Project of the Week
My introduction to Russell Heights came at the invitation of Kevin and Eirn, two teenagers who took part in a photography workshop I gave at the local arts centre. The title of the project, My Last Day at Seventeen was uttered by Eirn when I photographed her on the eve of her eighteenth birthday.
My photographs consist of portraits, interiors; improvised and directed scenes of neighborhood life. I concentrate on the youth from the neighborhood, varying in ages up to their early 20's. Collectively, the photographs present a loosely articulated account of adolescence in Ireland and a somewhat fictional, somewhat documentary coming of age story about a small group of teenagers from Russell Heights.