Photo Credit: Dragana Jurisic
This project is as a collaboration between four photographers: American Gina Brocker - winner of the Nikon Discovery Award 2008; Polish Michal Iwanowski - Flash Magenta Emerging Photographer 2009; Welsh Jay Bedwani and myself, of Croatian background but based in Ireland – also an Axis MAstar.
One of the main reasons I was attracted to this project was due to my personal history, which is entangled in myths of members of the family who were able to ‘see the future’ and ‘talk to the dead’. The ‘fairies’ allegedly bestowed this gift upon them. These photographs refer to the inner struggle felt when confronted with my own family inheritance.
What is considered to be a ‘Fairy Fort’ is not entirely clear. Some of them are the remains of ‘ringforts’ - circular dwellings built on the island during the Iron Age and some seem to be an entirely natural phenomenon - a circular formation of trees and vegetation.
Our aim to explore the mythology and symbolism that these areas of land still continue to evoke and reveal some truths related to the superstition, fear and the human need to ascribe significance to the intangible.
These photographs are my personal contributions to the project.