Cape Clear: falling through the cracksHow do you photograph the past? How do you capture the essence of what a place once was, without undermining its present? Cape clear island is the most southerly inhabited point in Ireland. A place of spectacular natural beauty and character, the once self-sufficient island that depended on the agricultural and fishing now has 62% of its land remaining fallow. Over the past 100 years the population of Cape Clear has declined by 75%. The Irish financial crisis means fewer newcomers are settling on the island. The recession has reduced tourism, which is one of the mainstays of the island's economy, decreasing the viability of life on the island. Cape clear's landscape tells its own story.
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