In March 2020, just as a global pandemic was becoming a reality, Stoneybatter-based photographer Gregory Dunn unexpectedly found himself back at his childhood hometown of Deal on the Kent coast for an extended period.
Armed with a modest compact camera, Dunn set out to capitalise on the opportunity, inadvertently afforded him by Covid-19 and simultaneously record an uncertain future and revisit his past.
Primarily a photobook without people, Pandemic Spring is also an unusual hybrid of ‘local’ book that contains obscure elements of information of this small corner of East Kent as well as a personal account of the first four months of an unprecedented period of recent history.
“There remains something of an ‘us and them’ vibe to the town that feels the same to me now as it did in the past,” observes Dunn. “My walks were conducted with almost forensic attention to details as I explored all that is unconsidered, ordinary and unremarkable.”
A new typeface, Type-13 was commissioned specially for this publication. The foreword was written by the late musician Cathal Coughlan (Microdisney, Teilifís).