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Ireland as seen by Giles Norman. From the Westernmost tip of the Beara Peninsula to the edge of Connemara and further to Donegal, Giles Norman takes us on a journey filled with enigmatic rural landscapes. The Irish coast is beautifully captured in photographs that blend wild shores, dramatic clouds and the constant movement of the ocean. As we travel, the imagery combines to catalogue the variety that enriches the West Coast of Ireland. Hidden streams and rivers, stark headlands, and an array of local flora and fauna ensure that the miles pass by. Northward along the Atlantic seaboard we are treated to an array of stunning shots, carrying us through Kerry, then on again to Clare and beyond – Galway with its spectacular Islands of Aran. And then East to Dublin, where there are street scenes that evoke the heart of Irelands capital – worn of the facades of its pubs and cafes, and seen in its changing architecture. Trinity college, the Ha’penny Bridge, and a parade of evocative Dublin settings.
“This portfolio contains my main body of work since 1981. You will find many recognisable images in here alongside lesser known archival ones. Many images fail to make it out of the darkroom at the first attempt, it’s only on revisits often many years later that the small eyeglass finds something that had previously been passed by. A lot of my early work is very heavy in contrast, black foregrounds and white skies, a style enhanced by using high graded paper, and without filter or darkroom manipulation. This is a very straight and direct way of representing an image. I always used the full frame and the composition was decided at the time of exposure. I worked this way for many years. More recent work in this portfolio shows a change of style and technique while still keeping the photography very simple. I now use a red filter to enhance the sky and do some minor cropping in the darkroom. A lot of my new work shows no sign of human intrusion, I call the ‘pure landscape’, where the image finds it’s interest and beauty from what nature has laid down for us and has no need for man’s involvement on both sides of the camera.”