Edited By Anne Goarzin
The Photographic Framing and Un-Framing of Inhabited Landscapes in Ireland
Certain images of Ireland have been created based on the representation of its landscapes and how they are framed, and it is these images that have long nourished concepts of the Green Island. They are the pictures in our minds before we even get there. When setting out on the journey to Ireland, the traveller counts on encountering these promised images; yet one may wonder where the Irish landscapes are to be found now. In addition, how does the French public perceive them? What do these landscapes say of the identity of Ireland and how do they relate to any pre-conceived images of it? How may the photographic approach proposed in this chapter provide answers to these questions? This essay tackles these issues by associating stereotypical representations of Ireland with a selection of photographs taken over the last fifteen years. The photographic series project, entitled ‘Ireland: Inhabited Landscapes’,1 includes a number of diptychs the purpose of which is to illustrate parallelisms and thus serve as an ‘un-framing’ of such representations. ← 143 | 144 →
The Landscape and its Change of Scenery
For the viewer, perception of the landscape occurs straight away, whether it is an urban landscape, a rural one, mountain, seaside or an open landscape. Recognition by the viewer is based on cultural stereotypes, that is to say acquired representations. As far as Ireland is concerned, it is not so much the towns as the country landscapes that attract the traveler2 – the wild and...
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