Private Spaces explores the idea of an individuals own place of relaxation. All subjects were asked “Where do you go to get away from the world?” followed by “What object do you hold an attachment to in this space?” and the result was a series of environmental portraits accompanied by personal objects which provide a platform for the viewer to observe a space that is normally quite private.
Hinterland documents a growing satellite town located 29km from Dublin. With a population approaching 6,000 as of 2017, and the growing concern over housing availability in Dublin, scenes of construction and expansion can be seen throughout Dunshaughlin.
This work offers new visual conceptualisations of a commuter town that, in essence, is exemplary of towns all over Ireland that were promised so much, only to be left to wait out the effects of the economic crash.
This work presents a series of images that depict scenes of a land left behind, torn, and home to an empty terrain of structure, which is contrasted by the scenes of active construction present in and around the town. Through these images, this series documents the confusing and unsettling nature of the economic insecurities and uncertainties that surround the town, and many towns like it, around Ireland.
For what's done is done and what's won in won and what's lost is lost and gone forever. - Phil Coulter.
Sample Event work.
29 Kilometres from Dublin
This series of photographs explores a typical commuter town in Ireland, its landscape, and the young people who have grown up there. Dunshaughlin in County Meath is a town in transition, both in terms of its landscape and its inhabitants, there is an increasing blurring of boundaries between rural, urban and industrial topographies. The combination of rising house prices around Dublin and urban sprawl that extends to parts of Meath and Kildare has seen a rapid development in Dunshaughlin. However, even with the expansion of the town in terms of housing and industry there is still a need for the majority of people who live in the area to travel to Dublin for work and education. This is particularly relevant for younger people, some of whom are facing life changing decisions.
This work explores new visual conceptualisations of a commuter town that, in essence, is exemplary of many towns all over Ireland. Rural landscapes give way to surburbanisation and technology parks with their proximity to the M3, airport and Dublin Port. The young men and women featured in the landscapes photographs are also in transition, the carefree days of their youth has passed, replaced by an uncertain future, a desire to leave home and seek a new life, a job in Dublin, Boston or Sydney? Or to continue living in a small town in Ireland?