Dermot Dolan

One day I stumbled on an article about the “Camino” probably on the internet. There was so much information about it, I got confused. I thought there was just one Camino there are many. Which one will I do?

Dermot Dolan - The Camino Photographer

I decided to do the most popular the Camino Frances, all 800 kilometres and that is how it started.

I did not bring my professional camera on that walk. As a result of my experience with a compact camera and with encouragement from many people I decide to bring my good Nikon on all walks from then.

I live in Ireland and like many people found myself unemployed and in my fifties. So I am now deciding to turn my walking with my camera into a business for myself.

I photograph long distance trails.

I generally photograph from the trail itself and try not to “contrive” my photographs. I use only minimal use of computerised processing software such as Photoshop. I may crop a shot or adjust exposure but that’s it. On the Camino routes I photograph Churches both inside and outside almost always using natural light.

I wear my camera in a harness on my body, from the moment I start walking in the morning until I stop in the evening the camera is always at the ready.

In Ireland where I live I will revisit a place many times to get light and condition’s right. While photographing long distance trails this does not happen, I photograph it as I see it on the day, at the time of the day I passing by.

WALKS I have completed.

I have walked the following long distance trails, Camino Frances, Via de la Plata, Camino Mozarabe, part of Camino del Norde, Camino Finisterre, GR 65 (Le Puy to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port), Camino Portuguese, Complete GR 10 (a traverse of the Pyrénées), most of Stevenson Trail (GR 70), the Cévennes, Mont Aigoual, Gorges du Tarn, Causse Méjean, Amalfi Coast, Gr 5 the Alpes, La Haute Provence and Gorges du Verdon, Le chemin de Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, West Coast of Ireland.

I walk most days in the local hills and woods of where I live in the West of Ireland. I always bring my camera. I worked at photography for a number of years when I was in my twenties, I had an exhibition in the mid-eighties and had work published. I left it and done other things. About six years ago I started walking locally on a regular basis.

I have since done many more long distance hikes apart from Camino routes, and intend to do many more.