Being There

Last coherent conversation with my Father
I never lived in this apartment, apart from one month in 2015 where I came back to Ireland with the intention of trying to get to know him again and to remind myself of who he was and where I came from.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
Dublin, My father had fallen about 6 months previously and damaged some bones. He was checked on by a friend who determined quite rightly, that he was in trouble. Between my Sister and my oldest brother, John, and their friends that were still living in Ireland, helped get him situated in a new place.
In the meantime, he had been hospitalized and then sent to ‘Our Lady’s Manor’ which is a care home administered by an order of nuns. This is literally moments after I saw him for the first time in 3 years. I was gutted when I saw him, so physically diminished, yet bright and coherent despite the crumbling infrastructure.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
Dublin,. My oldest brother, John, dealing with immediate arrangements for Dad, a Taxi, and his job back in the UK.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
Waiting by the elevator at Our lady’s Manor care home. My thoughts during this time were to apply the same psychology through my camera that would help determine the best images to get in the moment. As I was looking at my father, I could see his demeanour, indicating that he wasn’t really sure about what was going on in that moment. The following image carries on this psychology and is manifested on my brother, as he amply reflects my own thoughts in that moment.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
Waiting by the elevator at Our lady’s Manor care home. My thoughts during this time were to apply the same psychology through my camera that would help determine the best images to get in the moment. As I was looking at my father, my brother, John, came to my focus attention. This is hard for all of us.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
Dublin,. In the tiny elevator at Our lady’s Manor care home.
It became clear that it was very difficult for me to figure out which emotion was calling me the most. I made the picture to solidify the moment.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
I remember my dad talking about a film that he said was profound; “Being There” with Peter Sellers. The sentiment of this film is reflected in these images.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
Dublin,. This is my brother, John, saying goodbye for now to our dad. Me giving him that hug, would look just the same as this, and it would be the following day. The last time I would talk with him.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
Dublin,. A view, one that I’d seen many times before, but from another point.
My father spilt most of his life into this area, everyone knew him, he was a hand, act or part in this area for 88 years.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
I remember my dad talking about a film that he said was profound; “Being There” with Peter Sellers. The sentiment of this film is reflected in these images.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
I have vague memories of being a child holding his big warm hand, and he would turn back to me like this, and say something.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
Dublin,. I literally got off the plane got in a taxi and came straight out to see him at the Manor. The trip back to my friend’s house where I was staying, was a real-time tableaux of images from the window of the train, segments of my past life in Ireland, chunks of memory, good and bad times, little vignettes of thought and memory synchronized and dispatched with the rhythm of the tracks.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
Dublin,. A view, one that I’d seen many times before, but from another point.
My father spilt most of his life into this area, everyone knew him, he was a hand, act or part in this area for 88 years.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
Dublin,. A view, one that I’d seen many times before, but from another point.
My father spilt most of his life into this area, everyone knew him, he was a hand, act or part in this area for 88 years.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
I remember once my dad talking about a film that he said was profound; “Being There” with Peter Sellers. The sentiment of this film is reflected in these images.
Last coherent conversation with my Father
The last look.
I had a deadline, my part in a charade. I got one day with my father.
The window frame tells me that I have no control, I include it in the frame, to convey a sense of constraint. Other things going on outside the window, are reinforcements on this concept.

Sausage Party in Concrete

Thanks to Mark Hinterliter, Hank Leiter, The Schlem & Sean Bull for a great boys only event in the forest.

Observations from a Small City on the Edge of a Crumbling Tectonic Economy..

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I’ve lived in Seattle since November 25th 2004, and in that time I have seen some slow changes, lost touch with a lot of people who moved on, disappeared left town etc. It’s really not until 2013 that the physical changes happened in the city that I could start to think I was living in a dynamic place.

I’ve lived in Seattle since November 25th 2004, and in that time I have seen some slow changes, lost touch with a lot of people who moved on, disappeared left town etc. It’s really not until 2013 that the physical changes happened in the city that I could start to think I was living in a dynamic place.

I came to the US with an expectations of grandeur.

I was really surprised when I got to New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and DC and was hit in the face with the fact that these were aging cities, and the sense that the people living there, really didn’t have much actual control or say over anything that went on, because democracy got in the way. Id assumed the US was bright shiny and new.
As a European, I had always grown up with places that were maintained and there was a real sense of local pride and everyone was involved in it.

Over the years and traveling around, I’ve seen enough of it to tell me that this country is definitely a continent in decline. A place strangled by conservative values, and disregard for everything except money.

The US is definitely not a place I want to grow old in, and yet, I don’t know where else there is now that hasn’t adopted the same capitalistic values, and with that the utterly destructive nature of that which is held in high regard: individualism.

 

 

the legacy

“…the act of thinking thoroughly through a scene and preempting a moment to capture it, comes with experience. The experience shows when is the right moment to take the shot. Because the shot is a legacy of that decision…”

