Monday 12 November 2018

Lough Arrow through Brian's lens

Sligo based photographer Brian Farrell is hosting an exhibition of his work featuring shots of Lough Arrow in the Leitrim Design House in Carrick on Shannon.

The delighted photojournalist was asked to feature his work on the ART WALL at the celebrated venue.

He says: "I'm a blow-in and like all visitors, I knew it as Lough Arrow but now, like all around here, I call it The Lake. We talk of it as often as we talk of the weather and watch it hourly, to see the mood of the day. It's much more than a body of water. It's a link to a time passed. A reminder of those gone before us who saw then what we see now and wondered the same, about Winter height and Summer flies, comparing year on year. It is the matriarch and patriarch of us all. It's my elder being. It's so welcoming on days you want to submerge yourself in it and be wrapped up by it. Other days, it can be snappy enough and leaves us out on the edge."

Award winning Brian who is married to Sligo journalist Marese McDonagh adds: "I never planned to photograph The Lake and still don't, but sometimes I think the reflection of the last light of the evening is delaying just for me and I'm so thankful

"I try to capture it. That's my favourite time. After the Sun has set and stray light lingers wanting to play a little longer. I know it doesn't want to go and I don't blame it, so I wait for as long as it's willing to stall. Until it slips over the hill, over the passage tombs of Carrowkeel, past Kesh Corran and Knocknarea and across the Atlantic and races to catch up with morning in America. Sometimes it looks back and always, as I walk back up the hill to our house, I look back too because though the light is gone the lake is still there."

The exhibition called 'The Lake' will be launched this Thursday 8th February at 7pm. Beezneez Theatre Company will also be performing in The Dock later on the night with Drawer Boy.

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