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Bundorragha River in south Mayo

Bundorragha River in south Mayo

The Twelve Bens in
Connemara

The Twelve Bens in Connemara

Glencullin Lough, also in south Mayo

Glencullin Lough, also in south Mayo

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Bundorragha River in south Mayo

WILD and rugged mountains, vertigo-inducing sea cliffs, pristine beaches, the power of the Atlantic Ocean and, of course, the weather.

Photographer Peter Gordon has long been enthralled by the west of Ireland, and his studies can now be seen in new book 'Atlantic Fringe'.

"Everyone complains about the weather in Ireland, but it gives an otherworldly feel to the landscape," he told the Irish Independent.

"When I was photographing Glencullin Lough in south Mayo, the beams of light coming down from the clouds seemed sent from God."

And the 30-year-old nearly did meet his maker when crawling out on cliffs. "When I photographed Bloody Foreland in Donegal, I was about five yards away from the cliff edge, and a 100ft drop. A bad gust of wind and I would have been history.

"Another time I found myself up to my waist in water on the Dingle Peninsula because I was so engrossed taking pictures, I didn't notice the tide coming in," he said.

Mr Gordon, who is from Shankill, Co Dublin, and is the son of award-winning photographer Ed Gordon, travelled the world with his camera after graduating from UCD.

"Nothing I photographed was as beautiful as the Irish landscape," he said.

'Atlantic Fringe' is on sale in bookshops for €35, and from explorelight.com.

Irish Independent