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Profile: Edward Mooney

We have been researching other photographers, artists and writers that focus on travel and ideas of ‘place’ in their work. Recently, we came across the work of Edward Mooney, an Irish photographer and blogger, who blogs at http://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com/. We fell in love with his beautiful atmospheric imagery of old ruins and castles in Ireland.

Edward Mooney
Edward Mooney

Edward has been a keen photographer for the last 5 years and is now concentrating on combining his passion for photography with his interest in history, old ruins, folklore and mythology. Edward spends a lot of his free time travelling around the Irish countryside in search of his next adventure, which he fondly refers to as “Ruin-hunting”. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it!

Edward says about his work that:

I have always had a deep interest in the fascinating history and lore associated with Ireland, sometimes sprinkled with a pinch of the arcane for good measure. With much of my current work I get a chance to merge these interests into my images. When I explore many of these ancient sites, I feel like I am entering another realm. The Realm of the Past so to speak.

Another aspect of Edward’s site we love, is his wonderful collection of interactive ruins maps, which has some synergies with our other ongoing creative project Geokult. The maps are composed in Google Earth and most of the map pins feature a photograph of the site by Edward. This is an ongoing project which is being continually expanded to include Edwards discoveries of new ruins and significant sites. We are certainly inspired to go and see some of these magical places for ourselves one day.

Here is his map of Dublin:

You can find Edward’s work online at:

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Profile: Vintage Creations

A few weeks ago in my post Idyllic Canberra Sunday, I mentioned that I found a stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets that makes bags from recycled leather jackets – Vintage Creations. The bags cans be worn 6 different ways, which is really cool!

The following weekend I purchased one of these beautiful bags as a birthday present to myself. Leisa the designer, made me a bag, specifically designed to carry my laptop and an A4 folder. This is because I wanted a bag that was suitable for work as well as a bag that would be versatile when we travel.

There is something special about having a bag that is hand-made from recycled materials, eco aware and designed especially for you. The bags are really practical which I love – lined with waterproof material, so you can carry a water bottle, and lots of pockets so you can organise your gear.

I was really happy with the result, and as you can see from the pictures, the bag is very versatile, offering many ways to wear if differently. The front cloth panel is also interchangeable, so you can completely change the look of the bag so it can complement your wardrobe.

When we were at the stall, a number of people already with Vintage Creation bags, dropped in with friends, who then bought a bag for themselves. My colleagues at work have also been admiring my new bag, and seeing we are a tribe of sustainability fans, I am sure I will see some of my team mates sporting new bags soon.

Leisa also gave me a discount in return for writing about her bags, which I am more than happy to do for products and services that I support.