Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

12th March 2015
When my publisher called me in May 2014 and asked me if I would be interested in putting together a book on the Wild Atlantic Way I knew I had a busy summer ahead of me. The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2500km driving route from County Donegal in the North to County Cork in the South of Ireland and was launched by the Irish Tourism Board in 2014... just around the same time I got that phone call.



Photographing the WAW over the course of one summer and doing it justice is impossible but luckily I had been exploring and photographing Ireland's western seaboard for over a decade so I already had a good stock of images.
This however didn't mean I could take it easy. The WAW is not only about landscape although the scenery is a huge asset and selling point of the route. In Ireland and especially in the West everything is connected: Landscape, heritage, people and nature... you won't get one without the others and to show this was one of the goals of the book.



A typical WAW day would have looked a bit like this: Get up early (really early) to catch the sunrise in some scenic spot, have a quick shower and breakfast, visit a pottery, smokehouse, etc., have lunch, visit some heritage sites or capture some wildlife, wait for the sunset in another scenic location... goodnight (hold on... did I have dinner?).
And then the summer was over. Unfortunately (from a photographer's point of view) it had been a great summer with loads of calm, sunny days which didn't help showing off the 'Wild' part of the WAW. Having said that the winter that preceded the summer of 2014 had been one of the worst on record with a series of violent storms that did cause widespread damage along the west coast... so I better not complain about good weather.



Autumn then was spent writing text and captions and selecting the images that would go into the book. For that I dug deep into the archives and found some long forgotten gems. In the end this book became as much a book on the WAW as a retrospective of my work of the past 10 years or so.
The book will be in the shops from 15th March and will be officially launched on 1st May at Kilbaha Gallery & Crafts in County Clare.


Comments

Photo comment By John O'Connell: Looking forward to this,be home in May,so get a copy or two then. Wish you all the best with the launch.
Photo comment By Paddy Morton: Who is the publisher of book on Atlantic Way ? Thanks

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