Thursday, May 19, 2011

Synge the Photographer

Synge's photos of his trip to Aran are on display, RIGHT NOW, on Inis Oirr (Inisheer)! When Synge traveled to Aran he brought a fiddle and a box camera. He hoped that they would spark conversation with the locals.

After a few minutes of Google searching I think I figured out that GRIANGRAFFANA is Irish for photographs. Good to know. (I should have done as Synge did and attempt to learn Gaelic...attempt being the key word.)

The exhibit venue is Aras Eanna, an arts center on the smallest of the Aran Islands. The photos are on display until May 31, 2011. I'm sad I won't be able to get there in time.

Luckily for people like me who can't make it to the exhibit, there's a book called My Wallet of Photographs with all of Synge's photos from Aran and a few from Wicklow, the Blaskets, and Kerry. Of course it's no substitute for seeing the real photos, IN person, ON Aran.
Synge's Photography from Aran


  1. So have you perused Wallet of Photographs? Sounds like it could be cool. Maybe when you go to the Aran Islands you can bring a fiddle and a camera too.

    Nice post!

  2. As a matter of fact, I have the book on my desk right now! Got it from the good ole library.