In­side artis­tic pho­to­graphic world of Giles Nor­man

Irish Examiner - Supplement - - KINSALE - Giles Nor­man PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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 cather­ine@gilesnor­man.com.

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.

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