Patrick Duffy examines Robinson’s approach to representing the sense of place encountered in the landscapes around Galway Bay. For forty years Robinson has been committed to a minutely-detailed exploration of the rocky outposts of the Aran islands, the Burren and Connemara, all of which are ancient landscapes deeply incised with the marks and memories of human occupation for more than two thousand years. In a world of collapsing distances and faster, more wide-ranging travel, Duffy argues that Robinson’s works in map and text illustrate the potential and possibilities in a reversion to ‘slow’ landscapes. In this respect, Robinson’s ‘endless proliferation of detours’ on foot and bicycle, has permitted a more intimate engagement with nature, environment and community.
100 years of Ireland in National Geographic magazine
Patrick J. Duffy
This chapter examines the representation of Ireland as an exotic other on the edge of Europe. For much of the twentieth century, Ireland was perceived as a comparatively poor, quaintly nostalgic location for the American imagination. Even during the brash economic boom in the late twentieth century, National Geographic magazine's (NG) representations of Irish landscape and society frequently reached back to earlier lyrical imagery of a laid-back, misty isle. The NG perspective from the 1930s reflected the preoccupations of the Harvard Irish Survey 1932 to 1936, which was interested in the ethnoracial typology of the Irish, especially in the west. During the years of silence, the NG's predictions of change in Ireland were more than realised. The Celtic Tiger economy transformed the life and landscape that had been a core aspect of the magazine's word and picture reportage on Ireland.