23 9:48
Great shot here.. Love the portrait of this old Irishman.. Excellent details and nice vertical framing.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. Also I like her expression and an interesting note attached to it.. Very well done..
Good night and wish you all the best..
Royaldevon (41060) 2013-08-23 10:27
You have attracted this man's attention and he has responded with a direct, quizzical expression. His features are sharply collected but not over-sharpened, to make him seem artificial. His ruddy face, ratter, collarless shirt and rolled-up sleeves remind me so much of my grandfather, who, unless it was a special occasion, always attired himself like this.
The thatched roof and the stable door complete a very 'country wise' shot.
My warm regards,
bachapi (369) 2013-08-23 11:22
Really nice portrait!
Schnappilic (9692) 2013-08-23 11:28
Nice portrait of this man. It looks very real. I like it!
ourania (48802) 2013-08-23 14:48
this is a very interesting portrait through which we can immediately feel the gentleman's direct and friendly personality. I like how the tight framing has emphasized the intensity of his glance, I think he might be talking to you at the time of the capture. It would be nice to have a glimpse of his right hand but there must have been some obstruction in the way. The cottage provides a lovely, bright backdrop (that also connects the portraits you've taken at the festival as parts of a series.) Depth is excellent, the lighting and the natural colours are lovely. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
delpeoples (59186) 2013-08-23 20:18
I'm writing this at Abu Dhabi Airport after a 14 hour flight from Sydney. Another 8 or so hours before I reach Tyrone and I hope to catch up with you and Rosemary at some stage during Aug or Sept. I'll send you a msg on FB.
Anyway, what better welcome to Eire could I wish for than this beautiful, nostalgic and thoroughly Irish photo!? What an old cutie, and as you say, a poster boy for the old Irish farmer. I love the look you captured: a mixture of being flattered, bemused, self-conscious and secretly delighted. His tweed cap is the icing on the cake. A beautiful, natural and good humoured photo. Congrats!
PS: I hope the Tim Tams make the flight, it's 33 centigrade here at 6am!
mjw364 (1464) 2013-08-24 2:26
I love the series of portraits you took at this festival - it really captures the people well. Fantastic shot. Love it.
I answered your question about selective colour on the forum. Enjoy the bank holiday.
macjake (70519) 2013-08-24 11:47
reading your note, its funny if you try to imagine the younger generation of today dressing like this! Oh man that would be a ball!!
Gotta love how the hat is tilted on his head...hey..thats what the young kids do today! Maybe they're not so different after all haha
and it looks like he could loosen his watch a bit, its going to cut off the circulation to his fingers lol
poor guy, I'm sure he's a riot!
good shot indeed.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-08-25 5:37
un altro bel ritratto dopo quello che avevi proposto qualche tempo fa, ripreso nella medesima circostanza ed altrettanto efficace si aper il personaggio ripreso che per la bontà della stessa ripresa.
Una ottima ambientazione accoppiata ad una ripresa eccellente per nitidezza e composizione fanno apprezzare anche questo ultimo da te proposto- Ottimi anche i colori ed il contrasto.
Messa a fiuoco e nitidezza perfetta.
Un ottimo lavoro per il quale ti faccio i miei complimenti.
Ciao e buona domenica
abmdsudi (56348) 2013-08-25 22:22
The less confusion bg creates a bit of interest and colors but what's vital here is the moment is timely shot you couldn't ask for a more interesting eye-level 'pose and the apparent eye contact is wonderful some really jovial looking humble man! I like the way you've caught this chap. Well, what have we here? Yes - it's a man with his casual attire and the sincere smile, wonderfully detailed and good crisp shot, thks to your useful notes. It's a wonderful happy picture well shot. TFS
willperrett (11468) 2013-08-28 1:47
I always seem to be picking out your portraits these days. Maybe because for me they're more interesting: faces and expressions and human environments. He looks like a real character, and although the background is probably a "stage set" in the festival, it looks sufficiently authentic to pass muster for a West Coast cottage. Good work.
Miguel82 (27648) 2013-08-29 11:02
Great portrait taken during a festival Noel, very authentic guy with nice clothes, good colors, clear shot
Thanks and have a nice evening
tyro (26138) 2013-08-31 4:56
Well, your visit to the Trim Haymaking Festival in June certainly provided you with a massive wealth of photographic opportunities and you definitely made the very most of your visit!
You have captured this gentleman perfectly against a very appropriate (though not at all distracting) background. So much so that his appearance, his stance, his facial expression, his clothing and his general demeanour are such that he could not be mistaken for anything other than a farmer. He perhaps might not be Irish but, if not, he would certainly be either from the north of England or Scotland.
Lovely soft light, perfect colours and exquisite details and sharpness. A fine note too.
batalay (39563) 2013-09-06 7:22
You've uploaded a treasury of photos since my last visit to TE, but this one immediately caught my fancy. With a succinct, but informative note, you are engaged in promoting the spirit of TE, geography through photography.
As I look at the man in this setting, I can hear the Irish Brogue.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-04-20 22:48
Noel, I really appreciate this picture for the fact that to my opinion people are the ones who make a country to be a "home sweet home"!!!
Your note is exquisite and the portrait of the Irishman is absolutely traditional and very representative.
Ireland is a country with many and great traditions and its people are the ones who continue to preserve them and to pass them on to the newest generations.
His face is weathered by life but his eyes show all the strength and the courage of his heart!!