Still On The Sound - A Seasonal Look at Island Life
by Michael Faulkner
Publishers: Blackstaff Press (2009)
Hardback with over 250 colour photographs by the author
After publication of The Blue Cabin in 2006, I began giving talks and slide presentations on the subject of island living, and during Q&A sessions afterwards I was often asked whether I had considered publishing my photographs in some form – perhaps an illustrated version of The Blue Cabin, or a glossy follow-up.
In due course, I met with the excellent Blackstaff Press to discuss the possibilities – and Still On The Sound - A Seasonal Look at Island Life was the result. We decided a) to use the same anecdotal approach as The Blue Cabin, but to intersperse passages of text with sections of colour photographs; and b) to use the four seasons, starting with winter, as the structure on which a narrative could broadly be hung.
I am not a professional photographer by any means, but I’m rarely without a camera; and there is no more beautiful or inspiring place to make opportunistic use of one than Strangford Lough, and in particular the archipelago of islands, with their convoluted shorelines and their extraordinary variety of wildlife, that range along the western shores of the lough to north and south of The Blue Cabin and Islandmore.
Still On The Sound was a labour of love, and if that comes through from time to time in the text, I am more than happy.