The Enchanted Forest, County Donegal, Ireland
The Enchanted Forest
County Donegal, Ireland
Photography by Aidan Monaghan
I came to take this photograph completely by chance, having become lost among a forest on a location search to photograph Mount Errigal in County Donegal
Having been plunged into this environment not necessarily knowing where I was going, I felt a real sense of having been transported somewhere outside my normal human experience .This old forest reverberated with a sense of the ancient. The dense forest floor was covered with moss and the dappled light from Birch, Oak, Ash, Willow and Sycamore cast shape shifting shadows.
The folkloric forest is a place where strange beings live, the home of fairies, elves, dwarves and other mythical creatures. The forest is often depicted as a place where magic and danger exist side by side. Hence, the fairy tales, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin all take place within this setting.
All these thoughts and references were released vividly from my subconscious as I stumbled upon a small clearing, beyond which sat an abandoned cottage. Its grey stone walls densely packed were nestled among the thick moss and undergrowth.
Standing there with my camera I observed, as the wind swept through the foliage above and as the trees swayed, the daylight dancing across the forest floor. I attempted to capture this sense of magical motion and metamorphosis in my photograph.
In folklore, forests can also be places of magical refuge. The Celts equated hazelnuts with wisdom and poetic inspiration. For me the forest acts as a place of transformation, renewal and resolution.
- Aidan Monaghan
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