The Copper House Gallery launched Out of Thin Air, a photographic exhibition and photobook by Daragh Muldowney on Wednesday 1st October 2014. Irish photographer Daragh Muldowney set sail to Greenland on board the Killary Flyer in June 2013, to explore the world’s largest island. This exhibition has been kindly sponsored by Canon and the expedition was organized by the Killary Adventure Company.
Out of Thin Air documents this expedition, recording the beauty of these arctic ice sculptures. Journalist and broadcaster Charlie Bird opened the exhibition.
The Arctic has a compelling allure, something that draws us in. Surreal glaciers invite you to explore the sublime yet dangerous blue caves; vast seascapes of countless crystalline sculptures journeying with the tide. Out of thin air, snowflakes appear, born high above within cold grey clouds. The freezing air turning the vapour, formless and chaotic, into ice sculptures. Snowflakes compact and expand for millennia before glaciers are formed. Where glacier meets ocean, giant pieces break off the calving face and ice bergs are born. Many reports indicate that in 25 years time there will no longer be any ice bergs along the coast of Greenland, meaning that soon the grandeur and overwhelming beauty of the arctic seascape will have forever changed.
Having founded Dúlra Photography in 2003, Daragh Muldowney has developed an impressive body of work, traversing the Sahara, then trekking across glaciers in Iceland, to capture opposing climates and conditions. The images from these trips launched in 2007 as Sand & Ice, his first themed exhibition. He then took on the exploration of Ireland’s rock pools for Jewellery Box - Ireland’s Hidden Gems a critically acclaimed exhibition and photobook, shown at the Irish Consulate, New York in 2012. Daragh Muldowney's work gently reminds us to appreciate our beautiful planet. His photography aims to present the minute details of nature often overlooked.
Out of Thin Air, a photographic exhibition by Daragh Muldowney, runs at The Copper House Gallery from the 1st October until 7th Nov 2014. Admission is free and all are welcome.