Monday 17 June 2019

Dublin from the air: 10 stunning aerial photos that show the capital in a new light

View looking east from Kilmainham
View looking east from Kilmainham

If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like to fly over Dublin, then you’ll love a new book called Dublin - From the Air.

This new book features some stunning images of Dublin by aerial photographer, Dennis Horgan, and it’s a chance to see a side of the city that you’ve never seen before. The book features aerial photos of some of Dublin’s most iconic buildings, landmarks and public areas.

With the city streets and skyline constantly changing and evolving, the book provides readers with a timeless snapshot of the city from above. Familiar places can look very different when captured by Dennis, who used helicopters or private planes to get the aerial shots he needed for the book.

When taking photographs for the book, Dennis focused on the sights that would make the best images rather than limiting himself to specific sites or locations. He often found inspiration once he was in the air, with a particular view or image grabbing his attention.

“I just go up and ‘go fishing’ and see what I can get,” Dennis explained. “Sometimes, I can get a really brilliant shot miles away from a centre of population. I like to show a city or a town and then do some nice abstract shots of whatever comes into view.”

Taking the perfect photo requires a lot of planning and effort but it can also involve a certain degree of luck. You need to have suitable weather conditions and to be in right place at the right time to get the right shot.

Two of the city’s most iconic landmarks were among Dennis’s favourite photographs from Dublin – From the Air.

“I liked the idea of getting up close to the chimneys in Poolbeg,” he says. “We got pretty close to them insofar as we were up at the regulation height. You can’t go below 1500ft but I had a long lens.

“The other one I really liked was photographing the Spire with the GPO in the frame. I just liked the look of it.”

Dennis added that looking at buildings from the sky can give you a whole new appreciation of their architectural qualities and the skill that went into their design and construction.

“I loved the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham. Geometrically, that is a fabulous building. It’s so regular, with the big courtyard, and it’s modelled architecturally on that hospital in Paris - Les Invalides. It brings in an extra dimension to it when you see it from up there.”

The good news is that you don’t have to climb into a plane to see the amazing views of Dublin that are featured in the book. To celebrate the launch of Dublin – From the Air, you can check out some of our favourite shots from the collection below.

If you would like to own your own copy of Dublin – From the Air, and see the rest of the amazing shots in the collection, you can now get €5 off the retail price with our exclusive Independent.ie offer.

The book normally costs €29.95 but you can now buy it for just €24.95 when you order it from the website using the discount code INDO2019.

1. Áras an Uachtaráin

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2. Croke Park

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3. Cruise ships at Dublin Port

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4. Custom House

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5. Dun Laoghaire Harbour

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6. Government Buildings

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7. Hill of Howth

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8. O'Connell Circle, Glasnevin Cemetery

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9. View looking east from Kilmainham

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10. Royal Hospital Kilmainham

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