“We have made our mark on the world, but we have really done nothing that the trees and creeping plants, ice and erosion, cannot remove in a fairly short time.” This quote by John Steinbeck offers a snapshot of the key themes in Sarah Pannell’s latest photo series Wayside, in which human presence looks small against the backdrop of Ireland’s untamed countryside.
Photography by Sarah Pannell
During two annual visits to Ireland, Wayside explores the contemporary Irish landscape; ancient land which has been morphed and manipulated by human presence.
Feeling incapable of documenting such unbridled beauty, Pannell remarks on the relationship between the built and the natural in small town Ireland, and at the same time contrasts these scenes with familiar everyday scenes of human connection and mutual admiration of the surrounding beauty. Fleeting journeys via famous landmarks, with intentional diversions. The tension between nature’s unrelenting ferocity and the human-made elements which force themselves onto the landscape are what drive Wayside.