Dark figure in a long coat carrying a briefcase walks on a pier on a cold foggy day, there is a river running next to a pier and bare trees and frosty grass on a pier

December morning. Galway, 2022.

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TALE OF TWO TOWNS

The ongoing series consists of black-and-white photographs captured mainly in the cities of Galway and Limerick.

For an outsider, the laid back towns of West Ireland have a timeless character. Streets are stained. Marks of life can be seen on houses and buildings. Pleasant untidiness and randomness prevails. Apart from the cautious developments, few odd luxury stores and trendy coffee shops, tidy middle class conformity and gentrification are still hold at bay - deported to suburbs where the emerald green lawn is a measure of rectitude. The beauty is unpolished and it is accidental, but it is palpable.

Things are left - or kept - as they are. Is it indifference, obstinacy or rare respect towards the past? German philosophy has a word for it, Gelassenheit. Being should be permitted to prevail, to be.

Solo exhibition presenting my Irish work is held in Gallery Laterna Magica, in Helsinki, 11.- 28.9.2024.

A row of train car windows photographed through a dirty glass

Abandoned train car. County Clare, 2022.

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A woman walks past a wall mural that depicts The structure of electric pylon against clouds face of a young woman wearing a cap, the mural is signed by artist David Speed

The stare. Galway, 2022.

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A man wearing overcoat walks on pier on a foggy day, a tree growing on a pier is reflected from the harbour pool

Claddagh Basin. Galway, 2022.

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A man walks past an abstract wall mural, there is a sign painted on the concrete saying "No Entry"

No entry. Galway, 2022.

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Rays of light are filtered on concrete through an iron bar gate

Rays of light. Galway, 2022.

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Boy, girl and a woman are walking on a street passing a closed street shutter

Limerick Blues, 2022.

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A letter sign behind a shop window reads "There's gonna be good times"

Good times. Galway, 2022.

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A mural of a deceased boxer Kevin Sheehy is painted on a tile wall in Limerick city

Remembrance. Limerick, 2023.

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A woman walks on a street next to a wall smeared with tags

Tags. Limerick, 2022.

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Display window is smeared with painting forming an abstract pattern

Accidental Pollock. Galway, 2022.

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Woman is walking just about to turn around corner and passing closed steel shutters

City of steel shutters. Limerick, 2022.

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A woman walks past a poster of woman holding a human skull behind the shop window

Dilemma. Galway, 2023.

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A woman wearing a black leather jacket is holding a bag on a street, behind her is a closed steel shutter

Leather and steel. Limerick, 2022.

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A lonely figure wearing a dark cloak walks in a fog under street lamps on Nimmo's pier, in Claddagh.

Nimmo's pier. Galway, 2022.

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Screen on street shows a advertisement depicting moon rocket launching

Far away. Galway, 2024.

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