Outdoor Photography Magazine

01st July 2017
I am extremely pleased to have have been approached by leading magazine Outdoor Photography to submit one of my favorite photographs along with a written narrative about why I have come to love landscape photography. This has been featured in the August 2017 edition.

A place to see the light
Landscape photography not only gives Chris Ibbotson the perfect excuse to explore some of Northern Ireland’s most spectacular locations, it has also been his lifeline. He reveals the most inspiring places along the Causeway Coast and a special location he escapes to…

It’s Friday, it has been a very difficult week in the office – so what do you do? Do you go home, grab some beers, stop off at the takeaway, put your feet up and watch TV? Or do you put on your hiking boots, grab your camera and hit the road? I choose the latter; I choose life!

I have one of the best hobbies in the world, a hobby that not only gives me freedom to travel and explore, but one that is also good for the soul. I am a landscape photographer based in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. I have always had a love for photography, but it wasn’t until 2012 that it became a passion – a passion that quite probably saved my life. After a painful relationship breakup, landscape photography gave me a newfound purpose. It opened up a fresh way of being and brought me from darkness into light, and I now strive to capture that light in the photographs I take in my homeland.

I am very fortunate to live within an hour’s drive of some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, including a coastline rich in raw beauty, with golden beaches, sweeping bays and rugged cliffs. From the lush green valleys of the Glens of Antrim, to the high, narrow and windy road over Torr Head, it’s a coastline full of charm; one that brings peace and joy to young and old. With many quaint harbours and ancient castles perched high above the ocean, and views that are truly divine, it’s a coastline waiting to be explored. You can experience the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, suspended 30m above sea level, or hike along the magnificent Causeway cliff path before finishing your walk at the Giant’s Causeway. The Causeway is the Antrim coast’s jewel in the crown. Steeped in legend, it’s an area that is both giant by name and giant by nature, with its 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns.

So, with all this amazing scenery on my doorstep, where do I go to really get away from it all? That place is Murlough Bay, probably one of the most peaceful coastal locations in Northern Ireland. It’s an area I have frequently visited at sunrise – a time for photography that I embrace as often as I can. This beautiful bay is surrounded by high ground, with the immense Fair Head to the west, and Torr Head to the east. With a steep and narrow track down to the sea, you are guaranteed to be free from coach parties; it is just you and the local wildlife – arrive before sunrise and you might just see a deer or two. Bliss.

Now I ask you again… it’s Friday, work is over… how will you relax this weekend?

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