About

Contact: david [at] davidmflood.com

I am an image-maker, researcher, educator and currently a PhD candidate at University of Helsinki. My research centres around visual culture, digital media, and landscape perception. I have presented my work and research in various countries, such as Ireland, Finland, UK, Spain, Slovakia and Sweden. I have also received funding to support my work and research from Culture Ireland, the City of Helsinki, the City of Espoo, and the European Union. My work has been featured in Source Photographic Review and the Royal Photographic Society Journal.

I completed a practice-led Masters by Research at IADT Dún Laoghaire in 2018 on the role of the image in the transformation of urban topographies in the context of globalised production and neoliberal governance. In addition, I hold a qualifications in Visual Education and Critical Research. I currently teach photography and visual culture courses at the Espoo Adult Education Centre in Tapiola near Helsinki. In the past I have taught photography at the PhotoMuseum Ireland (originally known as Gallery of Photography), Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute and Institute of Art, Design, and Technology Dún Laoghaire in Dublin, and at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland.

My main medium is photography, but I work across a range of media including moving image, drawing, and mixed media. I have worked on documentary, performance, and community projects. For example, in 2023 I worked on a community project in Covilhã, Portugal, examining how place has evolved around the natural features of the landscape. I have received funding to support both my research and photographic work in Finland, Ireland and the EU. I also maintain a blog on my research interests, which I update a few times a year and it can be accessed here.

Education

2020 – Present, PhD candidate at University of Helsinki researching the role of everyday aesthetic practices of the smartphone camera and how these practices mediate our contemporary landscapes.
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Master of Arts by Research
2015 – 2017, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin, Ireland, MA in Photography.
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Bachelor of Arts
2006 – 2010, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin, Ireland, BA in Photography.
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Certificate in Visual Education
2003 – 2004, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin, Ireland.

Conferences/Papers/Talks

Published Books and Articles
#kalasatama: Discursive Views of the Helsinki Landscape Through the Virtual Window in Philosophy of the City Journal, University of Groningen Press, Vol. 1 No. 1, October 2023.

A Place Like All Others
PhotoIreland TLP Editions, January 2023

Future Talks & Conferences

Presentation Title: Empathy and Landscape
International Visual Literacy Association Annual Conference
Murray State University, Kentucky, USA.
November 4th 2024


Past Talks & Conferences

Presentation Title: Empathy and Landscape
Helsinki PhotoMedia, Aalto University
April 11th – 13th 2024
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Paper Title: #kalasatama: Discursive views of the Helsinki skyline through the virtual window
International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA) Conference, Lahti, Finland.
June 12th – 14th 2023
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Presentation Title: Politics of Practice
Think Tank: On the History and Practice of Contemporary Photography in Ireland 1990-2022
PhotoIreland Festival 2022, PrintWorks, Dublin Castle, Ireland
July 29th 2022
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Artist Talk (David Flood and Jean Curran)
PhotoIreland Festival 2022, PrintWorks, Dublin Castle, Ireland
July 9th 2022
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Presentation Title: #kalasatama: Discursive views of the Helsinki skyline through the virtual window
Helsinki PhotoMedia, Aalto University
March 31st – April 2nd 2022
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Presentation Title: #kalasatama: Discursive views of Helsinki through the virtual window
Urbaria Academics, University of Helsinki.
3 November 2021
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Paper Title: ‘A Place Like All Others: Using Ethnography to Address Representation’.
Landskrona Foto, Sweden.
30 September – 1 October 2021
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Paper Title: ‘#kalasatama: Digital Visual Representations and the (Re)Making of Urban Publics’.
Royal Geographical Society annual conference – Imagined, imaginative, and imaginary geographies
Newcastle University, UK.
31 August – 3 September 2021
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Paper Title: ‘#kalasatama: Digital Visual Representations and the (Re)Making of Urban Publics’.
Philosophy of the City annual conference.
University of Twente, Netherlands.
17 May 2021
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Paper Title: ‘Coded Space: Digital Visual Representations and the (Re)Making of Urban Publics’.
Coordinates Conference VI:​ Art, Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Everyday Life.
University of Presov, Slovakia.
11 – 13 November 2020
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Paper Title: ‘The Image of Urban Space in the Age of Financialisation’.
Intersections of finance and society Conference.
City, University of London.
12 – 13 December 2019
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Paper Title: ‘Migrations of capital and the topographies of urban space’
Understanding Migration in Nordic and Baltic Countries.
Nordic Summer University, Nordic Culture Point, Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki, Finland.
March 10th – 12th 2019
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Paper Title: ‘A Place Like All Others – Picturing Global Capital in Urban Space’.
Radical Relevances Conference 2018.
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland.
April 25th – 27th 2018
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Paper Title: ‘A Place Like All Others – Picturing Global Capital in Urban Space’.
Helsinki PhotoMedia: Reconsidering the ‘Post-truth Condition’: Epistemologies of the photographic image.
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland.
March 26th – 28th 2018
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Paper Title: ‘The Irish Identity in Albert Kahn’s Photographic Archives’.
Helsinki University, Unioninkatu 38, Department of World Cultures.
20 May 2015
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Paper Title: ‘Photographic advertising in the neoliberal city’.
Media City: Spectacular/Ordinary/Contested.
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24.
15-17 May 2013
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Paper Title: ‘The Ideology of Corporate Photography’.
Helsinki PhotoMedia: Images in Circulation.
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
March 28th – 30th 2012

Publications

(Also see section In the Press)

Source Photographic Review, autumn 2023, issue 112
Dodho Magazine, June 2021
F-Stop Magazine, Issue 47, 2011
BLOW Photographic Magazine, Issue 02, 2011

Awards

IPPA 2010 IADT Student Award

Positions held: Educator & Lecturer

January – April 2022, 2023 & 2024 Assistant Teacher at Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.
09/2011 – Present Espoon Työväenopisto (Omnia), Espoo, Finland.
07/2008 – 05/2010 Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland.
09/2008 – 04/2010 Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education, Ireland.
09/2008 – 07/2009 IADT Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.