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Photographed and written during late 2008 and early 2009 the book was well received and included as part of Great Irish Book Week 2009. An exhibi… Read More
Photographed and written during late 2008 and early 2009 the book was well received and included as part of Great Irish Book Week 2009. An exhibition accompanied the book in a number of venues around Ireland. The images are straight landscapes. Only things I could have done in a traditional darkroom we done to the master files. This is not out of any sense of luddite purity but out of a desire to document a more realist landscape rather than the idealised tourist images which have become Connemara's common currency. Many, many people helped with the research and production and my editor Stephanie Boner deserves special mention and thanks. This book is for my wife Catherine and our two children. Read Less
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Connemara: Legend and Landscape
Text and Photographs Hugh McElveen
Omey Island looking towards Hy-Brasil.
Hi-Brasil was the Otherworld where the dead resided. Belief in it was so strong that when John Purdy made the first maritime maps of the seas around Ireland in the 19C he gave it co-ordinates. It wasn't until the maps were revised 20 years later that the island 'disappeared'
Spiddle, looking towards Hy-Brasil at dawn.
6C early Christian Men's Graveyard Omey Island
Quarry Oil Puddle Clifden
Modern Mag Mel Looking East,
The Mag Mel was the plain of honey. It was the ribbon of gold the setting sun cast on the sea in the west of Ireland. On this path of honey the days dead walked to get to Hy-Brasil.
Modern Mag Mel Looking West,
Many natural phenomenon were given mythological and religious significance. The Mag Mel is but one example and this practice was not peculiar to Ireland.
Rhododendron introduced by the British creeps up on a disused small holder's cottage.
Rhododendron, Turf and Road with Erratics
Breached Wall Famine Village
Pylons, Electricity Sub-station
No Dogs I
No Dogs II
Deserted Pub,
Rural depopulation is still a feature of the West of Ireland
Pub Window
Rejuvination
Erris Beg
Famine Village
Looking North From Erris Beg
St Patrick's Chapel Mam Ean