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My fifth solo exhibition "In the Garden of Delight" opened 29th Oct - 2014 at Gallery 27 on Dublins Sth Frederick St and ran for a very full and busy week. 


In 1916, author Lily Hardy Hammond wrote, "You don't pay love back; you pay it forward, her book was titled "In the garden of delight". It is the first known written reference of the phrase or ideology - pay it forward.


The influence of the images within this retrospective collection can be directly traced back to life events of a teenage me, from my secondary school teachers in Art and English class to my experiences of school crushes and dealing with tragedy. These occurrences governed my creativity and culminated in a body of work celebrating beauty, pain, desire and love. In this collection the influences of classic artists and my photography peers is not only obvious, it is celebrated.


The main piece Ophelia and it's sister piece The Birth of Venus (which was my first attempt at a triptych) looked incredibly rich and beautiful. Each one limited to a run of 10 prints in various sizes on Hahnemuhle matt finish fine art paper.

I am currently saving images and creating new work to show at a retrospective in 2026 to celebrate 25 years of taking photographs.


Recently I completed a very enjoyable two days with "The Waterboys" at their live gigs in The Iveagh Gardens Dublin. Check my Instagram page to see the results. Boy did I enjoy being back shooting musicians and boy what a great exciting band to shoot.

“There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke; when down her weedy trophies and herself fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide; and mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up: which time she chanted snatches of old tunes; As one incapable of her own distress, or like a creature native and indued unto that element: but long it could not be till that her garments, heavy with their drink, pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay to muddy death - drowned, drowned” - (soliliquy by Gertrude in Hamlet).

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