Life/afterlife
Project info

This piece of work was started at the end of the operational portion of my career as a forensic photographer when I look back, I now think of the project as a probable catharsis (2004/5 were particularly tough years). The area photographed, reaches from Carnsore point to Hook lighthouse in Co. Wexford, Ireland. It was some time after the completion of the work, during the printing and editing phase, that a subconscious narrative emerged.

My first 6 years were lived in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. The presented images, I now realise, reflect to some degree my childhood impressions of that landscape. Although these images were created in a different part of the country my emotional response to this landscape partially reflects those early experiences.
It became clear as I printed and reviewed that there was a conflict between childhood happiness in a wild, beautiful environment and my perceived, but honest fear of the delivery mechanisms of Catholicism. The abundant iconography establishing the importance of faith and subsequent salvation, contrasts with the beauty of a landscape and the humour of its inhabitants.