I am back in the USA. I am truly blessed to be back home and also blessed I experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity in Ireland. I got a chance to meet the real people of Donegal. The access was unreal. My group was able to get into the homes and business for our documentary, Made in Donegal.
The trip has given me confidence within myself to pursue my dreams in video production. As a senior at Ohio University, the program truly answered all the questions I had before I graduated. I highly suggest to anyone who are unsure about their life after graduation, go abroad and as the hard questions upon yourself. Never give up trying and never give up on your dreams.
When I was the plane to Dublin to Dulles, I read Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland that made me think…
“To survive as an artist requires confronting these troubles, Basically, those who continue - or more precisely, have learned how not to quit.”
THIS IS YOUR LIFE. Do what you love and do it often. If you don’t like it, change it.
TRAVEL OFTEN; getting lost will help you find yourself. some opportunities comes only once, seize them. - The Hostlee Manifesto
One of the most inspirational quotes I live off since I took this trip to Ireland. It speaks for itself, and I think people should read it when they feel down. What is most important is the possibilities to do anything. I choose to go on this trip to Ireland.
My friend and I took a break from shooting and was able to walk around on Horns Head, a few miles from Dunfanaghy. I honestly didn’t think I would be able to last 30 minutes in the cold wind mountain side of Donegal. We saw a tiny building and decided to walk in the cold wet ground, but we made it.
I can say this picture represent every bit accomplishment I have done in the past two years at Ohio University. Where I come from and where I am now. I’m truly bless to be here.
My good ol’ ma just recently sent me an article written by Jeff Goins titled, “Why You Should Travel Young”, and I felt the need to share. In summary, he talks about all the excuses we as humans make to avoid traveling, which include, as he phrases them, the “yea buts”. What about debt? What about…
July 14, 2012 - Saturday.
Today I saw a building on fire from my apartment window. Since Sonya is now interning at the Donegal News, I called her and asked if she wanted to go shoot some spot news. Hopefully her photos make it in the paper.
- Sam Girton
I can’t believe this is my first Spot News photography.
Food Rush. Ramelton Country Market celebrate their 35th birthday.
Saturday was a big day for the country market in Town Hall Ramelton, Co. Donegal. My documentary group was filming and I snap a few photographs for the Donegal News. I later find out it was published in the Friday, July 20 issue. I’m super excited! My first ever photo essay published!
The Ramelton Country Market is a small operation that caters people taste buds and stresses the importance of family. Each Saturday, treats, produce, meats and crafts carefully lay on the tables. A blue rope is place before the customers and drop at 11 a.m. Its an all out brawl to pick up the best foods in the one area.
Mary T Diver, the chairperson of the Ramelton Country Market open her heart and soul to my group. The market is a major piece of her past, present, and her future. The people who volunteer and make organic and local goods have passion for what they do, food. I highly recommended anyone who is in Donegal, to check out the market every Saturday. Its an experienced needed.
Tomorrow, Saturday July 20 we will be at the market again shooting for our documentary and a formal interview with Mary. Hope for more food!
© 2012 Sonya Paclob
And the third week is almost coming to an end! What? Who knew that such a slow-moving county like Donegal could allow for time to speed by!? I’m loving every minute and appreciate the landscape every time I see it. Yesterday, my documentary group and I traveled to Rathmullan House, about 30km up the road from our flats. This had to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen yet. Right outside of the hotel, which has won a great number of awards for its accommodations as well as its food, lies a beach where you can relax with your food and drinks. We were lucky enough to see horses racing by and sail boats anchored just off shore. After interviewing their head chef, they treated us to two large bowls of mussels, homemade chips, salad from their Walled Garden, fresh deli meats like salami and prosciutto, chicken liver patté, and even fresh fish like smoked salmon and mackerel. Because our documentary is on the local foods of Ireland, I’m sure they were trying to impress us. Either way, I’d say “that’s living”! This trip is by far my most favorite adventure and experience I’ve ever had. Next to the fantastic opportunities I have had, the people I have met are making this trip more than worthwhile. Ultimately, I would love to land a career that allows me to interact with people and experience what the world’s cultures have to offer. I’d love to spend another six months here, but I guess three weeks will have to suffice!
- Kelly Matousek
I thought it would be a great opportunity to photograph some spot news for the Donegal News. I headed out the door as quick as I can leaving my preheated left overs with Sam Girton to a burning building a few minutes from Ballyraine Campus.
No fire, but a lot of smoke. My clothes and my hair smell smokey. I got close and was able to get a photograph of the owner of the Lighting Concepts. Luckily, his shop was not effected by the fire. The firefighters contain the top part of the building.
I sent the photographs back to the paper, but I didn’t get my photographs published. I was disappointed, but had a great experience in photographing spot news. However, I had another piece of my work published. :) So, never give up.
© 2012 Sonya Paclob
I don’t understand the humor here.
© 2012 Sonya Paclob
Snacks in Ireland.
© 2012 Sonya Paclob