I am an image-maker, researcher, educator and PhD candidate at University of Helsinki. 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 qualification in Visual Education and while residing in Ireland taught photography at the PhotoMuseum Ireland (originally known as Gallery of Photography) and Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute in Dublin. I currently teach photography courses at the Espoo Adult Education Centre in Tapiola near Helsinki, and in the past have taught at Aalto University in Espoo. In 2021 I received funding from the City of Helsinki for my research on how the changing urban landscape of Helsinki is mediated through screens and networked images and in 2022 I received funding form the City of Espoo for my visual based investigation on how Metro West (LänsiMetro) is changing the landscape of Espoo.

I started my professional career as a software developer working for large global based corporations and that experience is a key influence in my work, which has been exhibited in various places in both Ireland and Finland. I also do extensive academic research with my projects and am interested in how the photographic image is deployed to support certain views of the world through ideology. I have received funding for my both my research and photographic work in Finland. I maintain a blog on my research, which I update a few times a year and it can be accessed here.

I am represented by The Copper House Gallery in Dublin, Ireland where you can view a collection of my work.

Education

2020 – Present, PhD candidate at University of Helsinki researching the role of digital visualising technologies in the mediation of urban space.

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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

Past

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.

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)

Dodho Magazine, June 2021
F-Stop Magazine, Issue 47, 2011
BLOW Photographic Magazine, Issue 02, 2011

Awards

IPPA 2010 IADT Student Award

Positions held: Photography Tutor

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