This project has essentially been born out of the anxiety surrounding loss, a desire to "steal" time and freeze it in an instant. It is based on archiving a series of photographs and writings documenting the life of my mother's uncle who recently passed away and the hostel he ran for 20 years on the West Coast of Ireland. Finding all of these things after his death, it felt important to preserve these memories because it was obvious that he had meant so much to so many people. I became fascinated by the web of strangers who had become intricately linked by their shared experience of staying at the hostel. Through Photographs taken by visitors and sent back to him from all over the world, letters left in the visitors books and Photographs which I have taken in the aftermath of his death I hope to create a portrait of the man he was and a study of memory.
Matthew John Barber • Samantha Brandolani • Sophie Cookson • Lucie Crewdson • Eleanor Cusdin • Kelli Foley • Natasha Foley • Anna Heaton • Ashlea Smyth • Renata Stonyte • Alice Thompson • Julia Tucker • Paul Walker • Becky Wren •