After dinner I whistled slightly, for no reason other than to fill a silent gap in conversation. Emily glanced at me with a concerned look - ‘you are inviting the snakes’ she said. Slightly puzzled, I asked her what that meant. She laughed, my response had just the right level of seriousness she intended to provoke. She explained ‘for us when we are younger they tell us, don’t whistle at night child, you are inviting the snakes’. [i]Uganda, September 2013[/i]
During my time spent in Uganda, I contemplated again and again stories like Emily’s which I heard on a regular basis - proverbs, tales and myths which undoubtedly belonged to another generation. Although their messages might seem archaic to Uganda’s rapidly growing younger generation, where almost seventy-five per cent of the population are under 30, this manner of story-telling still seems to hold a certain degree of reverence.
The Peoples Park is a work in progress that engages with the liminality or the ‘not yet’ which is evident in the Forest Park in Galway city, one of Ireland’s largest urban forest parks. Rather than contructing a narrative or fixed impression of a geographical location, this work instead sets out to investigate the peripheries, and the paths that connect them together. This process concerns itself with a contemplation of space that is neither an imagined one, nor an actuality. It is a construct that is open at either end, almost in the realm of daydream, one where the viewer can consider the space and imagine what once was and yet what could be.
This body of work documents the space inhabited by a small alternative community in the West of Ireland. By exploring the private world created by the people that live here, this work adopts a silent and contemplative tone, and seeks to engage with this space and its inhabitants, rather than expose it. Through carefully negotiated access and many discussions, the work becomes a catalyst of my experience and the time spent making the work. Carried out over a period of over three years the images reveal the harsh depths of winter and the warm fertility of summer. The images tell the stories of the people that belong here, but only ever show a glimpse of their presence
This body of work explores the idea of 'home' for a large community of brazillian people living in Gort, Co. Galway, culminating in a documentary that challenges and renegotiates the media's representation of that community.
This body of work challenges the conventional and very much standardised representation of the Burren area in Co. Clare. Photographers of every type are subconsciously drawn to conform to conventions when representing the Burren, generaly aestheticising and romanticising the landscape and giving an impression of a barren terrain that man and time has forgotten; unscathed by the 21st century and all of the evidence of a modern functioning society. The primary concern for this body of work is to photograph found objects within the Burren landscape in a manner which gives us an unconventional yet still iconic view. By focusing on the man made elements, the traces of humanity in the landscape, some permanent, some temporary, we begin to see the influence of modernity and get subtle hints of some of its elements, such as consumerism and religion.
Vestige: a remaining trace of something that once existed. These photographs try and preserve a sense of a space that faces uncertainty and change.