Growing up in Sandycove, Co. Dublin, in the 1960s and ’70s inevitably meant living a sea-affected life. Early learning took place at the Dún Laoghaire sea water baths, progressing through the pools — baby, kids and then big. Sandycove Harbour was next before graduation at the iconic Forty Foot. I can still feel the rough texture of the rope-covered diving board under my feet. The board went, and, eventually so did I.
Now most of my swimming happens across the border from Dublin in neighbouring County Wicklow where I live with my wife and kids.
I am fortunate to be able to swim – year round at sunrise – in the cool waters of the Irish Sea. My love of sea swimming and of image making have become one, to the point where I don't know if I go for a swim and take photographs or go to take photographs that happen to be in the sea. What I do know is that I am continually inspired by the challenge to put two dimensional form on the amorphic energy of the sea.
Everyday in the sea is different so I aim to make an image that fixes a moment of the swim in time — as a permanent reminder of how it feels to be alive.
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