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GreyTown is pictures of wall surfaces, taken in central Drogheda, 2017-2018

Usually, we associate visible difficulty with things far off; travelling long distance to experience beauty. But it’s the familiar everyday closeup things that we struggle to grasp.

I’ve photographed many aspects of my hometown—exerting much effort, but the work always lacked depth.

Funnily, in turning my focus to ordinary, insignificant grey walls—using a basic approach (one lens, one composition, one type film), I finally created something special. They were there all along, but I passed it by.

From a distance, my pictures of wall surfaces—like society, have cracks; tattered, worn. And to most—unpleasant to behold.

It’s easy to dismiss things from afar. However, when we make an effort to look closer—hidden beauty emerges.

Location Index

01 Jim Garry Way 

02 Jim Garry Way

03 Diptych: Left, William St. Right, William Street 

04 Diptych: Left, Batchelor lane. Right, Francis Street.

05 Jim Garry Way 

06 Dyer Street 

07 Diptych: Left, Marsh Road. Right, Palace Street

08 Laurence Street 

09 Merchants Quay 

10 Jim Garry Way 

11 Constitution Hill

12 Diptych: Left, Marsh Road. Right, Marsh Road 

13 Scholes Lane

14 Diptych: Left, Laurence Street. Right, Constitution Hill 

15 Mayoralty Street 

16 Chord Road

17 King Street, The wall of my house

 

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