We’ve all heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. One man who has a certain knack for taking pictures is photographer Enda Cavanagh and he has been so kind as to share some of his work with us. We think you’ll find that through his pictures, Ireland’s landscape speaks for itself.
This photo of Lough Easkey, is one of my favorites. It has been exhibited twice in Japan and is currently exhibited in the 2011 juried exhibition in the Centre of Photographic Art in Carmel, California. I love the sense of tranquility in the scene. The carcass of the old ruined car appears like a corpse submerged in its final resting place.
I took “Man and Dog at the Forty Foot” in Sandycove, County Dublin at sunrise on a beautiful but chilly April morning. It was my first image of the day and it’s my favorite. As I set up my tripod, an early morning swimmer and his dog walked in front of me and stood mesmerized by the early morning sun. At first I was annoyed but quickly realized that it was they who would complete the shot. Due to the publicity of the book I have since been contacted by the guy in the photo. He actually bought the photo. We had a lovely chat. He is a true gentleman called Dermot O’Reilly and is a frequent swimmer at the Forty Foot.
“Rock Wall, Black Head 1″ was captured on Black Head in the Burren. There is an ancient ring fort ruin a couple of hundred meters to the right and I have been told that these stone walls are older than the fort. For me they are piece of art and an integral part of the landscape.
‘The Wexford Slobs 1′ was captured in an internationally renowned, wild bird sanctuary situated on the south eastern end of the Slaney Region. I loved the decaying character of these timbers. The sea was extremely calm and this was enhanced by the long exposure of the photograph.
I took this photo of the Giant’s Causeway about 6 years ago with my previous Mamiya 7 film camera. I had stopped taking photos for many years up until this trip, and I kept making mistakes and worried my photographic instinct was gone. However, as the trip progressed I thankfully started to rediscover my instinct. This was one of my favorite shots of the trip, taken shortly after sunset, as I tried to keep dry from the water!
Now wouldn’t it be nice to have these images and more in a lovely book. Luckily, Enda Cavanagh has thought of that…
You may have noticed that we’re rather a fan of photographers here. We’ve had Dave G Kelly who suggested we Take a Seat in Dublin and the aerial brilliance of John Eagle soaring over Ireland’s Lighthouses. We’ve even taken you on a photographic tour of the caves, forests and cliffs of the Marble Arch Caves Geopark.