MERMAID

NORTH ANTRIM COAST, NORTHERN IRELAND

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAULA O'HARA



“Her voice echoes out above the water.
Her song seeming to have many singers.
Her pitch calming.
Calling to them.
Beckoning them to the rocks.”
– The Shell Sprites

'Mermaid' in Gaelic is 'Merrow'. According to Irish folklore, these sea fairies were said to have frolicked in the frigid waters near the rugged Irish coastline. Like the Sirens of Greek mythology, they sang beautiful songs to lure the sailors or humans to them. Some fell in love with the men on the land but would shortly tire of their new circumstances, growing homesick for the sea and would always find a way to return...

Photography: Paula O'Hara // Styling: Alise Taggart // Location: Whiterocks Beach and the Giant’s Causeway on the North Antrim Coast // Florals: Hart Floral  // Makeup: Anita Conroy // Hair: Rebecca Donnelly // Stationery: Feasting Calligraphy // Dresses: The White Gallery // Model: Carrie Anne Burton // Veils and crown: Blue Meadow Bridal // Film scans: Photo Vision Prints // Jewellery: Natasha Sherling