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Philip Plisson: The Sea/Day by Day



Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A PHOTOGRAPH for every day of the year is just one aspect of Philip Plisson's latest book, The Sea/Day by Day.

A highly-acclaimed marine photographer, whose work has spanned more than 25 years, Plisson's images capture the sea in all its many moods - from glassy cobalt to frenzied white.

It's all there - in the treacherous swells of Cape Horn, or the storm-tossed waters of County Kerry's Mullet peninsular; in the tranquil sea off Portofino, or the flat calm of the oyster farms at Trinite-Sur-Mer; not forgetting, of course, the icy waters of Patagonia.

But more than that, Plisson's images explore man's eternal fascination with the sea, both as work place and playground.

 

Hence, we see Theodore Malgorn, one of the last lamplighters on the seas, checking the lens of the Kereon lighthouse before turning on the light at dusk; the Claymore Piper Platform, off Aberdeen, weathering a Winter storm and the launch of a strike bomber from a now retired aircraft carrier.

While in total contrast, there's a skiff regatta in Martinique, a surfer in Tahiti, and sunbathers on the beach at Biarritz.

Some images, though, exist solely for their artistry - the seagulls viewed through a lighthouse window; the shadows in the rigging on a tall ship's sail; the 'pilot' dolphin at a freighter's bow, or the ganet keeping watch over its prey - beautiful and evocative, they epitomize the sheer enchantment of the sea.

Accompanying each image is an informative and fascinating text. For example, did you know that if the oceans suddenly evaporated, the world would be covered with a layer of salt almost 114ft (35m) thick? Didn't think so.....

The Sea/Day by Day is a book that, by the simple turning of a page, will transport you to another world. It's a must for all who love the sea, while for the rest, it might just hold a surprise or two.

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