BEACONS is a series of images from Lake Baikal in Siberia documenting the surreal ice road system that guides travellers across the vast frozen expanse of the largest freshwater lake on the planet.

The exhibition which features 35 large format prints was on display at the Copper House Gallery in Dublin from February 17th (Virtually at first) until  September 25th.

You can still view the entire collection virtually with my commentary by clicking HERE

Some of Beacons will be on display at ART Source 11th – 13th of November and the Gifted Craft Fair 30th of November – 4th of December, both at the RDS.

If you would like tickets for either show please contact me and I will be delighted to send you some.

‘As I listened to the sounds and absorbed the images of Lake Baikal, I felt transported in a manner that I genuinely have not felt for the duration of this pandemic.  I am incredibly grateful for the gift of this experience.’ Mike

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Lake Baikal in Siberia is the oldest and largest freshwater lake on the planet. In winter, temperatures drop as low as -40°C and the lake becomes a vast frozen plain.

Crossing the lake can be a hazardous journey as the ice comes under huge pressure causing it to either break apart exposing the frigid water below or crush together creating large jagged hummocks. To help travellers across the ice, the locals mark out an ice road by drilling holes and ‘planting’ small pine trees that act as markers, ‘beacons’ guiding the way. 

Captivated by the surreal beauty of these beacons, award-winning Irish photographer Daragh Muldowney returned to Lake Baikal over three winters in the hope of documenting them. Their organic forms emerging from the mist or appearing unexpectedly on the distant horizon, each tree is a benign presence in an otherwise barren world, offering hope and safe passage. 

Beacons is a new photobook and exhibition which celebrates the small pine trees found along the ice roads of Lake Baikal.

A note on the iconic UAZ:

The UAZ-452 is the van seen in this book and the one we used on Lake Baikal.  It is a military issue vehicle still used all over Russia and particularly in Siberia.  The UAZ-452 is a solid 4×4 with good clearance known as the ‘bukhanka’ which means loaf.

Fine art photography images can be purchased in a variety of sizes, frames and finishes from the Beacons online store.

‘Beacons’ was the winner of the Fine Art category of the IPA International Photography Awards 2020