Last Light, Dun Briste
From the series - The Point of The Deliverance
The Point of the Deliverance is the name given to a prominent rock which sits in the natural harbour of Portacloy, in the remote North West of Ireland. The name, which is at least many centuries old, was given by local fishermen who knew that if they passed that point during stormy weather, they would make it to safety. It is a name which perfectly encapsulates the struggle between the sea, and those who live on this unforgiving coastline.
This series of images maps out the edges of the Northern Gaeltacht, the Irish speaking area of County Mayo in the North West of Ireland. These photographs show a largely empty moorland landscape bounded by a coastline of high cliffs, sea stacks and temperamental and unpredictable weather systems. Each location was chosen due to its history, with the images of sea-cliffs depicting the sites of many Bronze and Iron age promontory forts and settlements. The moors remain as desolate as when they were emptied of people by subsequent famine and clearances.
An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Gaeltacht came to the world’s attention as the site of the Corrib Gas Controversy, a plan to exploit large natural gas reserves off of the coast which resulted in confrontations between protesters and the Garda (The Irish Police). It is one of the last true wilderness areas in Western Europe.
The choice of the antique collodion to depict these locations, seems apt to focus on events which are already fading from recent memory. To learn more about the Corrib Gas Controversy watch the trailer for the award winning film The Pipe here. These images are part of an ongoing project to document this area.
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Sonnets, Loch Lomond
From the series Sonnets
Stacashal, View East
From the series 'Land of my Desire'
Photogravure, 2013 (commision for Highland Print Studio)
Edition of 20
Rising above the North Lewis peat land, Stacashal is surrounded by small lochans, long deer grass, and the many long vacated shielings which lie ruined on its gentle slopes.
With a prominence of 700 feet, the views from the summit across the moors are impressive, with clear views to Muirneag in the North of the island, and Cailleach na Mòinteach (The Old woman of the Moors) to the South, her elegant form clear on the horizon. From theexposed summit I watched the slow approach of black clouds, and fragile rays of light which worked their way inquisitively across the landscape.
Standing beside an ancient chambered burial cairn, I decided to make my images of the moorland, using the points of the compass to help guide my eye over the ever-changing landscape. This series of works intends to create a dialogue with the work of Thomas Joshua Cooper, who three decades ago documented the peripheries of island, I instead choosing to document its heart of gneiss and peat.
Latitude: 58°13'59.99" Longitude: -6°34'59.99"
The Stack of Coire Faoin
From the series 'The Hebrides' more information coming soon.