I had an adventurous childhood on the west coast of Ireland, regularly visiting new places and meeting new people. I have always had a fascination with hearing and collecting other people’s stories. I come from an artistic family so it was no surprise when I chose to study fine art and it was then that I began exploring my interest in storytelling through creating visual narratives.
My first encounter with a photography darkroom came about when I was exploring one such narrative, my childhood on the west coast.
I decided to experiment with a family heirloom, a ‘Brownie Box Camera’ passed down from my great grandfather. Upon developing my first roll of film and printing my first photograph I knew I was in love! Realising that such beautiful images could come from a roll of film, a tin box and some light was sheer magic in my eyes. I haven’t looked back since! I moved to New York and began collecting analogue cameras in thrift stores and quirky collector’s emporiums. With a myriad of cameras in tow, I immersed myself in the light and shapes of the vast city, documenting and learning about the communities and characters of New York.
Brimming with inspiration and excitement, I returned to Ireland and began to study photography. This time was pivotal for me and further enhanced my ability to see and capture the beautiful subtleties of everyday life