A Dún Lúiche photographer is offering his own vision of Donegal in a photo exhibition that opens tomorrow at Carrickfinn, writes Carolyn Farrar.
The exhibition, “Donegal Through the Eyes of Karl Harold, Photographer”, will be formally launched at Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn at 6.30 pm, tomorrow, Friday July 6th, and will run until the end of August. Prints of all the photos on exhibit will be available for sale in limited editions.
Karl’s striking Donegal landscapes are already known to many. The thousands of friends of his Facebook page, called Karl at Errigal Hostel, are already familiar with his work, as are the readers of Donegal Airport’s Take-Off Magazine, which features one of Karl’s photos on the cover of the current issue. One of his photos of the Poison Glen is on the the new Altan CD, Gleann Nimhe – The Poison Glen.
A passionate hill walker, Karl nearly always takes his camera with him on his journeys, and his memorable images have captured the Donegal landscape in all seasons.
The exhibition follows a successful charity calendar of his photos that Karl produced last year, raising nearly e4,000 for Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital, the hospital’s oncology department, and the nurses of the hospital’s Surgical 2. The calendars sold out within a month, and Karl said he was “80 percent sure” he would produce another for 2013.
A Dublin native, Karl had been manager of the Errigal Hostel, at the foot of Errigal, for 10 years until his partner, Andrea Laux, took over the duties recently. Karl, Andrea and their children, Caolán and Neala, live at the state-of-the-art hostel.
He said he stepped down as manager, in part, because of the serious health issues he faced in recent years. Karl was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006 and since then has undergone chemotherapy and two major cancer surgeries at the Letterkenny hospital.
“I’ve been through quite a lot in the last five years with health issues, and it was time to deal with it, really, on a personal level,” he said.
Karl pored over thousands of photographs to select the 20-22 that will be in the exhibit. He also wanted to extend his thanks to Gweedore pharmacist James Cassidy, and to Grace McDermott at Mara Media and Pauline Bonner Sweeney at Donegal Airport for their encouragement and assistance in organising the show.
“Donegal Through the Eyes of Karl Harold, Photographer” is on at Donegal Airport through Aug. 31st.