A lot has changed since then ... I have met many people on my way, some of whom have become close friends. My photography has changed - I see differently and work differently. In the meantime, I've also learned to use flash properly. In comparable situations, I would therefore most likely not do it anymore. I have slightly longer hair on my head and possibly my love handles have grown too. But on the other side my cameras are smaller and faster today. Back then I still had to search for photo spots in Ireland, today I find them blindfolded. And another significant finding from that time is that summer is a ungrateful season for photos in Ireland. How so? The best light is in the late evening and if you don't want to miss it, you are inevitably missing out on the food - that's better in autumn. The weather, by the way, too - at least sometimes.
So the film from back then is no longer suitable to be used as an image film. But it still remains an exciting contemporary document on 10 years of Brautrausch wedding photography in Ireland - especially in times when practically all my weddings in Ireland have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19.
So the film is a little journey through time into my past, into the past of Brautrausch and to the roots of Wild Atlantic Weddings - my wedding photos in Ireland. And what persists is the motto of the film ...
Our first stop was supposed to be Doolin in County Clare. So we headed north from Tralee, crossing the Shannon at Tarbert - a river that looks more like bay there - arriving in Killimer, County Clare. From there we continued through the rain to our destination Doolin, a beautiful West Clare village.
Doolin is a great starting point for numerous hotspots on the west coast - the famous Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands or the Burren, an almost surreal karst landscape - all just a stone's throw away. In addition - despite the very lively tourism - Doolin has simply remained incredibly charming and hospitable. And in addition to it's fantastic pub life - Doolin is considered the heart of Irish Folk - it also has a lot to offer visually.
Of course we had to use the Doolin setting for some photos and film scenes on the rocky coast.
The problem of summer: the best light comes relatively late. And in pubs food usually is served only until 9:00pm or (if you're lucky) 9:30pm. Unprepared as we were, that resulted in potato chips with “Vinegar Taste” instead of a nice dinner for our first evening.
The selection of drinks at McDermott’s - a wonderful local pub - luckily reconciled us. The loving care provided by boss Patsy and her team was also not entirely uninvolved. The party to live music with the locals until late at night did the rest. Anja had to dance (not only with Andreas) and even received a little serenade - so who needs dinner there!?
The next morning it started early, with a full Irish breakfast - fried egg, bacon, sausages, black and white pudding, baked beans, fried mushrooms and tomato as well as toast and Irish soda bread - a solid base for a day with a tight schedule.
When we took the first photos somewhere on a road towards the Burren we not only had animal spectators, but we also met a few pub visitors from the previous evening. The fact that we had apparently put our shoot in the middle of their route to work made for a party atmosphere as we had it the evening before.
Passing Lisdoonvarna - the place where a traditional matchmaker brings couples together and forges weddings each year in late summer - our path led us to the heart of the Burren - to stone circles, 5000-year-old megaliths and ruins of churches from Ireland's long past times.
But too soon we had to leave Clare behind. Our way led us south towards Kerry. Since the next day our plane would go to Germany again, we still had some plans and some spots on the Dingle Peninsula in mind - a lot stuff to do.
Over the spectacular Conor Pass we passed through the clouds into the coastal town of Dingle, with its colorful houses and lively streets. Dingle is definitely worth a visit - because of its seafood, the many pubs and of course the Dingle Distillery. However, we did not stay long, but headed west along the beautiful coast.
The so-called Slea Head Drive is one of the most impressive routes of today's Wild Atlantic Way and always rewards you - with a beautiful route, fantastic views and seagulls that catch oatmeal cookies from the air.
Far in the distance you can see the outlines of Skellig Michael on the horizon - known as a Star Wars filming location today and incidentally inspiration for the logo of Wild Atlantic Weddings.
After our photo session we went back to Tralee, slightly frozen but quite happy. In our B&B we first had to free Anja's wedding dress from the sand she collected - an amazing amount. And while we left the dress to dry in the well-heated bathroom, we headed for the town and its many pubs - a very good idea.
In a pub called Bailey's Corner somewhere in the middle of Tralee, you might still find the poster that inspired us to the title of the film - "Expose Yourself to Ireland" - even though it's interpretation of that claim is slightly different than ours. ;)
We fell into our beds really tired, as the next day we finally were heading to the airport and going back to Germany - with a lot of intense impressions and unique experiences for everyone in our luggage. Thanks to all of you for being there with me 10 years ago!
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