Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A BEAUTIFUL BEGINNING TO AN END!

Last December I had an email that set me on a course. The mail an invitation to show work in Washington D.C. later in the year. The course, to finish the project I had been working on for the last 4 years and to have a publication ready for said expo when it happens.
If I knew then what I knew now perhaps I wouldn't have set myself such ambitious targets. Work, work, work has been my song ever since as I have studied, planned and executed phase after phase of what has been to date and what will continue till the end to be a life changing experience. It would seem that I have at least 4 components of this project moving in parallel at any given time.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

THIS IS REAL,IT SINGS A SONG OF A MODERN IRELAND!

And so it goes.Time passes and as the picture unfolds we see ourselves ,ever changing ,ever-present in the moment,coping,changing,acknowledging,moving forward. For it is only in realising what has happened in the past that we can sustain ourselves into the future.
The future for a lot of our recent departees is that they will never live in Ireland again.
They will call somewhere else home,their children will adopt a different national identity,sure they will be proud of their Irish heritage this of course is true,for it is a proud heritage to belong to the kind of Oísin,Ná Fianna,Gráinne Mhaol,Brendan the Navigator,Wolftone,Emmet,Pearse,Connolly.
The Literary tradition of the scribes,Sheridan,Swift,Wilde,Yeats,Joyce,Flan O'Brien,Heaney, Griffin,etc,etc.But still they will never come home save for a holiday to spend some time in this magical pool the place to restore,renew,revive the feelings that make the Irish Irish.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DIVING IN!

Shot on a silent morning in Dublin on 4x5 transparency this shot stands as a reminder to all of us that when we leave we leave so much history behind,Personal,public,of home and of city.
This work is part of an ongoing series called "A survey for the departed"this survey sets out to remap the city and its environs specifically for those who have left and have been participants in the "Leaving Dublin" series.In this case the image was made specifically for Henning Koestler who I photographed there last summer on a hot evening late in june See the original post here

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NEW DAWNS!

The Fury Glen in the Pheonix Park at dawn on glorious transparency film,5x4 inch transparency film.
This work is part of an ongoing series called "A survey for the departed" this survey sets out to remap the city and its environs specifically for those who have left and have been participants in the "Leaving Dublin" series.
In this case the image was made specifically for Neasa O'Shea Brady who I had photographed there
Over 3 years ago on a cold dark January night

Monday, March 3, 2014

ITS NOT SO BLACK AND WHITE!

Sometimes there are greys and of course big splashes of colour!
It's an absolute pleasure to be at this stage with "On Leaving", shooting landscapes, visiting sitters, I am so lucky that these resonances of the leaving Dublin project are charging all that I do.
Last night I got carried away setting the stage for this, a happy post and wrote at lenghty preanmbe which led to nowhere, such is life.
Now with the sun in the sky and the weight off my shoulders I can reduce the preamble to one sentence from five hundred words.
Happiness is all around you just have to search it out.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Chase Resumes




Tuesday February 2014,6.30 am the alarm goes off and I awake,my excitement bristling as I rise before the dawn hoping to catch it at the end of a short trip to Sandycove and the 40ft.
It has been over three and a half years since I went there on a very dark and impossible night to make work with Bernard Tyers. In fact its been almost 10 months now since I met him again in his new home in London and made the attached photo.
The time spent making the leaving Dublin project has been amazing!On leaving brings together 3 strands of this unreal experience and for the next few months I will be chasing down people and places to bring the work to a close before publishing a book in the autumn to coincide with an exhibition launch stateside.
Fantastic!

Monday, January 20, 2014

BRAVE NEW WORLD!

Truth said there has been a bit of negativity and cynicism hanging around the Lilliputian for the last few posts. Now that the heat is off Ireland internationally, I suppose we should redouble our efforts to ignore the political to and fro-ing that makes Irish life so tedious and feel good in the knowledge that as long as nothing changes too much, the politicos, their managers, advisors, scriptwriters etc will keep that little industry rolling on forever and a day.
No more political entertainment here till at least 6 months before the next General election!

Lets talk about people instead. You know the type that featured in The Leaving Dublin project.
The hard working, motivated, living, loving leavers who had no choice but to cross the street to take a walk in the sunshine.
I have had reason to look out for them of late.
I have been curious about there lives.
What they are doing?
How they are getting along?
How they are settling?
How are things working out?
On Visits to London, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney,  Melbourne, Christchurch, Brittany and as some returned to Dublin for a visit or to resettle, I have met with lots of my sitters. Posts relating to these visits can be found here.