FOR the past three years, Peter Gordon has risen at the crack of dawn to capture a unique collection of Dublin’s seascapes.
All those early mornings led to the creation of his new book, Dublin Salt, a fascinating look at the capital’s coastline.
Despite travelling the world taking pictures, local photographic artist Peter says he feels most inspired in his own back yard, Dublin Bay.
Speaking to Dublin Gazette, he said: “If you travel in a straight line from Balbriggan to Shankill, the distance is about 40 kilometers.
“These two towns on Dublin’s coastal periphery form both the boundary of the county and the two defining points for my exploration of Dublin’s salty perimeter.
“I’ve always lived beside the sea, and the sea has always resonated with me, as a child growing up in Shankill, spending summers in Wexford.
“There is something about the sea air, the smell, the taste. It gets in your bones; it invigorates you.”
From Skerries to Shankill and everything in between, he searched for the perfect light, just the right tide and unique weather conditions, in an attempt to make a landmark collection of Dublin landscapes.
Peter slept on Ireland’s Eye, did overnights on Dalkey Island, and visited locations time and time again at obscure hours of the day and night to realise his vision.
Witnessing the mist on Dollymount strand at 5am, finally capturing the perfect reflections and tide of the boat wreck on Rogerstown Estuary, witnessing an epic storm batter Dun Laoghaire Baths before they were torn down, seeing the Forty Foot glow more than an hour before sunrise in intense colours – as the only witness to the event – these and many more were just some of his experiences.
Peter wanted to encourage people to see his local landscape in a new and exciting way and to see the city and its relationship with the sea and the shore in a new light.
He said: “I often stare out of my attic window from my home in Booterstown, as weather systems move in and out of Dublin Bay.
“With the stacks at Poolbeg as the anchor, Dublin can throw up amazing and inspiring natural conditions.
“Changeable light mixed with cloud and tide is a powerful formula. A familiar location is quickly transformed into something distinct and new, by a moment never to be repeated.
“Being present for these moments was the essential factor in the creation of Dublin Salt.”
Peter is a multi-award-winning photographer who was crowned European Photographer of the Year in 2013.
The same year, and in 2014, he has also won the titles of Irish Professional Photographer of the Year, Landscape Photographer of the Year and Pictorial and Travel Photographer of the Year.
The book has been designed by Read That Image to reflect the minimalist approach undertaken by Peter in Dublin Salt.
The standard book retails at €35, while a limited number (200) of special edition books (€150) have been produced, complete with a linen cover and box, a limited edition print, as well as luxurious paper throughout.