Tina Claffey is an award winning nature photographer and author of 'Tapestry of Light-Ireland's bogs & wetlands as never seen before' released in October 2017.
For almost 10 years,she lived and worked in pristine wilderness areas in Botswana, and this experience awakened in her an appreciation of the natural world of Ireland. Her observations and unique perspective of the flora and fauna of the unspoilt raised bogs and wet woodlands of the Irish midlands are celebrated in her work.
Tina holds a BA (Hons) in Photography & Printmaking from the Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, and her work has won awards in international photography competitions including International Garden Photographer of the Year, BigPicture, and the Fine Art Photography Awards.
In 2017, one of Tina’s images was presented to Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, at the launch of the Community Wetlands Forum Strategic Plan 2017-2020. The President also requested the regular and special edition of her new book ‘Tapestry of Light-Ireland’s bogs and wetlands as never seen before’ to be included in his library at Aras an Uachtarain.
‘Bogs are magical places that defy any distinction between land and water. They are the last true wildernesses in Western Europe and are home to extraordinary plant and animal species that have adapted in this unique environment to survive.
I have been exploring these wondrous bogs through the seasons with my macro lens, which captures this enchanted wilderness in its minuteness, seeing beyond what the human eye is capable of. It amazes me how the residents of this wilderness, from the largest to the smallest living bug, plant & mammal had adapted its behaviour and sometimes physical characteristics to survive.
This is especially apparent in Ireland's hidden gem...her bogs & wetlands....a whole world of wonder to be explored.
Carnivorous plants with their sticky tentacles, sphagnum mosses frozen in time in the deep bog pools, ancient water creatures exploring their depths, kaleidoscopes of colour through dewdrops on the backs of wondrous insects.
Treasures of our bogs.
A wilderness on our doorstep. ‘