Erin Go Bragh!

posted on 22nd of february, 2007

Erin Go Bragh translates to "Ireland Forever" and in the US where everyone claims to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day, it is often heard.
Alien St. Patrick's Day
Green beer
In parts of the world, March 17th is all about beer. Specifically, green beer. Very green beer tends to look like dish soap even under the best conditions. Better to concentrate on other Irish symbols that are more easily photographed or on only slightly tinted ale.
St Patrick's Day green beer
Creating holiday symbols is often easier for illustrators than photographers. After all leprechauns are very elusive creatures and besides they may be drunk all the time. Why else is beer associated with the celebration?
Abstract St. Patrick's
St. Patrick's Day
Some familiar Irish icons are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (where the leprechauns hide their money), a shamrock (not a four leafed clover), leprechauns and leprechaun hats and harps.
Images of people wearing green can be successful, especially if shot in controlled settings. On this, the most Irish of holidays, people tend to be a bit wild and not so photographic as a result. But party shots could work as news with releases. And costumed attractive models are good on a certain type of calendar.
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Irish Eyes!
St. Patrick's Day events are held in many cities and countries worldwide. The Chicago River in that immigrant town is dyed green. New York City has the biggest St Patrick's Day parade in the US. And in Ireland the celebration lasts for five days. If you can't get model releases from any participants, try to concentrate close-up on the symbols they are sporting or photograph just their hair, green hair that is. (Oh and a tip: a release signed by a drunken model just might not stand up.)
As you create images specific to a holiday, ask yourself why a designer, photo researcher or art director would want St Patrick's Day images. How might they be using them and for what products or events? And on St. Pat's Day and the days leading up to it, watch the web, TV and print for Irish symbols as part of your ongoing research. And remember: wear green.
Comments (13)

Posted by Ellenboughn on March 23, 2007
Thanks, Carla. It's great when the blog helps to create successful images. Thanks for letting me know.
Posted by Korat_cn on March 23, 2007
Always seeking for new tips and ideas... DT accepted this image inspirated by this blog:
 Three Leaf Clover page 
Posted by Odm on February 25, 2007
excellent Work...
Posted by Jmci on February 25, 2007
Ellen - sorry if I sounded argumentative (I'm Irish!).

In the Irish language, the correct translation of 'forever' is 'go brach'. However, Irish is still a minority language (even in Ireland) and when transcribed into English, words ending in 'ch' often get changed to 'gh'. For example 'loch' (Irish for 'lake') becomes 'lough' (as in Lough Neagh, Lough Leane, Lough Foyle, etc). That probably explains the dictionary entries you mentioned, but I suppose it all comes down to how pedantic you want to be!

Thank you for posting your articles - your advice is really useful.
Posted by Ellenboughn on February 24, 2007
Yes, your spelling is correct but according to several dictionaries, so is the one that we used. We are all right!
Posted by Jmci on February 24, 2007
Point of information - the correct spelling is Erin go Brach!
Posted by Shootalot on February 24, 2007
I shot those green balloons last year-thanks for featuring it. I almost forgot about St. Patrick's Day.
Posted by Sandralise on February 23, 2007
Thanks Ellen for featuring my photo(St Patrick day green beer) in your article!!
Posted by Jwblinn on February 23, 2007
Thanks a bazillion, Ellen, for featuring an image from my Irish Lass series! A 'certain type of calendar'? ;)
Posted by Kittycat on February 23, 2007
Thank you Ellen for the creative ideas.
Posted by Vtupinamba on February 23, 2007
Amazing Ellen ! thank you a lot for share your knowledge.
Posted by Galluccio on February 22, 2007
Fantastic! Thanks a lot Ellen!
Posted by Cathysbelleimage on February 22, 2007
Thanks for the tips !!!

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