29 May 2022

Corlea launch for new ‘Longford Landscapes’ photography book

Longford Landscapes: All proceeds from sale of the book will go to GOAL’s Ukraine Emergency Appeal

Corlea launch for new ‘Longford Landscapes’ photography book

The beautiful setting of Kenagh’s Corlea Trackway Interpretative Centre will be the venue for the latest collaboration of photographers to launch a beautiful collection of landscape photography – Longford Landscapes on Tuesday next, March 15 at 8pm.

The brainchild of the Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, Councillor Peggy Nolan, the images contained in the collection were originally submitted to a photography competition proposed by Cllr Nolan.

According to Cllr Nolan, “I initially proposed this project because, as a proud Longford woman, I wished to highlight all the wonderful things that Longford has to offer. Not just our natural environment with its unspoiled biodiversity but also the picture postcard towns and villages that are sprinkled throughout the county.

“The great value of photography competitions and publications such as this is that it affords artists the opportunity to hold a mirror up to the beauty of our natural and urban spaces to remind us of the riches therein and the pride that we should justifiably have in ‘our own place’ – Longford.”

The initial competition was administered by well–known Longford photographer Shelley Corcoran, who also curated the book.

Shelley, an award winning photographer in her own right, was immensely impressed by the quality of the work. “The beautiful images in this book show how aesthetically pleasing Longford county really is,” enthused Shelley.

The Longford Landscapes photography competition and resulting book was supported and funded by Longford County Council.

County Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy felt that the quality and amount of work submitted to the competition is a very good indication of a resurgence of interest in photography in a county that already has a long tradition of photography.

Mr Kennedy added, “In light of the recent resurgence in photography locally the County Arts Office intends to schedule an active programme of photography classes, exhibitions and workshops in the summer months.”

The overall winner was Lanesboro photographer Brigid Mullooly whose stunning photograph appears on the book cover.

Longford Landscapes will be on sale at the launch on Tuesday, March 15 in Corlea Trackway Centre all are welcome. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to GOAL’s Ukraine Emergency Appeal.

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