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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.