Dublin

Marriage Equality Dublin, Ireland
May 22, sees the first referendum for marriage equality in Ireland. While most of the positivity towards it shows in the main cities of Cork and Dublin, opinion is divided in the regional cities and towns.
Family roots
My Aunt Eileen and my father discuss family roots. Skerries north Co. Dublin, Ireland.
Family roots.
My Aunt Eileen and my father discuss family roots. Skerries north Co. Dublin, Ireland.
Family Roots.
My Aunt Eileen and my father discuss family roots. Skerries north Co. Dublin, Ireland.
Family roots.
My Aunt Eileen and my father discuss family roots. Skerries north Co. Dublin, Ireland.
Intercity views, north Co. Dublin
North Co. Dublin from the Dublin to Dundalk train.
Generation Gap.
Generation gaps prevail, Dublin City, Ireland. While Ireland awakens from stern austerity measures put in place by preceding governments the generation gaps appear as many of the immigrants from ireland came back in the mid 2000’s left again during the economic downturn, the economic migrants, many from former eastern bloc states the up the slack.
Cafe Doggy
The dog is part of the family.
Cafe Doggy
Im having a Latte, what would you like?
Yellow man
Retake on an old classic.
The Gull Boy
“They come down from the Pheno” Referring to the Phoenix Park, at one stage Europe’s largest city park. Seagulls plane on the strong winds which funnel up the river Liffey. Dan Kavanagh stands on the Millennium Footbridge linking Temple Bar to Ormond Quay, commanding a flock of majestic gulls, with chunks of biscuit, like a scene from Irish mythology.
The Gull Boy
“They come down from the Pheno” Referring to the Phoenix Park, at one stage Europe’s largest city park. Seagulls plane on the strong winds which funnel up the river Liffey. Dan Kavanagh stands on the Millennium Footbridge linking Temple Bar to Ormond Quay, commanding a flock of majestic gulls, with chunks of biscuit, like a scene from Irish mythology.
To each their own.
To each their own..
Wha..?
Wha…?
Ireland
Henry Street, Dublin, Ireland
Got it at Guineys!
Guiney’s Dublin’s favorite everything store.
After School fun at blackrock baths. Dublin Ireland.
After School fun at blackrock baths. Dublin Ireland.
After School fun at blackrock baths. Dublin Ireland.
After School fun at blackrock baths. Dublin Ireland.
Old town Dún Laoghaire.
Old town Dún Laoghaire.
Old town Dún Laoghaire.
Old town Dún Laoghaire.
Bauler
Takin’ the Bauler for a walk. Old town Dún Laoghaire.

 

From the Archives..

I once had the bright idea of taking pictures of newspapers, periodically while on my travels.
In the US its easy to do this because of these street-side vending machines where the top half of the front page is displayed, and that basically all I need.

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To this day, I find it hard to swallow that the administration of the time were actually lying.

Dark Riders

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Amazing Environmental Audio from Maha Kumbh Mela

I’ve been back from India just over a year now, back living in the US and in that time its been a real struggle, both on a personal level and financially.
Looking back on that time, a half-year spent in India, thinking about it and thinking about how much I miss it, and yearn for the Utopian chaos to run through my veins once more.
I have edited my photography over and over trying to extract the essence of the experience. However the personal journey that India was to me, has obscured my objectivity, something that only time can distill.
I have started once again on the editing process, going back over the audio recordings I made, and in doing so, had an epiphany about the work. I realize that I have no choice but to go back to India, and capture more audio, this time with an expanded kit. And to dedicate much more time and effort into making quality environmental recordings.
Audio recordings offer a taste of reality that video and photography simply cannot touch. Where video has to be constructed to make a compelling presentation, and photography provides specificity, and depth, that depth is within just that contextual intimacy.
Audio offers a living reality of time based exploration. Audio treats the consciousness to a wide layered mental vision, one that the mind is intrinsically connected to, there is no learning to listen, whereas there is learning to read photographs.

This Location Sound during the Anup Jalota concert at Pilot Baba’s Ashram camp 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela, Sangam Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh India. I had decided to walk around the sector 9 area where the ashram was located, about 7 miles from the actual main bathing area.
You can hear all of the local sounds, and the far distant sounds of the millions (130,000,000 to be more accurate) of pilgrims who existed at the ‘city’. Headphones highly recommended. Sit back and enjoy the Mela as I did for thirteen minutes.

Pride Festival, Seattle 2014-06-29

2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.
2014 Seattle Pride Festival has grown exponentially over the last decade. It now regularly attracts crowds in excess of four hundred thousand people.

2013.05.30 BOMBAY

Bombay, not Mumbai. I prefer it, and the Bombers themselves call it Bombay anyway.

Its as hot as Goa was, but the humidity levels are off the charts. What I thought was humid in Goa was just for starters. Here its totally and completely insane. It takes 20 minutes to sweat out a liter of water. I go nowhere without a 2L bottle of Bisleri. Bisleri is the nice brand of water in India. Its an Indian company started by a French couple who came here some time ago and scoffed at the lack of good clean drinking water in bottles. Since then of course, there are others. Bailey, which is harder to find, but equally as good and the same price. 1L bottles are about 15 rupees, 2L bottles are 25 rupees, depending of course if you ask the price, because most street vendors will try and hoodwink you and make you pay more even thought he price is moderately unclearly marked on the bottles themselves. The Batch Number, date and Price “(inclusive of all taxes)”. But I still like to ask because I like to see the honesty levels of the vendors. Most outside of Goa and so far Bombay, are not honest and some, even when you show them the price will argue the price with you. Old school values; haggle. Theres no haggling in America. We are soft now, lazy, the price is the price. I still like to ask for a deal when I have to go to the Apple store just to fuck with the doe-eyed whizz-kid clerks. Who cares if Steve Jobs had $750,000,000,000 in the bank before he stepped out, he shouldn’t have had that much money anyway, he should have by virtue of the fact that he travelled India himself, known that that money would have been better off in the hands of those who know what to do with it to make their days a little brighter. Like those tribal families out there on the street in front of the hostel Im currently in. They are rolling with the rats, and their children are playing cricket and badminton amongst the traffic “OUT”! I saw that, that was out! Ballard market, haha what a fucking Joke, ‘fixed prices’ total and complete bullshit.
Oh look at that Im sweating as I’m shitting here in relative comfort of porcelain three floors above you, and the little brown children with blue string around their waists are dropping their payloads into cracks in the pavement. Their shit is cleaner then yours though -and you fucking better believe it.