Kenneth O’Halloran September 29, 2011Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ireland.
My Father, Corofin, County Clare, Ireland, 2010
Kenneth O’Halloran (b.1968, Ireland) graduated from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire. His project ‘Tales from the Promised Land’ was shortlisted for the Terry O’Neill Award 2010 and a portrait entitled Twins: Puck Fair was shown in The National Portrait Gallery in London, as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2010. Kenneth has recently received third prize in the Portrait Stories category of the World Press Photo awards and is also the recipient of the Focus Project Monthly Award (March 2011) and has been selected for exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (Taylor Wessing 2011). He has been published in The New Times Magazine, Paris Match, Le Monde Magazine, PDN, and the British Journal of Photography.
About the Photograph:
“This image is from the series entitled ‘Life after Death’, an intimate portrait of my Father, who turned 81 last August. Having spent half his life working, he recently retired, closing his drapery store. His undertaker’s business continues. For me and others in the family it meant that death was never far away or overtly mysterious. We became accustomed to the dead of our parish being prepared for the final ceremonies before burial. We would often come home from school to see who had died that day. The house where I grew up in the west of Ireland is where my father now resides with his wife and their daughter Susan; all the rest of the family have flown the nest, some starting families of their own, one in New York where she has become part of the Irish Diaspora. I made this image of my father with his feet in the oven a few years ago but he only saw it for the first time recently. He laughed when I showed it to him but my mother was less enthusiastic. My Dad lives a very quiet life and is devoted to his children and grandchildren. In their company he seems tranquil. At peace. His work done.”