Earth was hard as iron, water like a stone – Innis Oirr, Aran Islands, Ireland: impressions of water, metal and stone

Iron ship 2I love the surface of metal as it corrodes, the changes in texture, the roughness and the imperfections and the sheer variety of colour, bursts of yellow and orange tempered by greys, and ochres, reds and night sky purples. The photographs  of metal shown here were taken on a ship that ran aground in Innis Oirr. A large, rusting heap of metal perched on a rocky beach, and from a distance appearing to be set on a stone wall pedestal.

Run aground

Iron ship  Iron ship 3 P1020405  Iron ship 5 iron ship 7 Iron ship 8

A study of permanence and transience – iron and water – or watching the waves from the inside out:

Metal and water

And so we come to the stones – easy to imagine the immense amount of physical labour and craftsmanship that went into putting these walls together:

stone 2To imagine the tenacity of the islanders, who when faced with the sheer amount of  rock, on what arguably might be called an unwelcoming terrain, just stoically kept on going…….

Innis Oirr stoneErecting wall upon wall:

StoneBuilding upon building:

ringed by stoneAnd ultimately creating new habitats for plants as tenacious and adaptable as the islanders themselves:

against the odds

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