Tina Claffey

Tina Claffey

I am a nature photographer and author of the book 'Tapestry of Light-Ireland's bogs & wetlands as never seen before' published in October 2017.

For almost 10 years, I lived in pristine wilderness areas in Botswana, photographing the flora, fauna and wildlife whilst working in the safari tourism industry. This experience awakened an appreciation of the natural world of my home country of Ireland, in particular its bogs and wetlands.

My observations and unique perspective of the flora and fauna of the unspoilt raised bogs and wet woodlands of the Irish midlands are celebrated in my work.

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. 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. A wilderness on our doorstep.

I have exhibited in the US (New York & San Fransisco), Botswana, Zambia and throughout Ireland.

I have been honoured with awards from highly prestigious world competitions including Fine Art Photography Awards 2019, BigPicture 2019, Close Up Photographer of the Year 2019 and IGSPOTY Macro competition 2018.

My photography work is part of many art collections, such as the permanent collection at Aras an Uachtarain, the home of the Irish President.