It's been called an island of "terrible beauty". Canadian photographer Frank King captured this beauty and more during two visits.
From waterfalls and ocean swells to sunsets and sectarian graffiti, Frank ranged far and wide to make his vision of Ireland, all using old-fashioned negative and slide film.
Indeed, Frank's choice of medium affected the layout of Ireland: Visions of Light. Almost all the photos from his 1987 trip are kept small to retain the negative film quality. Most of the rest, captured on 35-mm. and medium format slide film in 1993, are shown in their full glory.
Frank's fascination with Ireland starts in his birthplace, the once mainly Irish Quebec hamlet of Shannon. As an adult, Frank reconnected with his roots through Irish music and history and this spurred his visits. And this book.
He used a Nikon FM2 camera for his first trip, augmenting it in 1993 with a Pentax 6x7 medium format camera. A tripod was essential, as was a polarizing filter to reduce reflections on water and foliage.
All the photographs in Ireland: Visions of Light were processed with Photoshop Elements 4.
Frank's other self-published books include Illuminations and the "Seasons of Light" series: Greenwood, Southern Ontario and Alberta.
His other Blurb books are "The Alberta Badlands: A Landscape Portrait" and "Special Places: A Landscape Photographer's Vision of Southern Ontario".
For more than 30 years, Frank King has juggled making pictures with his career, first in journalism and now as Communications Manager with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada/Samaritan's Purse Canada. Besides Ireland, he's photographed extensively in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. His awards include Best in Show at the 1982 Markham Fair and Honourable Mention in the 2010 Calgary Stampede Photo Competition. His work has been featured in calendars by CBC Radio (Calgary), the Calgary Herald, Beautiful British Columbia magazine and the Irish Canadian Society of Calgary. He lives in Calgary, Alberta with wife Lori and an eccentric cat. "Frank is one of those rare people ... who makes each of his wonderful images seem like a masterpiece, with great care given to the details, as well as the overall composition and statement." -- Photographer Ed Brodzinsky, flickr.com
Frank King's SOUTHERN ALBERTA Published February 19, 2014
Frank King's SOUTHERN ONTARIO Published November 25, 2012
’Til the SOUL felt its WORTH Published June 05, 2012
The GENDER DIVIDE runs through my DISHWASHER! Published January 20, 2012
Moments of Light Published December 16, 2011
Blue Symphony Published June 14, 2011
S p e c i a l P l a c e s Published January 09, 2011
THE ALBERTA BADLANDS Published September 28, 2010