Love Letter to Ireland / by Sonya Paclob

I went to Ireland last summer. It was the best thing I've done in my college career. The trip was great to rediscover myself as a creative.  

I spent six weeks in Donegal, Ireland and worked with other students for a video documentary. By the end of the documentary, I found out I was more than just a photojournalist. I love doing video. I want to do more of it when I tell stories. 

I hope when you do see these photographs, it moves you. It inspired you by the sway of the leaves, the droplets, or the waves.... I hope it moves some part of you do discover, travel, and change.  

For just a moment being in Ireland, it made me feel like I could do anything. In working with the video documentary, I learned something from a restaurant owner in a little town called Letterkenny. He said, "Everyday is a school day." No matter where you are; school or not, you learn... about anything. You have the ability to pick and choose your knowledge.  

Some of the photographs are in Donegal, Dublin, Belfast, and Derry. The video documentary I made was Made in Donegal, a emerging and growing  food movement in Northeast Ireland.