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Eoin O Conaill November 23, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ireland.
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Derry, Northern Ireland, 2008

Eoin O Conaill (b.1979, Ireland) completed a B.A. in Documentary Photography at University of Wales, Newport in 2003.  Much of his work has been concerned with the idea of place and identity and his current project Common Place is a visual exploration of Ireland during the recent period of rapid cultural and economic change. He has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions throughout Ireland and Europe, most recently in Gallery of Photography, Dublin, ev+a International Visual Art Exhibition, Limerick, 2009, and at the International Festival of Photography, Lodz, Poland.  In 2008 he received the Belmont Mill National Award and was awarded the Gallery of Photography Artist’s Award in 2009.

About the Photograph:

“This image was made in the north of Ireland in a city called Derry and is part of a series I have made throughout the country over the past few years looking at the everyday landscape and at the often overlooked local place and space. I wanted to document the shifting visual contours of rural and urban life but also to explore the ideas and perceptions of modern Ireland. This image was made on a foggy winter morning and is of a car park attendant in his small and cluttered working environment on William Street. What interested me is that this is a part of the ordinary landscape that is in transition – the attendant has not yet been replaced by smart card speed of the newer multi-story car-parks.  The photograph holds this tension between the local and the global, that which is vanishing and that which is newly emerging.”

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