Portraiture venture captures the faces of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Weaving over 2500 kilometres of gorgeous Irish shoreline, since its launch in 2014, the Wild Atlantic Way has confirmed to be an extremely well-liked vacationer route. And whereas it boasts world well-known factors of curiosity just like the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare and Skellig Michael in County Kerry – which not too long ago captivated the world when it featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Ahch-To, the traditional home of the Jedi – one photographer is travelling it on a singular mission unrelated to sightseeing; to doc the those who stay there.

Portraits of individuals from Leap in West Cork being displayed within the city. Image by Shay Hunston

Created by freelance photographer Shay Hunston, the People of The Wild Atlantic Way venture sees him assembly with people in a variety of totally different villages and cities, studying their tales, and creating black and white portraits of them. “The project is a celebration of the wonderful people of the west coast of Ireland, an open-minded, independent, welcoming, tolerant people with great community spirit – a people free and wild at heart, living on the edge of the world. The opportunity to travel the route from County Cork to County Donegal and to put together a collection of photographs of these incredible people inspired the project,” Shay advised Lonely Planet Travel News.

Caroline O'Donnell from Ballydehob Cork
Caroline O’Donnell – Ballydehob, West Cork. “My grandmother as soon as advised me that so long as I have music and laughter in my life I’d by no means develop outdated. I take into consideration her on daily basis and take a look at to not develop outdated. She additionally stated by no means marry a person you haven’t seen drunk… I’m nonetheless excited about that recommendation.’
Image by Shay Hunston

Starting in Kinsale, Shay has already accomplished the West Cork part of the venture, and is at present engaged on County Kerry. As nicely because the picturesque, coastal route appearing because the backdrop for the enterprise, the cities alongside the Wild Atlantic Way have additionally confirmed to be good for exhibiting the portraits, with most of the shopkeepers and publicans displaying the items in store home windows, whereas neighborhood occasions have additionally been organised to showcase the likenesses of the townspeople.

Dickie O’Sullivan ‘Poke’ – Bantry, West Cork. “I grew up in a home with none electrical energy and no working water, we had a nicely 200 yards from the home and likewise collected water off the roof in a barrel from the gutters, all garments have been washed by hand. My favorite recollections from childhood have been listening to the oul fellas, they have been sensible, they’d nice recommendation and beautiful tales, possibly they weren’t all true however they have been good anyway. They would all the time say that getting right into a struggle was not a good suggestion, besides if it was completely obligatory, they stated the worst belt of a fist you ever gave anybody was to completely ignore them and so they’ll quickly neglect their argument, and so they have been proper. Image by Shay Hunston

“The exhibitions had a outstanding impact by bringing individuals collectively and giving them pleasure of their village and city. The individuals who took half within the exhibitions grew to become a subject of dialog and strangers would introduce themselves to them to speak about their and caption, and I have had correspondence from everywhere in the world in regards to the venture from individuals who have seen the images on social media. I’m additionally repeatedly assembly vacationers and asking them about their experiences alongside the route,” Shay stated.

People of the Wild Atlantic Way portrait project
Rachel Dare – Bantry, West Cork. “My favourite poem is – ‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver. I feel like its something that speaks very directly to me, it goes beyond just reading a page. I have connected to it so many times in my life when I needed to look back and say to myself – learn from your mistakes and that you don’t need to be perfect, its about the journey along the way rather than some kind of aspiration to have something nailed.” Image by Shay Hunston

Shay has already efficiently exhibited the work to audiences additional afield, and not too long ago showcased among the pictures in Panama City, Florida, the place projections of the portraits have been proven on the edges of buildings as a part of a pageant. Upon completion, Shay plans on publishing the images in a e-book, with all the proceeds from the gross sales to be donated to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

More of Shay’s work is accessible at his official web site.

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