The first photographs were black and white. Ironically if colour had been possible all those years ago when the medium was ‘born’, pioneer photographers would still have chosen to shoot some subjects in b&w. Why? Well, it’s an abstraction of reality; you could say it makes us visualise our world in a different way. Robbed of the distraction of colours we see the familiar with new eyes. This is why I chose black and white to record the powerful sky I saw over the South Beach in my hometown, Arklow.