Photographer and writer based in Galway, Ireland. Graduate of NUIG’s MA in Writing, 2016.
My still-life and nature photography borrows from the Japanese photographic philosophy of ‘are-bure-boke’ (rough, blurred, and out of focus), a philosophy that prioritises emotional depth in an image over technical perfection, and holds that imperfections in a photograph can be poetic. My work deals with feelings of nostalgia, vulnerability, and revelation, paired with short pieces of poetry that reflect the mood or subject of the photograph.
The work is autobiographical, but it focuses on those moments where memories surface unexpectedly, instilling a moment, an object, or an image, with deep significance – the bittersweet phenomena of association.
With my portraiture, I attempt to capture something of my subject while simultaneously instilling the image with something of myself, inspired by a line from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey:
“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist.”