Capturing inimitable moments today to reflect upon tomorrow. My own 'take' as a geographer photographer!
I was born in the City of Derry, but have lived most of my life outside the bounds of Ireland; in England, Singapore, Togo, Italy, Ethiopia and Brazil. I returned to Ireland (Donegal) in 2012.
My photography, together with travel, have become two of my lifeâ€™s passions. My photography focuses predominantly on culture and landscapes; images which reflect a spatial and temporal journey through life and which try to convey a need to live in a more sustainable world. I seek the moment and the light in whatever context I find myself and endeavour to use my photographic acumen to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
I lead small photo tours in my 'own Donegalâ€™ and Ireland but also to other destinations. I lived in Ethiopia from 2006-2010 and since then have returned to take photographers to the Western and Eastern Omo, Harar, the Danakil desert and the highlands of Ethiopia. Additionally I take photo tours to Iceland, Namibia, Chad, South Sudan, Eritrea and India as well as travelling myself to discover and capture in new locations.
I have been published by National Geographic (online), a number of British and European digital photography magazines and newspapers and the Survival International calendar in 2016. I won Wanderlust photographer of the year (professional portfolio category) in 2016 and have been a finalist in Travel Photographer of the Year 6 times achieving a special mention in 2017 and in 2019 a special mention and commended in the â€˜Art of Travelâ€™ and winner of the â€˜People and Culturesâ€™ portfolio. I have also presented to the Royal Geographic Society, using images to convey an image of Ethiopia which contrasts with widely held perceptions. I aspire to have a vision for tomorrow - an Alternative Vision. I believe that photography can capture those inimitable moments and empower us the be the change we want to see in ourselves, our photography and our planet.
â€˜Itâ€™s not what you look at that matters, itâ€™s what you seeâ€™. Henry David Thoreau