The islands off Ireland's west coast form a rich cultural landscape, the result of a unique combination of the forces of nature and humankind. This photographic collection, infused with warmth, spans almost fifty years. It celebrates the islanders and their environment, and reflects on disappearing traditions and values in the face of materialism and pop culture. The work portrays the islanders' spirit of perseverance in the face of adversity, their humanity and dignity, their wit and humour.
John Carlos became interested in photography while visiting Inis Mor, Aran Islands, aged 12 in 1963. He joined the Connacht Tribune seven years later in his native Galway. He became staff photographer with the Sunday Tribune in 1983 and won numerous awards including Photographer of the Year with the PPAI. He later worked with the Sunday Times before returning to live and work in the west of Ireland.