Today we feature a superb picture of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick by Gareth McCormack. Clew Bay is strongly associated with Grace O'Malley (Granuaile), Queen of Umaill who ruled the territory now known as County Mayo. She controlled several castles and commanded a large fleet of ships. Grace became known colloquially as the 'Pirate Queen' and used this port frequently. Gareth explains:
"This shot was taken from a hill overlooking Clew Bay one winter's afternoon. The light on this occasion promised to produce an unusual shot. The sun had disappeared behind high cloud, leaving a bright reflection on the water and strong shadows on the many small islands in the bay. Knowing my film would accentuate this contract, I composed using a telephoto lens to draw together the boat, trees and distant silhouette of Croagh Patrick."
I like the layers of this image as highlighted by Gareth and the cool winter tones. You can browse or buy Gareth McCormack's stunning prints here.
- Mark Sheils
Founder, Picture Ireland