Peter Gordon

Last Thursday we attended Peter Gordon’s Wild Garden Exhibition and Book Launch at The Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2. The exhibition and book feature Peter’s Landscape Photography from Co.Wicklow taken over the past 5 years. ‘Wild Garden’ is an emotional journey through the rugged beauty of Ireland’s County Wicklow. All imagery has been created by Peter Gordon on traditional transparency (slide) film. We got a chance to ask Peter some quick questions about his photographs, in particular how clouds influence the way he shoots.

Were always looking for that clear blue sunny day in Ireland, giving out about the rain and clouds.
For Peter Gordon clouds form an essential part of his thinking when making a landscape photograph. When it comes to the inclusion of sky in his photographs, he likes the extremes. Dynamic and interesting or none at all.

An epic view with a clear blue sky looses meaning in Ireland. Take his image Icon above which appears on the front cover of his book. It was shot at Glendaloughs Upper Lake. Peter turned up for sunrise 40 times just to get the right conditions. No wind so the reflection was clear and crisp, interesting dynamic cloud formations and a hint of light passing through.

Or ‘Natures Blanket’ below. The floor of Glenmacnass is lined with purple heather in full bloom. To compliment the purple floor Peter sought out purple clouds at sunrise. This image was made after 6 sunrise visits to the same location.

‘Purple Haze’, below, takes a similar approach with the purple of the sky and early morning cloud and light complimenting the in bloom heather.

So what about the less obvious. What about those misty days where theres a lingering moisture in the air from the low lying cloud. Peter loves these conditions as the moisture on the landscape intensifies its colour and the camera loves making images in even light as it can see detail throughout the frame. Take ‘Gentle Sleep’ or ‘The Other Side’ below. Both of these were shot on over cast days that you might think would be better spent on the couch.

Make sure you make it down to the exhibition to see these and more images at large scale. The exhibition runs till the 20th of October Monday – Sunday, 12 – 6pm at The Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2. His book ‘Wildgarden’ & Fine Art Prints can be purchased here.