The Aran Islands of Ireland.
Photographs by Josef Tornick.
Josef Tornick, Santa Fe, 2010. 25 pp., Pigment ink prints throughout, 17x22".
About the Ltd Edition
"It was splendid on Aran. The island has the character and personality of a mute God. One is awed in its presence, breathing its air. Over it broods an overwhelming sense of great, noble tragedy.”
-Liam O’Flaherty, 1927
The photographs in this portfolio were taken during the summers of 2005, and 2007. They are my personal response to my experiences of walking the lanes of these atmospheric, yet strangely insular islands of Inisheer and Inishman. Located in the mouth of Galway Bay, they are geologically connected to the western area of Ireland called The Burren, an escarpment of Karst limestone. I make no pretense to obtaining any profound understanding of this deep and long-standing culture, with its unique traditions, only a fascination with the haunting tonality of the landscape, and the special qualities of its people.
These photographs can only touch upon the places that made an impression upon my spirit; the Holy Well, the ruins of churches over a thousand years old, the endless miles of stone walls enclosing tiny plots of handmade pasture, the great banks of clouds through which the shifting light streamed in great flourishes, the wild Atlantic Ocean encircling these tiny islands. And the careful politeness of the gaelic-speaking villagers embodying a world of timeless connection to the weather, the landscape, and tradition……
This portfolio contains 25 loose signed, numbered and dated pigment print from this project.