Irish landscape prints, irish landscape photography
Man Out Of Bog
Photograph by Aidan Monaghan
I had travelled to Connemara with my brother on a 4 day photography expedition to the west of Ireland. We thought that the timing of our visit in Mid July would guarantee us good conditions for shooting. On the contrary we experienced some of the heaviest torrential rain to fall the entire year. In fact we spent most of our time in the tent waiting for the weather to break or in the pub (which in Connemara is no bad thing!!)
The photograph Man out of Bog was taken in the early morning. The previous few hours had been spent standing waiting in full wet gear and umbrella, for some opening in the sky. Prior to this the morning had been completely rained out.
I had positioned myself within the drainage sheugh (ditch) of an adjacent turf bank. What interested me about this location was the incredible pattern formed by the cutting action of the manually powered turf spade in the bank, with its repetitive geometry and layered floors. Above the sheugh (ditch) sat the expelled turf sods wilfully stacked like miniature portal tombs in the foreground, contrasted against the wild rugged mountains and stormy sky in the background.
During a short window of approximately five minutes the weather briefly lifted. It was at this point I was able to get the shot. By now was knee deep in finest Conemmara bog. Seeing my predicament my brother Sean came to my assistance. Reaching down and pulling me out by both hands he quipped, ‘you can take the man out of the bog, but you can’t take the bog out of the man!!!’
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- Aidan Monaghan
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- 3500x2334 / 2.5MB
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