Carsten puts wonders of the Burren in the frame
The unique landscape of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is the subject of a new book by one of Ireland’s leading photographers.
This Is The Burren, Carsten Krieger’s photographic ode to the world-famous region, will be launched by Rose Hynes, a native of North Clare and Chairperson of Shannon Group plc, in Hyland’s Burren Hotel, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, this Sunday (November 29th).
The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, which was last week designated UNESCO Global Geopark status, is amongst Ireland’s most enigmatic and magical landscapes.
The 176 photographs featured in This Is The Burren capture the essence of the Burren, including its weathered karst landscape, the ever-changing light; the exotic flora; the elusive wildlife; the tombs, cairns, forts and churches, and the people who call the Burren their home.
Carsten Krieger, who was born in Germany, visited the Burren after learning it was the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. More visits followed before he and his wife finally decided to move to County Clare to be close to the unique landscape.
After publishing his first book, Carsten moved on to other projects, but said, “The Burren always stayed close to my heart and in all the books I have made over the past decade the Burren pops up in each of them in one way or another.”
Carsten returned to the Burren to take more photographs in 2011, a project that turned into his new book. “Although four years sounds like a long time I could easily have spent another couple of years exploring and photographing the Burren, and most likely will do so. Every trip brings something new and unexpected and a reason to return another time,” he said.
Cllr. James Breen, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council described the new book as “a valuable photographic record of one of the jewels in the Irish tourism crown.”
He added, “Carsten’s photographs illustrate perfectly how remarkable the landscape of the Burren really is and why the work of organisations such as the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark in heritage management and sustainable development throughout the region is critical. The book also is a tribute to how man and nature are deeply entwined in the Burren and have shaped each other over the millennia.”
“We are delighted to have been able to support Carsten and the publication of this book which demonstrates the enormous wealth of history and geological significance associated with the Burren and Cliffs of Moher,” commented Carol Gleeson, Project manager, Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark.
She continued: “Since 2006, Clare County Council has been working in the Burren to develop a truly sustainable tourism destination that gives direct benefits to the local community, promotes and celebrates local culture and produce, preserves the environment and provides a great experience for our visitors. Carsten’s photographs gives credence to this amazing landscape and the wide range of fantastic work that is ongoing throughout the Burren through sustainable practices.”
Carsten Krieger’s This Is The Burren, which is introduced by local author and broadcaster P.J. Curtis, will be launched in Hyland’s Burren Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, this Sunday (November 29th) at 5.00pm. The launch event will also feature musical entertainment from Jim McKee & Band and the Jaskane Café Trio.
This Is The Burren (The Collins Press) is available in all good bookstores and online at www.collinspress.ie.