I have looked on with interest at the development of Ireland as a photographic/art group – time has not allowed me to engage more with the group, apart from uploading some of my photographs.
Have these photographs been my best work?
Can I truly be the judge of that question? A question I ask myself every time I look and examine one of my images. I have hundreds if not thousands of photographs in all different states of form and development. At this moment in time I am working on three different photographic projects, that will change and develop with time.
There is a constant development in the way I see my photographs, this consists of continually editing of images. This editing is embraced with continued research into past and present image making – this enables me not only see my own work in a different perspective but also other peoples.
So Martin, you have a difficult job in maintaining this group, but I do feel what has been said, has been a little harsh.
A lot of photographic work and I include my own, deals with the past and present in relation to the land into visual landscape. I study paintings from 18 century to the present day, always trying to keep an open mind. This is then endorsed by writings and poetry covering the same time span. If the guidelines of this or for that matter any group, are to constrain you could run the risk of having so many images that look the same.
The contemporary photographic art of Anthony Haughey would not be accepted, his photographic work dealing with borders and conflict is very dead pan – not aesthetic at all, but sill very strong profound images. The great Australian photographer Frank Hurley, who in the last years of his long established career photographed Australia. Hurley’s landscapes were wonderful, outstanding photographs of Australia and classed as some of the best propaganda photographs ever made!
We all have a romantic view of Ireland, but if we can, let us not let that romantic view stop photographers and artists that use other forms of expression ask questions. Ask questions about how we visualize the land and its changing population.