A Classical Documentary

I took Otto’s online workshop last year while I was in Courtmacsherry, Ireland. I appreciated his detailed and thoughtful feedback. And I enjoyed this blog post he wrote about my documentary on life in a Irish village. Check it out!

In Flow with Otto

It’s time to present another of the participant’s work from last year’s online workshop. Pat Callahan made a classical, visual documentary story for his personal photo project when participating in the online workshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice» last year. And he did it with conviction and through a entrancing narration. In his portrayal of the Irish village Courtmacsherry, Pat captures the daily life of its villagers, whether kids and youngsters having fun in the harbour, a quiet moment of in the local pub, a burial or the bliss of a wedding.

The strength of Pat’s visual portrayal of Courtmacsherry is his well-developed talent both to perceive good composition and finding those smaller or bigger moments that bring the story together. He is a master of the decisive moment as articulated by Henri Cartier-Bresson. His eye is sharp and his technical skills foster the stories each of the photos tells so…

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Strand Races at Coutmacsherry, Ireland

Every July, on that date when the tide is at its lowest during the mid-afternoon, a horse race is held on Courtmacsherry Bay. It’s aptly called the Strand Races.

This year, a ten-year-old won the first race. As the day progressed, the jockeys were older, but never past their teen years. Still, each whippet-thin boy was required to weigh in with their saddle.

The crowd gathered to place bets and eat chips sold from the Fry Truck.

This year it rained most of the day which made an always muddy event a bit worse. Save for those boys who didn’t make the winner’s circle, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Street Photography,Ireland, Courtmacsherry, Wild Atlantic way, West Cork, Black and White, Horse racing

Street Photography,Ireland, Courtmacsherry, Wild Atlantic way, West Cork, Black and White, Horse racing

Street Photography,Ireland, Courtmacsherry, Wild Atlantic way, West Cork, Black and White, Horse racing

Street Photography,Ireland, Courtmacsherry, Wild Atlantic way, West Cork, Black and White, Horse racing

Street Photography,Ireland, Courtmacsherry, Wild Atlantic way, West Cork, Black and White, Horse racing

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