There are very, very few photographs on JAA that I didn’t take myself, however the image above of Brigid the Sheep reading a copy of the charmingly illustrated children’s book ‘This is Ireland’ by Miroslav Sasek is from Makers & Brothers (I have written about them here and here). I ‘borrowed’ the image, and I hope the brothers don’t mind, because I was totally smitten by it: heaven alone knows what that says about my inner psyche.
Speak of the psyche, and as it’s St Patrick’s Day, the Irish psyche in particular, I recently learnt that in all probability Sigmund Freud didn’t utter the following words, about us Irish, which are often attributed to him: ‘This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.’ Leastways, there is no evidence that he did according to the FAQ section on the website of London’s Freud Museum. That is a pity as it’s a potently good quote and would explain a lot!
Anyway, my conscious explanation for loving the image of Brigid and her book is that it evokes (for me) some of the things I like most about Ireland and being Irish, namely: the green open spaces; the (in certain parts) hauntingly beautiful landscape; our love of books and our noteworthy literary history; our creativity; and given that most likely Brigid the Sheep didn’t major in art appreciation – our sense of humour.
HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY!