Fastnet Helipad
Cape Clear Island. If you look hard enough.

The image above is a photograph of Cape Clear, an island just off the south coast of Ireland. Dramatic, isn't it?

To be honest, you might not spot the island at first glance. The helipad isn't on Cape Clear. It's on Fastnet Rock, the home of my favourite lighthouse. See that hump on the horizon?That's Cape Clear.

I don't actually have any proper photographs of the island. That's about to change. I'm heading there soon to kick off the photography for my new book.

Photographing for a book is a huge undertaking. To be honest, I've been procrastinating. Partly because I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to photograph for my next project; partly because I didn't have the fire in my belly to launch into such a big volume of work. I can tell you now that the fire is burning fiercely—lit by the unlikeliest of sparks. But that's another story (coming soon).

Cape Clear is the start

The topic of the book is also clear in my head now: Irish islands. Not all of them. There are thousands. Photographing them would take years and result in a book the size of an island itself. Instead, I'm limiting myself to 10-12 islands or island groups. I'll include the greatest hits, such as the Skelligs and the Blaskets, as well as some islands unknown to me too. I estimate the project will take a year to complete.

I've been to Cape Clear many times (I almost bought a house there once), but I don't have any gallery-worthy of the island. I'm looking forward to a proper photography visit and to exploring what I think will be promising locations.

In the meantime, here's another photograph of the island... taken from a small distance away. Just look beyond the thing in the foreground.

Fastnet from the Air
The Fastnet and its lighthouse with Cape Clear Island visible on the horizon, the closest point of land to the rock, which is often called the ‘Teardrop of Ireland’, as it was the last thing emigrants saw of their home country when sailing to America and Australia. (You can buy a print of this picture here: The Fastnet from the Air.)

Love photography? Want to learn how to produce images like this yourself? Check out my sister site, Elevation, where I list the photography tours and workshops that I organize.

I run trips within Ireland and abroad. Past destinations include Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard and the Faroe Islands.

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