I was given this photo when I was pregnant. I meant to share it then, but I never got around to it. It is of my Great-Grandmother McKay, sitting with her three eldest daughters, and behind her her sister holding my Grandfather and his twin sister Nan.
I'm not sure where the photo was taken, but I imagine it was somewhere in Co. Cork as that was where the family happened to be living when my Grandfather was born (they traveled a lot with my Great-Grandfather's work in Customs and Excise) The house behind them looks both grand and decrepit with it's big window and a cornice of some sort around the door - but there's a broken pane of glass and everybody looks a little disheveled. I wonder what is growing on that frame in the foreground - raspberries? beans? roses?
It's really a 'snapshot' of an era (late 1920's/early 1930's Ireland) rather than a 'portrait' -it seems that they gathered for the photo on the spur of the moment in their everyday clothes. I'm sure for a 'portrait' their bob's would have been coiffed and their Sunday best donned - but I love it all the more for that - for it's simplicity - how easy they all seem together, the expressions on the children's faces and the imperfections in plain view.