Saturday 16 December 2017

Irish Traveller children feature in new Stella McCartney kids' campaign, snapped by Irish photographer

The children were photographed by Irish photographer Ronan Gallagher

#StellaKidsBy Ronan Gallagher. PIC: Stella McCartney Kids Twitter
#StellaKidsBy Ronan Gallagher. PIC: Stella McCartney Kids Twitter
#StellaKidsBy Ronan Gallagher. PIC: Stella McCartney Kids Twitter
#StellaKidsBy Ronan Gallagher. PIC: Stella McCartney Kids Twitter
#StellaKidsBy Ronan Gallagher. PIC: Stella McCartney Kids Twitter
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

An Irish photographer has photographed Irish Traveller children for the new Stella McCartney Kids campaign.

Ronan Gallagher spotted the kids at a fair in his hometown of Ennistymon in Co Clare and several children from the same family feature in the #StellaByKids online campaign, which launched in August.

Speaking about his inspiration for the project on the Stella McCartney website, he says, "There is a small agricultural fair that happens in my local town in Ireland every couple of months.

"It’s nothing new or exciting for the locals but every time I’ve been there I’ve seen an abundance of interesting characters. There is a group of kids that regularly attend this fair and I thought it would be a great opportunity to photograph them for this particular project."

#StellaKidsBy Ronan Gallagher. PIC: Stella McCartney Kids Twitter
#StellaKidsBy Ronan Gallagher. PIC: Stella McCartney Kids Twitter

He says working with the children was "incredible".

"I just followed them around the fair and documented them which is my favourite way of shooting," he says.

#StellaKidsBy Ronan Gallagher. PIC: Stella McCartney Kids Twitter
#StellaKidsBy Ronan Gallagher. PIC: Stella McCartney Kids Twitter

"One of the older kids was very interested in my job and I gave him a one on one lesson. I let him assist me with changing lens – he seemed eager to take up photography as a hobby which felt quite rewarding."

A documentary and travel photographer, Ronan says he was inspired to begin taking photos growing up on the west coast "surrounded by amazing landscape and surf".

#StellaKidsBy Ronan Gallagher. PIC: Stella McCartney Kids Twitter
#StellaKidsBy Ronan Gallagher. PIC: Stella McCartney Kids Twitter

"My brother got me into photography after returning from surf trips and showing me pictures he had taken. I went out and bought some disposable cameras from my local pharmacy and I started taking pictures of my skateboarding friends. It just grew from there."

Check out the full selection of images and collection at StellaMcCartney.com

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