Best of 2010

28th December 2010
It's the time of the year again when you look back over the past months and try to decide if it has been good or bad. Despite the recession I can't really complain although the year had its dark moments for me. A car crash and what you could call an artist's depression were among them.

On the bright side I had several truly awe inspiring photographic moments like my first visit to the Skelligs and a foggy morning here at my home in West Clare. The image Ethereal Dawn was the result of the latter one. Another highlight was when I was invited to join the Meet Your Neighbours project. It's been a challenge so far but a very enjoyable one. I also found my way back to my roots as a wildlife photographer and started working in black & white, another challenge I enjoyed.

And of course there was the publication of two books Ireland - Glorious Landscapes and The Wildflowers of Ireland and the prospect to work on new book projects. Other small highlight for me were the purchase of a new lens, the Canon 24mm TSE II, a beauty and the sharpest and most versatile lens I have ever owned, and the discovery of Hahnemuehle fine art papers. I never enjoyed printing images this much. Talking about printing I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who purchased a print (or book for that matter) this year and helped keeping my boat afloat. And for me it is a nice thought to know that my images hang on some wall in places as far flung as Singapore.

So as I said overall I can't complain and 2011 looks very promising and exiting as well. To complete this little look back I put together my 15 personal favourite images of 2010.

All the best for 2011, see you on the other side!


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