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.