The Most Beautiful Travel Journal You’ve Ever Seen
Sometimes you come across something on the internet that truly blows you away. Sometimes it happens to be on Facebook, and sometimes, if you are lucky, you even know the person in real life. I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse at a post of a good family friend, Sheila Harrington, she had just uploaded containing a few of her travel journal sketches from a recent family trip to Paris, France. I was absolutely blown away by the artistic style, creative beauty and overall unique nature of the drawings.
As a documentary photographer, she had captured in her drawings the very emotions, feelings and moods that I strive to capture in my photographs, but she had amazingly captured and translated them to paper with pen, ink and watercolor. Something about the drawings continued to grab my attention, detail by detail they told a story, something more than can be found in a photograph sometimes. It was as if I was reading a real life comic book, packed full of the little moments, instants that make travel what it is and set it apart from the rest of our daily lives.
“I’ve been keeping sketchbook journals for years.” Harrington says, “They are full of notes and drawings of family, friends, daily life, work, travel. My children enjoy looking back at drawings of themselves and their activities when they were tiny. When I take a photograph, it happens quickly, and I don’t need to take in the image inwardly, but I have the pleasure of reviewing it over and over afterward. With a sketchbook journal it’s not the same; there is something about drawing and writing that obliges me to look more closely and reflect, so I take in and recall the subject differently.”
I have so much enjoyed pouring over Harrington’s sketches on her website from her family trip to Ireland as well as the few pages she has uploaded from her recent trip to Paris. She will be adding much more to her website in the near future and I would strongly encourage everyone to check it out at http://sheilaharrington.org/sketchbooks/ireland/
So the next time you go on a trip, be it near or far, think about throwing in a pencil and notepad to help you remember it all, I know I will.