by Saverio Mommo
As an Italian, taking a quick look at Tina Claffey’s book, Portal: Otherworldly Wonders of Ireland’s Bogs, Wetlands and Eskers was enough to truly capture my attention. Bogs and wetlands are places that I have never heard about before. Italy is best known for its delicious food, high mountains and clear seas, so the reason this immediately captivated me is simply because I’ve never seen anything like this in my home country.
Even though Portal might look like a simple photography book, I’ve actually learned a lot from it. In fact, I believe that this book showcases the power of imagery, as not only do these photographs capture important moments in time, but they actually inspire the mind. What an image from this book can do is quite outstanding, the colours of the bogs and the animals give life to that unique feeling that pushes us forward all day every day: curiosity.
Here are five stunning images from Portal by award-winning photographer Tina Claffey.
What’s amazing about this picture in my opinion is the way that it conveys the emotions this insect may or may not be feeling in this moment. You could easily understand how much under pressure this little spider is under and the reason why you can understand this feeling, is that you can empathise and feel these same emotions if your life or the lives of your children were in danger. This is the true beauty of nature.
If you had any doubts about the limits of nature, this wave of colour will sweep away any insecurity. The way nature can grasp our attention is simply incredible.
Without transformation nature would cease to exist. The world we live in is unique because it is ever changing, becoming more beautiful and strong every hour, every minute and every second. To ensure that we can still long enjoy its splendour, we must return to the natural world and appreciate that we must eradicate the bad habits of the last century that is leading to the destruction of our climate and our planet.
If you’re unsure that our unhealthy behaviour is really causing damage to nature, this picture is a friendly reminder that we must open our eyes in order to continue living the lives we desire.
This very last photo shows us that no fruit, vegetable or animal is identical to another. This uniqueness, this uniformity has an even greater meaning when it comes to main society: no two individuals will ever be identical, but we are all equal in nature.
Portal is available to purchase on our website and in all good book shops around the country!