Swimmers come to the sea for many reasons. For over a year, photographic artist Gerry Blake has been examining the ritual practice of regular sea swimming. Visiting more than 10 bathing areas, he depicts individual swimmers as they approach the sea at various times of the day. Into the Sea portrays them at their most thoughtful and reflective in the moments before they plunge into the open waters.
Swimmers in Dublin have the advantage of a large number of bathing places. Many were built over 150 years ago, when the coastal railway line was constructed. These iconic bathing spots have served many generations of swimmers, year-round, and continue to be places of both communal gathering and solitary meditation. 1
About the Artist
Born in Dublin, Gerry Blake had a career in computing before taking up the study and practice of photography and is now a full-time photographic artist and tutor based in Co. Wicklow.
His work is mainly concerned with the individual in his or her environment, and in his practice, he explores how we are shaped through the environmental situations in which we find ourselves.
Exhibited nationally and internationally, his work is held in public, private, and corporate collections.2
About the Publisher
About the Series
TLP Editions are an ongoing collection of contemporary photographic projects in the form of accessible and inexpensive publications by PhotoIreland. These A5 sized booklets present a standard format throughout the series, with 36 pages each, a cover with a text block of under 140 words that introduces the project, and the title and the artist name only available on the contra cover. The project creates a node of opportunities as it allows photographers to enter the publishing arena, while facilitating access to contemporary artistic practices to the general public.3
About the Publisher
Founded in 2009, PhotoIreland was conceived as an organisation that would stimulate a dialogue around Photography in Ireland by developing a varied array of initiatives and events with a strong participative approach.