Common Place is a subtle exploration of Ireland during the recent period of cultural and economic change. The evocative stillness of O Conaill’s images, bathed in the uncertain light of early morning or late evening, reflect the visual contradictions embedded in urban and rural topography.
O Conaill’s nuanced images explore the tension between what is vanishing and what is newly emerged. The work traces the layering of the built environment as waves of construction pass over time. His portraits convey the sense of unease and uncertainty of a people and a country in flux, reflecting the tension between optimism and the reality of human existence.