Now that I have over 40 shots in the series I can see the project being filled with people from all of these sections of our society.
If I can continue a little further I feel that the Leaving Dublin project will represent a true picture of all of the different groups who felt the need to leave these shores.
A real achievement awaits!!
A couple of weeks ago now I met with Tom,Nina,Isaac,Kael,and Sophia Scott a family reluctantly making preparations to move to the U.K.(the 4th family to dates see 1 and 2 here 3 was the last post!)
I had the privilege of tutoring Tom for a module in his NUI CERTIFICATE: Photography and Digital Imaging (P+DI) at The National College of Art and Design. But this was my first time to meet all of his family who had stayed up late to make this parting shot one to remember.
The Shot was made at the Dublin fruit markets a place that Nina has got solid connections going back generations. She herself worked here growing up in the neighbourhood.
They are moving to the U.K. and the fact that they are moving inland is the biggest contention for Nina as she loves the sea and has enjoyed the past few years living and working in Greystones county Wicklow. Like her Tom will miss his friends the open country side,and the roar of the sea.
He says "I feel i have tried so hard to seek opportunities here and so little has happened,with the economic madness I feel I have little choice if I am going to provide for my family."
There is no doubt about it when you have children you are in it for the long haul and it takes love and money to make it all work.
I wish Tom Nina and their family all the best and hope all is good in their new home and the lookback later and see they did the right thing.
Here in Ireland we continue hurtling towards bankruptcy after being sacrificed on the altar of Europe in an effort to save the E.U. My feeling is the crash will come and boy it will hurt.At least Tom will make it to the relative safety of an independent sovereign state with its own currency.
Again I say good luck!!
Artur Sikora,Ray Hegarty,and Chris o Reilly kept it all on the rails on the night and a big thanks to them and indeed to the children of Tom and Nina for being so calm.
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