Why Shoot Landscapes? / by Geoff McGrath

Over the past few years, I have come to love Fine Art & Landscape Photography.   There is something immensley pleasing about being able to pause and create something unique and personal from something that it so timeless and immense.  Its like I am borrowing from the beauty of Ireland, to tell my own story.  For me, nothing could be more humbling and more special.  I hope that you share my thoughts!


I am really drawn in particular by Landscape Photography.  Northern Ireland is just teaming with natural beauty.  Our country has been known for so long for its violent past, but in recent years with the help of the film & television industry, with programs such as Game of Thrones and many others, the world is starting to see the beauty that we here in N.Ireland often take for granted.


I find it very pleasing to be able to get the opportunity of capturing these iconic scenes and locations in my own unique way.  For me, Landscapes are personal.  Every shoot I undertake is a personal pilgrimage into my passion for this beautiful land.  I hope to create a collection of unusual and somewhat different images that will cause viewers to take a moment and see something timeless, yet new and vibrant in our beautiful country.


This image above of this desolate little ruined cottage is just on the road to Cushendall from Ballymena.  Being from Ballymena, I have passed by this iconic scene many many times and always felt a draw to it.  Once I latch on to a scene, I will, like Ansel Adams return to the scene of the crime many times, each time looking to see if it will tell me a little bit more of its story.


I photographed this scene with my first SLR, an old Canon Ft-b and I am so pleased to return and shot this same scene with my Hasselblad and my digital SLR as well.  How amazing that 30 years on, this little ruin is still here to be savoured and enjoyed.


Take a moment and enjoy this beautiful land.  You never know what you will find...

Geoff McGrath