Sky blue... the view from above Dublin
Frank Coughlan on a new photography book that offers a bird's eye view of Dublin and some of its most iconic landmarks
You might know Dublin intimately. Born and bred there, you probably see it as part of who you are. Or you might be one of those who have made it your home and have a different feel for the city. Two different types of love and belonging, but both authentic all the same. Either way, you will rarely have seen Dublin from the sort of perspective that aerial photographer Dennis Horgan specialises in. And it will take your breath away.
Dublin: The View From Above is a hardback coffee-table book of 240 stunning shots, mostly taken from clear-blue skies, the sort of sunny days of brilliant light and defined shadows that show off the town in the most flattering of poses.
From a vantage of 1,700ft, Horgan starts at the mouth of the Liffey, putting into sharp focus Dublin's cherished if unpolished jewellery, giving clues to her Viking origins through to its glorious days of Empire and on to the now, and its glittering, if sometimes brash, totems to modernism.
It doesn't neglect the county's coastal coves, seaside villages and islands, either, the sort of places that denizens retreat to when the noise of their city lives becomes too shrill. The newer suburbs, which have spread out west like untended shrubbery, are tactfully avoided.
But I'll let the pictures tell their own story, each - after all - is worth a thousand words. In this book it is fair to say they are worth a bit more.
Dublin: The View From Above by Dennis Horgan (Collins Press) €24.99