FROM Haiti to Calcutta, Somalia to Ethiopia, award winning Killarney photographer Valerie O'Sullivan (pictured right) could be working in any part of the world at any given time. Back home in her native Kerry, she's regularly found hanging off the side of a mountain or in other equally obscure locations, just to get that perfect shot.
More recently, the award winning photographer has turned her attentions to the Irish west coast and her latest collection has just been published and can be found on the shelves of local bookstores in the coming weeks.
Valerie will be signing copies of 'Ireland's Atlantic Shore…People and Places from Mizen to Malin', in Killarney Bookshop on Saturday, October 27, at 3pm.
A glossy 218 page publication, over 300 pictures are featured, a healthy mix of landscape and portrait.
"It's a journey of people and places and highlights the diversity of the landscape and its people," she explains.
The project took two years to complete and also has local graphic designer Cathal Cudden on board, whilst featuring essays from journalists Breda Joy and Maria Moynihan.
"I've always been intrigued by the sea and living in Kerry adds to an understanding of it," she continues.
"The Kerry landscape is rugged and beautiful, similar to west Cork, but it varies in every other county, as do the people."
She says that photographing the entire Atlantic coast has provided an insight into the rich diversity of lives within.
"I was interested always in the people and the book helped me focus on their livelihoods. For instance, it was apparent how much the fishing industry has declined in the south west, whilst further up the coast the seaweed industry is rampant.
"People are the bread and butter for photographers and along the coast they're warm people. They're great to talk, once you sit down with a cup of tea they open their lives to you," she adds.
21 years a photographer, the book is the follow up to Valerie's previous book 'I Am Of Kerry' published nine years ago.