Uaimh an tSolais & Uaimh na nÉan

Courtesy of Sam Krohn, Cooper Coast, Ireland.

Sometimes, people know from a young age. Other times, it takes self-discovery in university. For others, it may take years or decades to find their niche and passion in life.

But once that love of accomplishing something is found, there is often no turning back.

Sam Krohn found his niche. He produced Uaimh an tSolais & Uaimh na nÉan, an 18-minute film shot along the Copper Coast on the picturesque southern coast of Ireland. A swimmer and surfer, Krohn has long been comfortable in the pool and in the sea, but the Hollywood movie Jaws scarred him for many years – as it did for millions of other movie-goers and beach-goers worldwide.

I was always comfortable swimming, but eventually Jaws changed all that,” explains Krohn. “For many years [after], I had a debilitating fear of open water. It would be years later in Ireland surfing in Tramore Bay that reconnected me with the ocean not least because it’s less sharky in these waters.”

Krohn literally took a leap of faith and accepted his fear based on a fictional movie. “I’m a great believer of stepping towards fear until eventually it dissolves. Donal Buckley‘s blog has provided a world of inspiration, not least because the locations are right on my doorstep. I am by no means a great swimmer and have a healthy respect for the sea and my own limits. Water safety is something I feel passionately about and in some way shape or form I plan to make a meaningful contribution to the community in the future.”

With his acclaimed film about the beauty and connection between swimmers and the sea, his contributions have already started with much more undoubtedly on its way. “There’s a 25 meter pool and Galway Bay right on my doorstep so I have a long way to go and much to learn. I don’t know how you guys do it and guess I will find out when I get there.”

Uaimh an tSolais & Uaimh na nÉan (or Cave of the Light & Cave of the Birds) is a short film by Grey Seal Films in association with the Loneswimmer. Produced and directed Sam Krohn with protagonist Donal Buckley, the 18-minute film was shot in one take on the Cooper Coast along Tramore Bay on the southern coast of Ireland. It was nominated in 2014 for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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