Magazine article Geographical

Ireland's Coast

Magazine article Geographical

Ireland's Coast

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by Carsten Krieger

The O'Brien Press, hb, 16.99[pounds sterling]


Wherever you are in Ireland, you're never far from the sea. Its 3,000 kilometres of coastline host some iconic coastal landscapes, including the Giant's Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher. Ireland's Coast shows that beyond the tourist landmarks, it's the 'in between' places--the islands, the inlets and small harbours--that give it its character.

Carsten Krieger's photography can be sublime. An image of Killata Bay in County Mayo evocatively captures the water's edge, where green grass meets the still waters of the Moy River estuary in the soft morning light. In another, fog hangs over Bantry Harbour, evoking the claustrophobic solitude of empty boats hemmed in by a foggy harbour. This image does what good landscape photography should do--it puts you in the picture. It instantly took me back to balmy summer mornings on childhood holidays spent in Bantry Bay, when I would peer from the shore into an opaque seascape. …

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