This is the third in a series of articles celebrating the photographic talent of the North Mayo region. This week we look at the exciting work of James Wright. James has worked professionally since 2002 and these days he specialises in shooting sports and events. What follows is a short interview with James about his relationship with photography:
1. How did you get into photography?
I got into photography at an early age when I was about 13/14 years old. Dad worked as a professional photographer, so our house was always buzzing with photography-related talk. It was hard to avoid all the cameras, lenses, photographs, magazines and the likes lying around the house and the more I learned about photography, the more interested I became.
My own ambition to go out and buy a camera and start taking photos came from when I would be out hillwalking in the mountains around Mayo. I would often encounter stunning views and I wanted to share these views with friends and family back home and no better way to do this than taking a photograph.
2. What do you love about photography?
The old saying ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ couldn’t be truer. I love the fact that a photograph captures a unique moment in time. It allows us to capture a visual record of something that we care about or that is important to us. Landscapes change. People age and pass away. Objects and buildings fade and deteriorate. Over time, our memories can become faded and confused, but photographs allow us to hold onto memories for longer. Who doesn’t enjoy looking at old photographs of themselves or loved ones when they were younger?
This is what I love about photography. It allows us to record and share our special moments with others.
3. What is your favourite place in the North Mayo area to take photographs and why?
I love all along the north coast of Mayo, but my favourite place has to be Downpatrick Head. The rugged coastline provides stunning panoramic views. The area is relatively untouched also which is rare in this day and age, and so the beauty of the area is very natural. The weather can change the landscape dramatically so there’s photographic opportunities all the way through the year. There’s also a considerable amount of wildlife in the area which provides another photography challenge.
Downpatrick Head is truly a mecca for landscape and nature photographers.