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John captures the magic

MALLOW PHOTOGRAPHER'S BOOK WAS 30 YEARS IN THE MAKING

BILL BROWNE

Published 29/11/2012 | 08:58

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The sea stack off Dun Sion beach in Dingle (Micheal O Muircheartaigh country) as captured by the lens of John Hooton (inset) .

A NEW book containing stunning images of Ireland's Atlantic coast as seen through the lens of award winning Mallow photographer John Hooton is set to hit bookshops next month.

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Entitled ' Gathering Light on the Dingle Peninsula', the book has taken three decades to compile and encapsulates with breathtaking clarity John's long-running love affair with the vagaries of the west Kerry coastline.

The hard cover book, which will contain more than 200 striking images, is set to be officially launched by Minister Sean Sherlock at the Springfort Hall next Thursday evening.

Speaking to The Corkman ahead of the launch, John said that the ever varying light and mood of Ireland's Atlantic coastline has been a huge source of inspiration to him over the past 30-years.

"Exploring this region has offered me an insight into the way our landscape has evolved and transformed over centuries. The fragmented coastline from the mountains to the sea is a wealth of natural beauty its subtle colours have compelled me capture it through my lens," he said.

John's eye for that perfect image has been recognised both in Ireland and internationally, leading to numerous awards and accolades over the past 25-years.

He has won the prestigious ESB Environmental Photography Award twice, over 35 Irish Photographic Federation gold medals, a Royal Photographic Society gold medal and numerous awards from the Photographic Society of America.

John's fine eye for detail and ability to capture that perfect moment in time is very much evident in the new book.

However, he admitted that Ireland's notoriously changeable weather provided challenges that pushed his skills to their very limits.

"There is a depth and emotion that each ray of light imparts on this demanding landscape. My images reflect this changing light and my use of a wide angle lens lends a better sense of place and location," said John.

In his foreword to the book, acclaimed British photographer Tony Worobiec described John's work as "beautiful and deeply personal" and a celebration of a "unique and unspoilt" stretch of coast.

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