Photographic Exhibition ‘A Special Place’ by Hugh MacConville - Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet - Visit North Mayo

Photographic Exhibition ‘A Special Place’ by Hugh MacConville, opens on Friday 17th November at 7pm in Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet. Hugh is a Sligo-based photographer and his exhibition captures the beauty of the Mayo landscape, rich in impressive mountain ranges and a vast area of bogs.

Hugh MacConville Artist’s Statement:

“In my photographs, I try to capture the subtlety of light and to express the wonderment I feel   at how light and landscape can change in an instant. I have always been fascinated by how the colour of the light that falls on the landscape can change dramatically depending on the time of day or what the clouds are doing. Even a small change in the direction of the wind can change the colour of the light.

When all of these elements in the composition of a photograph come together, it can evoke very strong feelings or remind us of memories of the past.

I love photographing the west of Ireland landscape because of the combination of sea, mountain, bogs and the ever-changing light. To capture it is a never-ending task that can never be completed as there will always be something more to see. This is why I consider myself to be so lucky in having lived here for last forty years.

In composing my pictures I have been more influenced by painters than by photographers. As a teenager I used to wander around the art galleries in Dublin, soaking up the images created by painters like Paul Henry and Jack B. Yeats. Hoping to emulate them, I got my first camera when I was 15 years old and I have been creating my pictures ever since.”

‘A Special Place’ opens Friday 17th November at 7pm and runs until January 2nd 2024.

Full event details can be found on the Áras Inis Gluaire website.

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