Inside artistic photographic world of Giles Norman
The first click of a shutter by the hands of Giles Norman was for a school project. The first camera he could call his own arrived on his 18th birthday. And the first darkroom to bring his photos to life was in the attic of an old friend’s house.
Relocating his dark room to a rented space in Kinsale, Giles began working on his first portfolio in the early eighties. Both locals and tourists flocked to the tiny window of this studio, which offered a glimpse into his growing collection.
This welcomed curiosity inspired Giles to open his first gallery nearly thirty years ago, and in 1992, he relocated the gallery to its current premises of 45 Main Street, Kinsale. Recently renovated, this Georgian building will soon be home to the new guesthouse, run by Giles’s business partner and wife, Catherine.
Opening this month, the Giles Norman Townhouse offers its guests a modern touch of class and comfort, with waterfront views, right in the heart of Kinsale.
“Our guest accommodation is a new venture and the idea was born out of wanting to offer luxury accommodation with a creative twist. We see the guestrooms as extensions of the main gallery – each individual room has been curated by Giles himself, exhibiting pieces from his many portfolios,” says Catherine.
Having previously collaborated with Arlene McIntyre of Ventura Design, Giles and Catherine have joined creative forces again with McIntyre for the interior design of their four guestrooms. “Our vision was to build an interior aesthetic for our guests that re- flects Giles’s artistry and photographic style,” explains Catherine.
Giles has also recently launched his new Sligo collection — which can be viewed in the refurbished gallery — with more collections due for release later this year, featuring Mizen Head of West Cork, Dingle, Derrynane and Waterville. Giles’s body of work travels beyond the Irish shores, but it is Ireland’s rugged coastline that drives his passion. “Where the sea meets the land, there will always be a canvas for photographers to find,” reflects Giles.
The Giles Norman gallery at 45 Main Street, Kinsale.
The Giles Norman Townhouse, styled with the signature Giles Norman aesthetic, its luxury rooms offer guests a modern touch of class and comfort right in the heart of Kinsale. Now open for bookings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kinsale harbour, shot using Giles Norman’s new black and white technique.
A vibrant image of Mizen Head, captured in black and white by Giles Norman.