Saturday, 3 January 2015


Almost three years ago now I planned this video piece and prepared it in its first form for St Patrick's day projections around the world.Having finished  shooting the series in summer 2013 I re-edited the work to include all of the works ( the count went from 75 to 84in the intervening period)
This piece was used in the first On Leaving show in Siamse Tiré,Tralee,co Kerry.
With all the contributors thanked in the acknowledgements of the book On Leaving,  I felt the time was right for one final re-edit so as  to slowly name all of the sitters on a list in the form of the credits at the end of this piece.On the night it gave me such pleasure to see this come together. I beamed with pride to hear two fantastic pieces of music by my collaborator Ian Monahan Echo loud and sure all around meeting house square.
And so for all,of you who came down on the night a big thanks.For those of you who could not make it, the video played on the night is here and the book is available for immediate shipping from
I Have resisted placing this projection piece online till now, I hope you all enjoy it!
Please comment freely, It helps to work it all out!

Friday, 19 December 2014


Thanks to all who came down to the Gallery of Photography last Thursday(dec 11th 2014) it was a pure delight to meet and share all my good feelings for those who have been part of this, The On Leaving project.
Simple as that. It wouldn't have happened without all those named here in this short clip!
Please applaud them.
Much love

big thanks to Ray Hegarty for the vid!!!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014


Just a short post to let you all know that the rescheduled date and time for the book launch is Thursday, December, 11th at 6 p.m.
projections to see, books to buy, and Christmas drinks to toast all the sitters of this amazing project.
Hope to see you all there.
Sorry if the rescheduling inconvenienced anyone,it was unavoidable!


Sunday, 16 November 2014


I can't help getting excited about my upcoming adventures in publishing and it looks like this book, ON LEAVING,will be for me all about the way and ways image and text conspire to tell a story or to stay out of each others way.
You will get where I am coming from when  you get to see the book.Its all set to be launched in a week and a half's time at the Gallery Of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. It Happens at 6pm, on Wednesday, November 26th.
Hope to see you there!
In the meantime you can check out Alan Pentony's images on previous posts right here.(and here)
As always comments are welcomed and sharing is now so important with such a big day for the project looming.
So please like, comment and share this to any one you may feel would have an interest.
For more details on the publication, see on

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


Hi all  I can't wait to get to the point of presentation. Details on the poster included here.
In short, Wednesday, Nov. 26th at 6pm at the Gallery of Photography.
See the post about Mick Reid here, Its a good one!Its all about the  hard choices we make in life.
I believe this man has made it home from Adelaide Australia for a visit. I am really looking forward to meeting him again. I know so much has changed for him. I want to hear about it!

Sunday, 9 November 2014


Wow! It is such a thrill to be standing at this point in the process making it all work out.
Arranging for the launch of the book to happen.
The printing has by now taken place and from my few hours spent on the press pass a couple of days ago it seems like all will be good and we will have a book to be proud of in a couple of weeks.
This book is being made with the sole purpose of honouring the Heros, the men and women who had to leave this country in the midst of economic turmoil.Its a big undertaking and I hope lots of you turn up on the night to view and to buy this 304 page salute to the men and women who I feel are indeed our brightest stars shining for all of Ireland out there in the firmament.
keep an eye here for updates as we go and get closer to the date!
se the original Ciara picture here

Thursday, 18 September 2014


The webpage has just been launched it was put out there as I was showing some work in Dublin Castle yesterday and I wanted my audience there to come up to speed quickly about what I do. Also I want the book to be a success and I suppose that is measured for me in how many copies I can move in the first two months or so.
Another reason is that the De Luxe edition will only be 150 in number with 27 of them reserved already it might be a good idea to reserve yours before it hits the shops.
You will get it at the good price of €150 and for that you will get a numbered signed copy of the book in a beautifully orange cloth case and a signed and numbered print of a shot from the "Leaving  Dublin" series.This book of over 300 pages will feature all 84 images from the leaving Dublin series,an edit of the empty Spaces series and an edit of the visitation series along side critical,historical,literary and personal essays and other intriguing information from the life of this compelling project.
It is important for me to stress that anybody who pledged support in the crowd funding campaign can upgrade their contribution to the De luxe edition from their initial contribution.If you wish to do this email me direct at for instructions.
With limited numbers and only one print run of this edition.
This will be the one for sure!
In getting the last few shots together for the book I visited the S.C.R. Dublin, La Défense,Paris and Portlaoise.It is and still remains the biggest run of my life cramming so much activity into one year and making huge efforts to make things happen and happen in the right way.
From here it would appear that all is still on track and the book will be available for launch within the first two weeks of November.
It was a great pleasure to meet with Jose Carlos Lorenzo He returned to Dublin after some time spent in Miami Florida,USA.He has now left Ireland for Barcelona,in his own native Spain.We had a great chat and of course a fantastic laugh talking in the Garden at Noshington cafe on the S.C.R. in Dublin.
Success will follow him to Spain for sure!
Shortly after this shoot I was  spending some time with family in France when I got a  mail from Paris which left me with no alternative than to travel there by car and get a photograph of Emmanuelle Pinjon and her now Husband Guglielmo Casu as they are now happily awaiting twins!
We met close to there home at the Grande Arch of La Défense and wow what a big arch it is!
They appeared happy, confident and well settled into Parisian life after a couple of years.I look forward to see how things progress with the arrival of their babies.
Lastly a trip to a Portlaoise brought me face to face with a now dear friend whom I last saw in Perth Western Australia almost 2 years ago.That persson was Elaine Bannon . It was a total pleasure to stay for a couple of hours with Elaine as she prepared to jet back to Perth and I left her Mothers house with a bag full of the nicest apples from the tree she is pictured beside. I have placed her beside another dear friend  Keiko  Furamoto who saved me a trip to Japan by  visiting Dublin a couple of months ago.This is how these images may appear in the upcoming book the one that I will start posting about now,in earnest.

 It would be great if you  posted all upcoming posts from me and shared them freely with all of your social networks as I feel this would greatly contribute to getting the word out there about the upcoming publication pictured above.