As a latecomer to wildlife watching, the most surprising thing to me was the diversity and beauty of our native flora and fauna.
I hope therefore, that viewing this exhibition may Instil an interest in the hearts and minds of others, who, like myself, were unaware of the wonderful species we share our world with, or maybe re-kindle an interest in others that may have waned. In particular, I hope that many children will view the images, so that as they grow to adulthood they will have an awareness of the natural world and the need to protect it.
Michael Finn is a full-time professional wedding and portrait photographer; his business is based in Tallaght, Dublin. Born in Dublin in 1952, he has been a professional photographer since 1986. Michael, author of “Wild In My Country.....a photographic journey”, his first book of Irish Wildlife images, has won numerous gold, silver and bronze awards in the Irish Professional Photographers Association (IPPA) awards programme. He won best overall wildlife image in 2009 with a black-headed gull which was photographed in Sean Walsh Park. He was twice short listed in the ESB Environmental Photography Awards, winning second prize in the digital category in 2002. He is a three-time Kodak Award winner for his wedding portraiture. Michael’s images have also appeared in both Coillte and Birdwatch Ireland calenders and cards. His work regularly features in “Wings”, the Birdwatch Ireland magazine, with several issues featuring his images on the cover. Michael is currently working on a new book of Irish wildlife.