Tourist Trap

There's a remarkable, resilient quality to being a tourist we don't always appreciate--I mean the way being a visitor to an area makes an arched bridge look detour-worthy and turns a thorny collection of gorse branches into a bouquet. A regular might roll their eyes at that stranger wandering around a mucky field and photographing the underside of an aqueduct but the tourist is happily oblivious, content instead to wander and explore with fresh eyes. Of course, I'm not even the best tourist--I never like my shoes getting too muddy and prefer sights a not-too-far walk from wherever the car can be parked. And perhaps I'm just waxing poetic since we had a different destination in mind and got a bit turned around, but I enjoy seeing people get excited about ordinary things. When I studied in Greece I made a habit of photographing different signs I saw written in Greek--sometimes they were historic plaques, other times graffiti, and I even snapped a few protest banners. I was studying Greek (although I never did that well), but for me it was more about how different and interesting the writing looked compared to what I was used to. Even something as simple as a road sign is rendered a curiosity when you're traveling (as long as you're not the one driving and struggling to decipher it).

Outfit details:
Anthropologie jacket
vintage shoes
Zara purse
*pictures by Thomas



  1. I love the processing of these pics! And it's so nice to see close-up portraits once in a while :)

  2. I can't describe how beautiful I find these photographs. Can you tell me what camera do you use and how do you edit your photos? Thank you!

  3. you are so cute! i love your bangs here!


  4. When I was little and we used to paint our eggs and roll them down the hill at Easter, we used the yellow bit of that plant to boil them and turn them yellow. Think it's called windbush. Maybe just an Irish tradition because it sounds a bit strange now I'm writing it haha. Have a lovely time while you're here :)

  5. I love playing tourist, even around where I live, seeing familiar places with new eyes. But especially exploring new places too. Lovely setting and lovely photos too!

  6. so gorgeous! these photos are amazing!

  7. Great outfit Rebecca!! Hope your having a great time in Ireland. Oh I simply love your shoes they almost look like Keds. Are they Keds or something like them? I think a red pair would go great with your outfit as well.

  8. @Anonymous 9:46, I used a Canon Mark and I edited in Lightroom--I have more camera details listed in my about section & I offer photo tips every Tuesday.

  9. @Anonymous 11:19, these shoes are by Bass. Red probably would look nice, but didn't manage to pack my red flats this time. :)

  10. I hope you're loving Ireland :)
    Just wanted to comment on the photos above. They are absolutely stunning - one of the first times photography as an art form has captivated me. Couldn't help but be reminded of Edgar Degas paintings and drawings.

  11. That polaroid of you oh my goodness <333

  12. what a beautiful location! your photos always inspire me!

    at this volume

  13. I love that new place feeling, being surrounded by things you have never seen before. I think it's why people don't tend to travel their homeland as it's not so new to their eyes.


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