The Index works in reverse chronological order in accordance with my work diary.
#0038 / Check Point / Drogheda, Co.Louth, Ireland
#0037 / Martyna / Home Studio, Drogheda I met Martyna back when I was taking portraits around my hometown for my project Surface. I asked her if she was interested in doing a portrait session in the future, so I gave her my contact details. Thankfully, She contacted me and we went on to do a shoot. Furthermore, We also shared similar interests and went on to become friends.
#0036 / Marsh
#0035 / Street / Drogheda, Co.Louth, Ireland
#0034 / Rebecca Rebecca is an up and coming artist based in Skerries. She developed her painting in Florence, Italy. Her work can be viewed on her website (www.rebeccajanedolan.com/).
#0033 / Road / Drogheda, Co.Louth
#0032 / Richard Moore / Donores Green, Drogheda, Co.Louth Richard Moore is a charming gentleman who is well known in Drogheda because he happens to be a very good painter. I visited his latest exhibition and I have to say, It was a delightful experience. His paintings depict Drogheda in a beautiful and unique way. He can often be seen with his canvas and paint brushes around the streets of Drogheda, painting some of the iconic and well-known buildings.
#0031 / Car Park / Drogheda, Co.Louth
#0030 / Estera / Mayoralty Street, Drogheda, Co.Louth Estera is an Eastern European girl that I approached at a bus stop in my hometown. She had been studying at a college in Drogheda and was waiting for her bus. I could tell straight away that she had striking features, and that's why I took the risk to make contact with her. Thankfully, she welcomed my approach and went onto tell me that she had an interest in modeling and had been contacted by an agency in Dublin a few months prior. I obviously encouraged her potential so I gave her my card and hoped to hear back from her. Soon after, she emailed me and we arranged to do a portrait session in Drogheda.
#0029 / North Strand Road, Drogheda, Co.Louth
#0028 / North Strand Road, Drogheda, Co.Louth
#0027 / Jimi / Donore, Drogheda, Co.Louth Jimi is one of those guys that stands out from the crowd. It's why I made the effort to approach him one day on West Street in Drogheda. When I did make contact with Jimi, happily for me he was open to the idea of doing a portrait session. As I photographed him we naturally engaged in conversation. He’s a really unique guy and a gentleman to speak with. He went on to tell me that he spent years working in New York as a chef in a top quality restaurant but he got so burnt out by the intensity of the work that he was forced to hand in his notice. He then spent years on the roads of the U.S.A on a motorbike, living on nearly next to nothing. He eventually came back to home soil. Once back, he began to develop his artistic craft, making unusual pieces like the one you can see in the gallery (a Celtic styled piece made with a motorbike chain). This is just one piece he has made amongst many other interesting designs. When I was photographing Jimi, I took an easy approach. I didn't use any lights, nor did I use multiple lenses. I just stuck with one camera body and one lens, nothing else. This simple approach made it easier for me to engage in conversation with Jimi and helped us both to enjoy the creative process. Big setups can intimidate people and that's why I never use much gear unless it's for a commercial shoot which is entirely different. I'm a minimalist at heart, I like keeping things stripped back. This isn't just in my work, it's in my life. You should see how minimalist my house is! This portrait session is still my favourite shoot to date and it's work I'm really proud of.
#0026 / Abandoned House / Drogheda, Co.Louth
#0025 / Abandoned House / Drogheda Outskirts
#0024 / Tony / Studio Tony is a song writer and poet. He's also a good friend and the funniest man I've ever met.
#0023 / Village / Termonfeckin, Co.Louth
#0022 / Lisa-Marie McCarroll / Dublin Lisa-Marie is a super-cool creative girl I met years back when I was starting out in fashion photography. She was styling a shoot for a designer's campaign that I was photographing. We made a solid connection as we shared similar interests in movies and music. Sometime later, I asked her if she would do a shoot with me.
#0021 / Collage / Various Wall Surfaces / Drogheda, Co.Louth
#0020 / Caoimhe / Greenhills, Drogheda Co.Louth, Ireland Caoimhe is another person that I made contact with in Drogheda, motivated by my instinct that she would be a good subject to photograph. My sense was right about Caoimhe, she certainly had depth on her face. Not surprisingly, she told me that she was an artist.
#0019 / St Peters Church / West Street, Drogheda, Co.Louth, Ireland
This is a Church located on West Street which is the main street of the town.
#0018 / Alicia / Studio
#0017 / Viaduct Bridge / Drogheda, Co.Louth
#0016 / Football Field
#0015 / Project Surface / Lady from Iran / Shop Street, Drogheda Surface was a 1 year project that I was working on that was centred on my hometown of Drogheda. The theme was primarily about diversity and the growing ethnic culture that surrounded it. Unfortunately, I never completed the project because I felt strongly that the work as a whole didn't stand up. The Iranian woman in this photograph is one of my favourite portraits that I got out of about 1500 pictures that I took over the course of the year.
#0014 / Road / North Strand Road, Drogheda
#0013 / Aron / Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co.Louth
#0012 / Lines / Drogheda Outskirts
#0011 / Project Surface / Lady from Pakistan / Mayoralty Street, Drogheda Here is another one of my favourite portraits from the series. I do have a particular interest in speaking with people from different cultures to myself. I feel we can learn something from each other. This lady was very pleasant to speak with.
#0011 / Dockland / Drogheda, Co.Louth, Ireland
#0010 / Viaduct Bridge / Donores Green, Drogheda
#0009 / Birds In Flight / Drogheda Outskirts
#008 / Industrial Factory / Hilton Foods, Link Road, Drogheda
#0007 / Project Surface / Lady from Iraq / Mayoralty Street, Drogheda
#0006 / Abandoned Houses / Drogheda, Co.Louth
#0005 / Tree
#0004 / Julia / Studio
Julia is a Russian dancer and model
#0003 / John
#0002 / Termonfeckin Beach I got this when I was experimenting with Tri-X film, pushing the film by 3 stops, which produces a very dark and grainy look.
#0001 / Abandoned Factory / Donore Road, Drogheda Industrial Estate, Co.Louth, Ireland This is my first ever photograph using my first D.S.L.R camera that I bought back in 2003. The industrial building had been abandoned. This photo was taken just after the factory had been shut down, possibly due to the economic downturn that hit the Irish economy around that time. I suppose in a lot of ways this picture set the tone for the kind of dark and moody work that I would consistently go on to do.