Carsten Krieger lives in Loop Head and is a well-respected photographer with a number of books to his name. This recent one, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, published by The O’Brien Press, is a beautiful addition to his growing list.
The book is:
… a photographic journey down Ireland’s Atlantic coast from Donegal in the north to Cork in the south. This beautiful book showcases the west coast in all its wild beauty: dramatic view, abundant nature and wildlife, lighthouses, harbours and quaint seaside villages, as well as heritage, history and people.
It is a beautiful book for sure. It is split into four sections:
Chapter 1 Donegal to Mayo
Chapter 2 Mayo to Clare
Chapter 3 Clare to Kerry
Chapter 4 Kerry to Cork.
The scenery in the photographs is, as you would expect, stunning. The photographs, as you would expect, are also stunning – it is easy to see how Carsten has gained such a great reputation. Each photograph is fully captioned, often with information about the area or the people being photographed, and there are numerous quotes from writers.
There are 159 pages and each page has 1–4 photos on it. Most are in colour, but there are some striking black and white ones too. The twenty-seven pages of Clare photos have a wide variety of subject matter, as do all the other WAW locations. Landscapes, of course (the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Loop Head, Kilkee, the Shannon, and more), visitor attractions (Poulnabrone dolmen, Doolin Cave), musicians, businesses (the Burren Smokehouse), sculptures (Willy Clancy in Milltown Malbay and a fisherman on Cappa Pier) and sculptors (Seamus Connolly from Kilbaha), lighthouses, boats and dolphins. There are sunsets and moody seas, flowers and rocks. They are all absolutely beautiful and a fabulous reminder of how gorgeous this county and country is.
This would be a lovely souvenir book for anyone “doing” the Wild Atlantic Way, a great present for family abroad, and a perfect book to have on your own shelf to take down in the midst of a dreary winter to remind yourself of why you live on the west coast of Ireland.