Connemara – Horseshoe Solo
One of my new year resolutions for 2012 is to concentrate more on Personal Projects.
After all, it is the experience through personal work that made me the photographer that I am today. Shooting what I like with total creative freedom is reminding me why photography is such an important part of my life and why I picked it up in the first place. It keeps me going at times when clients become art directors and decide whats on schedule.
One of those projects for 2012 is Landscapes of Ireland. My plan is to go back to all the beautiful places in Ireland that I have been visiting in the past ten years to record the country’s beauty in the form of landscape photographs. I feel quite romantic about the idea of being on location, in rain and wind, waiting for the right light and to nail the shots that I’m looking for.
Well the journey has begun. Yesterday I visited one of my favorite places - Connemara. Climbing around the Twelve Ben Area is a real treat for the eyes and soul. This deserted landscape holds fantastic opportunities to take dramatic mountain landscapes, especially in Autumn and Spring when the sun still stands low.
I started in total darkness around 7am at the Hostel (N59) below Benglenisky (516m)
and finished as well after dark. I had not planned of being on route for over 10 hours but spending too much time photographing delayed me. Being it January it was still quite wet and at times it was so slippy that I had to slow down not to break legs or worse. On top of Bencorr (711m) I lost track of the original route in heavy fog and therefore did not make it to Derryclare (650m) as planned.
Instead the tour ended with a dangerous descent over one of the outer reaches of the horseshoe, which forced me to battle through sometimes ankle to knee deep mud and bog for more than 2 hrs, making my way around the massif to get back onto the N59. Probably not as romantic as described above but still a fantastic tour combining my two passions mountaineering and photography.
Hostel (N59) below Benglenisky (516m)