Irish photographer PJ Rankin shares some of his stunning photography of Ireland, and the pictures will make you want to drop everything and book a flight!
Owner of Drop in the Ocean photography, Rankin grew up on the stunning Clare Island off the coast of Co Mayo. Now, he finds himself based in Co Cork and still exploring all that Ireland’s landscape has to offer.
Says Rankin: “From its modest peaks to its stunning coastline, Ireland’s landscapes have always kept me enthusiastically trying to capture its beauty with camera in hand.”
“My interest in landscape photography began before I had access to a camera and was more associated with the environment of my upbringing."
"Having enjoyed an unconstrained childhood exploring Clare Island which lies off the coast of Co. Mayo, adventuring around its diverse landscape from beaches and coves to 300ft high sea cliffs near the lighthouse always captivated me, and still does to this day.”
“Clare Island’s rich history and association with famous Pirate Queen, Granuaile (Grace O’Malley) also lends to exploring the imagination as a young child while amusing oneself within her castle stronghold at the quay.”
“I have spent many times capturing a lot of the stunning locations around Ireland. This led me to continue the craft of building my photographic repertoire that I hope adequately reflects what Ireland has best to offer to any outdoor enthusiast.”
“Developing the next step in my photography by bringing these images from screen to print and seeing them up close and detailed in large printed format took my appreciation of landscapes to another level.”
“There’s nothing quite like seeing a beautiful image in tangible form and more rewarding when it hangs on a wall.”
“Ultimately, whether its the solace of exploring a beautiful location on my own, or enjoying it with others, I’ll continue to capture the Irish environment in its best light. If you do visit, getting out amongst some of Ireland’s beautiful landscapes really is good for the soul.”
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