My Irish heritage drew me to the singing group Celtic Thunder several years ago, and from there to the duo Byrne & Kelly. Ryan Kelly is a delightfully talented singer with both of these groups, and his hobby of taking photos while on the road performing has now been transformed into a photo book, LIFE ON THE ROAD. I’ve long admired his photography – stunning scenes, beautiful colors and each one capturing a moment he experienced while on runs that he’s taken along the way. I’ve often thought, as have countless fans, that he should compile some favorite photos and put them into a book. This coffee table sized book is exactly that. There are shots from North America, Australia, Nepal, Uganda and his homeland of Ireland. The “reader” is transported to San Antonio, TX, Central Park NYC, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC (where you would think Mass is just about to begin and you’re right there), Duluth, MN and then Nepal and Uganda (which he visited on a charity mission). And of course, his beloved Ireland, where the greens are as bright as you’d think they’d be, and where this Irish descendant (great grandparents) hopes to visit one day soon.
Many more photos grace the book, some almost pastel in nature, some vividly bright. It’s a travel experience just looking at them.
For anyone who enjoys this singer or has seen his posts of photos on social media, it’s really something to treasure to have this book. And for anyone who just loves good photography, it’s a treat as well. Kelly calls himself an amateur but his photos are unlike anything the typical amateur could ever hope to achieve.
The book is available at http://www.ryankellymusic.com.