From the Giant’s Causeway to Victoria Bridge to the Cliffs of Moher – a collection of photographs by local snapper, Gareth Wray has become an overnight internet sensation.
Gathering almost two million views through his demonstration website, Strabane man Gareth’s landscape photos have been described as “stunning” by the British red-top tabloid.
Gareth though is humble about his achievements, emphasising instead his passion for capturing the scenes for posterity.
“It’s a hobby for me,” he remarked this week.
“I’ve been doing it regularly now for the past two years.
“It’s all about good locations and good equipment. Being in the right place at the right time of the day helps too.”
Sunrise and sunset are two recurrent themes running through Gareth’s pics; long shadows, and thousands of hues of reds and golds and oranges.
He added, “I have a Flicker account (on the internet) and a lady from the Daily Mail contacted me and saying she’d seen the site. She then wrote an article about the site, the hidden beauty of Ireland for the paper’s website.”
Gareth has only been posting photos to the internet for the past year and a quarter, but such is the quality of the images and the authentic atmosphere depicted, the views weren’t long totting up.
“It’s about to hit two million,” he laughed.
“You get some good comments and you get some company contacts as well. So far I’ve had some of my pictures in brochures and flyers and onto other websites.”
For Gareth though, each image is the end product of a mission to capture it. To that end, he spends countless hours researching locations and checking the weather forecasts, so that his final captured scene is as unique and as perfect as he can make it.
This dedication also involves a fair bit of scrambling over cliffs and up and down ruined buildings.
“I love it,” he said. “It’s addictive too and it takes up a lot of time.
“During the good weather, every couple of nights I’m away looking for more. I have a campervan too, which helps as well. That lets me stay away.”
For more information and to more of Gareth’s landscapes and vistas, log onto www.hdfox.com