With its rolling emerald hills and rugged, twisting shoreline, Ireland’s countryside has develop into world well-known for its magnificence. But throughout its villages, cities and cities there may also be found putting examples of the nation’s distinctive tradition and historical past, and for the previous eight years, one photographer has been travelling together with his digital camera in an effort to protect it for the long run. Started by Trevor Finnegan, Our Type is a undertaking that paperwork Ireland’s disappearing shopfronts.
“The project began while I was studying in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. I set out to photograph some rural lettering and signage in my village. I began to notice around the time of Ireland’s economic boom that many of the towns and villages were starting to change rapidly, and many of the traditional shopfronts and signage were being replaced with everyday chain stores. It was sad to see, as we have a unique style of shopfront here that is completely different to that of the rest of Europe and even Britain,” Trevor informed Lonely Planet Travel News.
Aiming to spotlight the significance of the buildings themselves in addition to the outlets that performed essential roles within the lives of individuals within the cities, Trevor speaks with native folks wherever he goes to find the historical past of his topics. The undertaking has taken him everywhere in the nation, from counties within the north, alongside the Wild Atlantic Way and to the east coast and midlands.
“Almost every weekend my wife and I and our dog end up jumping in the car and heading off in search of a new place, and it’s a really nice way to get to see the remote parts of Ireland and to get off the motorways and explore our hidden towns and villages,” Trevor stated.
Through his work, Trevor started to note developments, with sure types proving well-liked in numerous areas. “In West Cork, Kerry and Limerick, there are a lot of ceramic letter forms used on shopfronts, while shopfronts in more northern countries such as Donegal and Cavan tend to use the Gaelic spelling of their names on the frontage. As a country, we have a unique style to our shopfronts, from bright hand-painted signage to more sophisticated moulded porcelain, decorative plaster and ironwork along with excellently crafted carved wood detailing,” Trevor stated.
A graphic designer in addition to a photographer, Trevor’s curiosity in typography and signage started in childhood together with his father’s assortment of enamel indicators that he obtained from auctions everywhere in the nation. Having seen the custom disappearing for a while, Trevor stated that there has been a re-emergence lately. “Thankfully there has been a strong revival of this special Irish craft, with a number of new Irish sign-painters on the rise. The survival of the Irish shopfront and its tradition should be protected now more than ever, not only as an ode to the past, but also as a nod to our rich heritage and design and identity as a nation.”
Trevor held an exhibition final 12 months that includes chosen work from Our Type, and has a devoted Instagram account that he makes use of to share the undertaking on-line.
More of his work is obtainable at his official web site.