I am a seascape and landscape photographer based in Co. Louth, Ireland. I am passionate about photography and have spent the last 10 years exploring the coastline of Ireland. We live in an incredibly beautiful country. I love the ruggedness of our shoreline and the ever-changing light and colours throughout the seasons. I will never tire of exploring our seashores and revisiting favourite locations. I am fortunate to live quite near the coast here in the east of Ireland. Beaches in Louth, Meath and Dublin are all within a 30 min drive from where I am based. I feel very strongly that as a photographer it is important for me to appreciate and capture the beauty on my own doorstep.
I am happiest at the shoreline. It brings out the best in me and my work. I have an intense love of the sea and I try to bring across that emotion in my images. I am filled with joy when all the elements come together for me in terms of light, mood and energy in the ocean. It brings me great happiness to be able to capture that. I feel so happy when the viewer too connects with my images and feels it in their soul. At the shoreline I discovered the pure joy of living in the moment. Listening to the sounds around me, and being aware of the ever-changing light and the ebb and flow of the tide. To me it is a form of meditation. I feel truly connected with nature when I am at the shoreline. I can forget about everything else going on in my life and just live in the moment. The strong affinity I have with the sea was strengthened even further when I had cochlear implant surgery at the end of 2016. Having been deaf since childhood I now had the gift of hearing. I was able to hear the ocean and the waves crashing at the shoreline for the first time and thus felt truly connected with my surroundings. In addition to hearing the ocean I was also able to hear birdsong, the crunch of seashells under my feet and the wind. All this makes for an incredibly enjoyable experience on the beaches that I explore. I feel that this stronger connection with the world around me has been reflected in my work over the past few years.
Finally, I would like to say a few words of thanks. The photography community in Ireland is close knit and members are very supportive of each other. I take inspiration from all the hugely talented landscape and seascape photographers I engage with daily. Thank you for all your ongoing support, kindness and friendship. I look forward every day to seeing your beautiful images from all around the country.