The American photographer Colleen Duffley travels the world on assignment bringing interiors by designers, architects and homeowners to life for publications in the US and further afield. Ms. Duffley says of her work 'I consider light my inspiration-it's what makes me want to be a photographer and what still keeps me interested and inspired every day'.
Recently, in spending time at Ireland's Ballilogue, the village-like stone Hamlet in the Kilkenny countryside, Colleen captured beautifully observed images of moments and details that look extraordinary. The beauty of wildflowers in a walled garden at Ballilogue, cows and sheep in the Kilkenny countryside and images too of the interiors giving the sense of one looking over her shoulder, through her lens, seeing what she's seeing, admiring her revelations and attention for detail.
The calm, light filled passageways to bedrooms and paintings behond, glimpses of a farmhouse dresser, china cups and saucers stacked elegantly awaiting tea perhaps, the patterned designer towels in bedrooms with fireplaces, folded and stacked on beautiful beds.
Vistas through shuttered sash windows overlooking a garden, Colleen's lens opening up the volumes of architecturally modernist double height living spaces, the beautiful glass atrium with balconies raised high over gardens and facing south, capturing the light, the shadow, the moment.
Her visual ruminations on traditional facades at Ballilogue, galvanised red roofs and pre-famine stone sheds, the ornate crockery, once part of dinner services long since gone, in the parlour of Mrs. Meaney's Cottage Museum. Her carefully selected detail shots suggesting so much yet leaving to the imagination the lives lived in this Cottage in Ireland's Ancient East close to the charming village of Inistioge.
Such a sumptious, inviting and extraordinary introduction to the Ballilogue Hamlet, where families and friends come to privately retreat down a road less travelled, enjoying exclusively the houses and gardens, 11 bedrooms, the tranquility and the connection to a beautiful part of Ireland. Colleen has captured the essence of Ballilogue. It's style, charm and simplicity, a home from home for so many planning that Irish vacation to rest, play, eat, explore and perhaps take home their very own photographic memories too.
A visual Irish odyssey, a photographic pleasure to behold by the very talented Ms. Duffley.