I saw this Ocean Print photograph by Laura Bell on A Cup of Jo the other day and have since been kind of obsessed with the idea of having a window to the sea over my bed. I love this print—its soothing greys, the movement and the lack of movement, the space. It makes me want to hang real ocean over my bed, or maybe, hang my bed above real ocean. Exhale.
These photographs of the south and west coasts of Ireland by self-taught Irish photographer Michael Prior are similarly calming:
all images copyright Michael Prior
Prior has a studio in Howe Strand, just off the coast road between Kinsale and Clonakilty in West Cork, and understandably, the sea is a prevailing theme in his work. How could I not have tranquil dreams lying under that second print of the beach at sunset in Garretstown, West Cork? I'm normally more drawn to the violence and energy of the water on the west coast of Ireland, but these images remind that the sea can be equally powerful when it pauses for breath. (They also remind that my sister—a Cork transplant—needs to take me beyond Patrick Street next time I visit!)