I had been trying to catch these traditional Galway hookers under sail for years but ended up literally getting in very nearly over my head one evening a few summers back. I found myself wading back to dry land through chest-high water with my camera bag held high above my head when the peninsula I had been perched on to get a good vantage point had fast become an island during a Spring tide! Luckily the only real causalities of the day were my phone and dignity!
Q - If you could only pick one shot of yours as your all time favourite, which would it be and why? Can you describe it to me in detail?
My own personal favourite would be one of my earlier panorama photographs, The Glen at Knocknarea. Growing up in Ransboro I spent a lot of time exploring and camping in the glen and have always found it to be a magical place. As a photographer the images I’m often most happy with are ones taken somewhere where I have a strong emotional connection with. The photograph itself was taken on a wet autumn afternoon and is made of 7 portrait images stitched together. The left of the photograph focuses on the rugged cliff face while your eye is drawn down the path to the right of the shot and into the heart of the glen. Most people who like this image tell me it conjures up images for them of The of Lord of the Rings or Narnia.
Q - In no holds barred, fantasy-land, where would this career take you? Go wild!
I enjoy taking photographs when I’m travelling but to be honest there are very few places that have such a diverse and spirited landscape as the West of Ireland. So if the National Geographic is ever looking for someone to take up an assignment west of the Shannon they have my number….