Across the Field of Barley, Ireland - Reminiscent of Jeremiah Hoad

Written by
Across the Field of Barley, Ireland - Reminiscent of Jeremiah Hoad Across the Field of Barley, Ireland - Reminiscent of Jeremiah Hoad

It was high summer. the start of August and after photographing a river woodland I stopped to photograph this scene.

In front of me, on this hot day in the Irish countryside, a long scene of distant heather-clad mountains with green lower slopes and a vast field of golden barley.

A big sky filled with clouds allowed a little blue to show.

At the same time I photographed bees and thistles.

A few weeks later I saw a tweet, of an Irish painter that I had not heard of before, referencing a landscape from County Mayo in Ireland's west. It was Across the Bog, Mayo by Jeremiah Hoad.

And I was struck by the similarities between this fine oil painting of an Irish bogland scene and my own recent image of the barley field with mountains.

Even though my landscape photograph is not of Mayo, nor is it of a bog I do think there is a comparison to be made.

And while my image was not inspired by this artist's fine work, it is similar and definitely reminiscent of the oil painting.

Jeremiah Hoad, Across the Bog, Mayo
Jeremiah Hoad, Across the Bog, Mayo

Landscape photography does often emulate art and it is interesting that what subject matter painters have been representing on canvas over the centuries, photographers have been committing to film and screen.

I have been looking at Jeremiah Hoad's other artworks and am deeply impressed by this little known Irish artist.


Last modified on Wednesday, 02 November 2022 00:31
Darren McLoughlin

International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

Leave a comment

Contact Us
1000 characters left
Cookies make it easier for us to provide you with our services. With the usage of our services you permit us to use cookies.