Community Photographic Project
by Eoin McCarthy
I am interested in developing my practice by combining my understanding of fine art with the fundamental principles behind Community Development. Between 1998 and 2000 I attended a part-time course in Community Development at the University of Limerick. I found that Photography proved more accessible and less intimidating to people because nearly every household was used to having their own photographs on their walls. Contributors to this published project were sought with posters in Local shops and youth clubs. Each image was jointly directed by myself and the person whose 'portrait' it was. After discussion some people chose to be in the photograph themselves, others preferred to select Locations or objects that were significant to them. The traditional studio backdrop became a key prop for setting the scene. Brian was a community development worker with a particular concern for road safety. Terence had Left school early and had placed great emphasis on his friends and his concern for horses being kept in the city. Joe wanted to show the attic of the Print Studios in Limerick that he hopes to transform into a gallery space. Sister Mary Carmel works in the St. Martin's youth centre in The New Road. The street and the kids from the area are her life. Maria's garden is her space to chill out and to proudly set out her growing collection of shoes. Eoin McCarthy's work will be on show of The Hunt Museum Limerick, 18th June 2001.