Thursday, 29 May 2014


Whats it all about indeed! Young Irish men and women scattered to the four corners of the world and left there. Left to their own devices and succeeding.We dont really have to worry to much!
They are an educated bunch for sure.They will have no problems getting on.
 But there are loads of serious questions to be asked and conversations to be had about this process.

Friday, 16 May 2014


Aoife Mc Monagle,Toronto,Canada.
Greetings one and all.
Today I am sitting back and taking it easy after a marathon few weeks in which I covered a lot of ground.
You have seen some pictures from Sao Paulo already.
Since then I have travelled from Aoife in Toronto,on to Julie in Vancouver, from there to San Francisco to Sarah and on by car to Berkeley to se Jana and family.
From there on to Hollywood by car to see Brian and Aileen, then to Mexico to see Ara and Darragh, on to New York to Visit with Naoise,and then here to see Sean, Leia,Astrid and Sebastian.
This only leaves one visit to Akron,Ohio to visit Aoife Mooney the third of the three Aoifes in this now over four year long process.
Well now, when I say sitting back I suppose I mean not running off to the airport or car rental garage to move on after 12 or 24 hours in one place.
In fact I have been holed up in my old friends Eileen and Mark's house in Oak Park a short drive from downtown Chicago, planning the next phase of this insane adventure.
Whilst here I have taken the opportunity to process my films and I ran around today with Eileen to try and get some low res scans for this post.
We found a place but didn't have a week to wait for the results so what you see are the results of an improvisation with an iPad (lightbox), my Hasselblad and an extension tube.

Brian O'Neill,Hollywood,California,U.S.A.
Why such haste I hear you ask,why run around the place like a mad thing!whats the point in revisiting all these people!
Well its interesting you should ask!
 Back in December last is when this roller coaster ride started. I had a call from Solas Nua
asking if I would work with them to bring my show to Washington D.C. They had hosted the documentary Skin In The Game, a film in which my work featured and it had hit more than one of the key people in that organisation as interesting and very relevant to issues currently on the agenda in Washington.
Straight away I started planning and it very quickly became apparent that a book to Finnish the project and to present at the next set of exhibitions was the way forward.
  So here I am, again swinging from tree to tree trying to make it all work, knowing that a crash to ground is just one more vine away if I don't keep my wits about me.
Right now I have an active project on ,(click to see), and Its Aim is to raise 50% of the cost of production of a self published book.
This Is where you,the readers of this blog come in.You know how long I have worked on this project,you know the quality of the work, you know the depth of information contained with in this blog regarding this insightful and historically significant work.
You Know that a three hundred page fully formed volume of this work would be a major achievement
and thus I am appealing to you to go to the fundit page(click here) and just Pre-order your copy.
By Paying for it up front you are ensuring that this project comes full circle in a timely fashion,the book gets produced and you get your copy at, or below the final cover price.
Ara Lopez,Darragh McMunn,Teotihuancan pyramid,Mexico

When I return home on the 23rd of may I will scan and present more  work from around the corners of this amazing continent.
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014


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, 23 March 2014


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, 19 March 2014


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, 4 March 2014


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, 3 March 2014


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.