1991, Dublin, Ireland
Plate 81, 27x18
Ireland is Ireland because it is Ireland, and the magic is so much of the uniqueness of this place. I found a spontaneity the likes of which I have never found anywhere else in the world. This young lady was setting up for a performance with several other young actors and actresses at a large party given by the Kodak Company for over a hundred Dublin schoolchildren. The motivation for this acting, this entertaining, this spreading of joy was their feeling for their country and for its people. Compensation or reward was not in the form of money but as participation, as a great singer sings, a great sculptor sculpts, a great painter paints.
They went from area to area. They went dressed in different costumes and bringing different music, but always they went, and when one looked carefully enough, one found beautiful threads of color, sound, love, understanding and communication woven by these folks into the very soul of Ireland.