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.
About the Artist.
Eoin O’Conaill is a photographer who works on long-term projects alongside commissioned work. He has contributed to publications such as New York Times, Financial Times, Irish Times, International Herald Tribune, Le Monde, Telerama and has completed jobs for numerous commercial and fashion clients.
His personal projects have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally (see exhibitions) and his work has been nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Photo Award, Prix Pictet 2011 & ‘13 and the project “Common Place” was the recipient of the Gallery of Photography Ireland Artist Award in 2009.
Eoin is a part-time lecturer in photography and art at Griffith College Cork and holds an MFA in Photography from the University of Ulster and a BA in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport.
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