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Looking at Images of Urban Space: A Lefebvrian approach

  • 25th June 2019
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For a long time I have been obsessed with urban space. The obsession has, perhaps, been brought on by spending my twenties living and working in Dublin city during a period of immense urbanisation as part of the Celtic Tiger. In that time, and through the proceeding austerity and recovery, I witnessed a growth that led to improved living standards for some, but also gentrification and a decline in living standards for many others.

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Photography and ‘The Market’

How does the market for photography distort the meaning within images, creating its own narrative in the process? As photographers, we are often expected or sometimes even required to sell the work that we make.

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The role of the image in the financialization of space

  • 5th October 2018
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Spaces are full of memories. The things we do in space we tend to associate with those spaces. Spaces have the power to bring back memories, sometimes even unwanted ones and it is for that reason we sometimes see spaces preserved or destroyed in order to either retain or obliterate memories. Space can induce memories…

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The Promise of Greatness – Photography and Advertising

  • 22nd July 2018
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The advertisement attempts to tap into our increasingly individualistic society through a series of portraits anchored with text aimed at one’s narcissistic values. The concentration on the individual also seems to contradict corporations’ usual requests for a worker with team ethic but perhaps hints that one will ultimately end up working in an environment governed largely by the laws outlined by Darwin.

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Who is ‘The Keeper’?

The character is also an echo from my own past as a former corporate employee, while the briefcase, belonging to my father, is another icon of the corporation.

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Eugenics

Eugenics

There was a time when one may have been asked to provide a photograph with one’s CV/resume. Why did companies ask for this? So they can judge you partially based on how you look in the photograph. The photograph becomes an index to your personality.

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