Tyre tracks cross the sand next to a crumbled stone wall in Inis Meáin

Patterns. Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, 2022.

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THE LANDSCAPE OF GREEN AND GREY

The Landscape of Green and Grey is exhibited in the Gallery Laterna Magica in Helsinki, 11. - 28.9.2024. Finnfoto (The Central Association of Finnish Photographic Organisations) kindly supports the exhibition.

Green and Grey explores the coastal landscape of West of Ireland, focusing on the relationship between human and nature. The series documents, not just the apparent human traces in the landscape, but also what is essentially invisible: the sense of purpose, belonging and emotions that landscape confers to its inhabitants.

The landscape of Ireland's west coast has been formed through millennia of human activity. Forests and boglands are cleared and drained to make way for farmland, buildings and turf cutting. Roads, ditches and electricity pylons pierce through the bare and windswept environment. The land is cultivated, appropriated.

Despite of this profound transformation the landscape has retained its wild character. The forces of nature reign. Towns and buildings face constant barrage of Atlantic elements - ocean spray, moisture and gale force winds. Breakwaters and piers are eroded by winter storms. Briars and creeping vines invade derelict houses and dry stone walls with indiscriminate, overpowering vitality.

As an omnipresent backdrop of life, the landscape shapes the life of its occupants. For many it is a source of comfort and purpose in a precarious life.

The series consists of black-and-white giclée photography prints, printed by the artist.

A dog walks on a concrete wall braving the stormy weather and gale, there are crashing waves behind him

Zorro braves storm Franklin. County Mayo, 2022.

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A surfer concentrates before he paddles into the stormy Atlantic ocean during storm Franklin

Into the blue. County Mayo, 2022.

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The coastline of West of Ireland is full of rugged beauty. In the winter the landscape is a blend of muted green, grey and brown. Only evergreen trees and scrubs defy the damp chill. Frequent storms flood beaches with seaweed, brine and debris. With storms come wind warnings and occasional high tide surges. Nature dominates.

After winter the subtle colors of barren landscape morph into lush green. Ocean, the great mass of water, changes its color from steel grey to teal and cobalt. Never ending crashing and humming of waves continues regardless of witnesses. 

The cliffs and rocky shores are eroded by the waves. Terraced cliffs of Aran Islands expose this patient destruction well. Erosion marks the passing of time. In a very tangible sense, time is nothing but sedimentation and erosion of matter. 

Waves and winds corrode steel and concrete with the same indifference as majestic coastal cliffs, outpowering human endeavors.

An athletic man dives into wintry Galway Bay from the Blackrock diving tower, surrounded by vigorous clouds and sea

Eamon dives into Galway Bay. Galway, 2022.

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Black dog is running in the shallow water of the Grattan beach, sea, hills and clouds are in the background

Cú Sidhe of Grattan beach. Galway, 2022.

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Dark figure presses his hand against the hazy ferry window, rough sea can be seen through the window

Boat to Aran. Galway Bay, 2024.

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Two boys are sitting in a boat wreck in Claddagh, foggy Corrib estuary is in the background

Rubin and Milo at Claddagh boat cemetery. Galway, 2023.

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A rusty and broken shipwreck lies on a deserted rocky beach in Inis Oirr, Aran Islands

War of erosion. Inis Oírr. Aran Islands, 2023.

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Two graves stones with crosses on top on a cemetery are situated next to a shallow bay during low tide in Inis Mor

Terminal. Inis Mór, Aran Islands, 2023.

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A lonely surfer wearing a wetsuit holds a body board under his arm while approaching rough sea

Séan and the gale. Galway, 2022.

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Outlook. County Donegal, 2023.

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A tiny human figure walks on a beach that is patterned with silt and seaweed

Silt and seaweed. Céibh an Spidéil, 2022.

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An abandoned coastal guard station, a thick meadow is in the foreground

Abandoned coastguard station. County Donegal, 2023.

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A dry stone wall serpents through a wild and rural grassland in Inis Mor, Aran Islands

Dry stone wall. Inis Mór, Aran Islands, 2023.

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A metallic trapdoor on top of coastal cliff is open, dramatic waves  are crashing under the cliffs in the background

A safe place. Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, 2022.

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Waves are crashing and foaming white against the rocks before storm in Inis Meáin, Aran Islands

Before the storm. Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, 2022.

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Wave patterns on a sand drawn by escaping low tide

Sand pattern. Galway, 2022.

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A dirt road crosses through rural Connemara landscape in turbulent weather, a tilted electricity pylon and power line is beside the road

Road to Derrigimlagh. County Galway, 2023.

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A woman walks on Salthill promenade wearing a black robe next to a beach and tidal pool in stormy weather

Between showers. Galway, 2022.

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Restores dunes in are swaying in wind

Dunes restoration. County Clare, 2023.

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A grave monument depicts Jesus Christ carrying a cross on Via Dolorosa under stone arch, against cloudy sky

To Golgotha. County Galway, 2022.

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A goup of surfers wearing wetsuits are standing on a concrete slip leading to Atlantic Ocean, one of the surfers is walking into water, in the background two girls are playing in the waves

Winter day at Lahinch. County Clare, 2022.

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A pair wearing winter coats are walking on Lahinch beach, in the background surfers and swimmers are enjoying the sea

Eastern voices. Lahinch, county Clare, 2022.

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A man walks on the gangway of Blackrock diving tower, granite rock formation is in the foreground and sea in the background

Blackrock diving tower. Galway, 2022.

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A highway crosses moody Connemara bogland disappearing into the horizon

Road to Carna. County Galway, 2023.

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