Recently I was staying in a hotel in Dublin. I was back in my room indulging myself in a little channel surfing – we don’t have a TV so its a bit of a treat sometimes to see what I’m missing and what I’m not. Mostly its the latter but on this particular night I was fortunate to see a documentary on BBC about David Hurn. My only real knowledge of him was as co-author of a book with Bill Jay On Being a Photographer, a book which I read but didn’t enjoy, can’t say I got much from it at the time but maybe I need to revisit it. Anyway during the project Hurn talked about his longterm project on documenting everyday life in his local village Tintern. It reminded me again that the best stories, the best images are there right in front of us and that a project takes time to come together. So, now that the exhibition is out of the way and I have more time and more space to get out with my camera I have been setting time aside to go out to see what is there.
A few weeks ago I set an hour aside to walk around the village of Easkey and made these images. I went with an open mind, trying to leave my preconceptions aside and see what was there, what my eye was drawn to.
To me the stand out images are the last 3 and of those 3 its this one that I am most interested in:
I guess its the juxtaposition between the Irish tricolour, such a powerful symbol of national pride and the symbol of the litter left behind on the picnic table. Its such a contradiction but one that I come across again and again at home.
I’ve been reading up on Turn and was particularly attracted to this sentence in an interview on Lens Culture (https://www.lensculture.com/articles/david-hurn-the-picture-that-changed-my-life-interview-with-david-hurn) “I decided, at that moment, that this is what I wanted to do. Specifically, I wanted to capture the equivalent of people buying hats for their wives. Mundane but special moments, all over the world”.
Also I found this sentence found here(http://www.tinternvillage.co.uk/page-103/) very informative: “However, It is Wales: Land of My Father that truly reflects his style and creative impetus. It attempts to discover what is meant by the phrase ‘my culture’ and consists of observations on the remarkable changes taking place in Wales from 1970 until the book’s publication in 2000″.