Aerial photographer Dennis Horgan's latest exhibition “Cork From The Air” opens in the city centre next week.
The exhibition runs at Stapleton House on Oliver Plunkett Street, opposite Hickeys, until December 23.
It features more than 30 images of Cork - from the elegant architectural lines of City Hall and Cork Courthouse, the beautiful gardens of Fitzgerald's Park, to the rugged isolation of the Fastnet Rock eight miles off the coast of West Cork. Dennis has also included a recent image of the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh which is well on its way to completion.
"To see Cork from the air is a revelation and gives a totally different perspective on familiar everyday view of buildings and landscape, which most people never see," Dennis said.
"Ever since I was young, I have had a passion for two things – photography and aviation. I have spent many hours aloft in various types of aircraft taking photos of Cork, an area that I’ve lived in all my life. Familiar landmarks and scenery are entirely transformed when seen from a plane or helicopter. I feel very privileged to see views of our city and county that most people only catch a fleeting glance of when flying on a commercial aircraft."
"I’ve discovered that it’s only from above that you can truly appreciate the vast complexities of the Cork landscape in all its glory. From modern architecture to historic structures, there is a beauty to the city and its infrastructure that’s just not apparent from below."
"There’s also something quite unique in how the city gives way to the county’s boundless natural landscapes and formations – meandering rivers, lakes and an unrivalled coastline.
"The high resolution large format images were mainly captured during 2016 on many flights in helicopter and fixed wing aircraft ranging across the city and county."
The project is sponsored by Cork City Council, New Ireland Assurance and O’Flynn Construction and will be officially launched on Monday evening by the Lord Mayor Of Cork, Cllr Des Cahill.
Dennis also thanked his pilot Barry Twomey and operations staff at Atlantic Flight Centre Cork Airport for handling the many flights and to Air Traffic Control Cork for their courtesy and assistance.
The exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 5pm from until December 23.