PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD FOR LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER
A local photographer, now living in Skeheenarinky, has emerged as the winner of a prestigious national competition which has been described as the leading award for contemporary photography in Ireland.
Patrick Hogan, whose work has been featured in The Avondhu over a number of months, has been declared the winner of the Gallery of Photography Artists’ Award for 2010.
Expressing his delight at the news, Mr Hogan said, “This was a long term project and I suppose you could say it was guided by an ongoing curiosity I have about people who live alone, away from society or in remote areas and the capacity we have as humans to be alone.”
“I started the project last year when I was awarded an artist residency in Iceland where I spent three months in a remote village on the north coast of the country. Over the past year, I’ve been based in Skeheenarinky. Some of the images in the show were taken around the area - Glengarra Woods, Galtee Mountains etc.”
Patrick Hogan told The Avondhu, “I spent the past six months researching this idea of isolation in rural Ireland. I met with and photographed a lot of people who live alone, whether by choice or by circumstance and was given access to their homes and allowed to photograph rooms and interiors and so on”
“Eight pictures were finally chosen and combined to create a fictional story about a man who lives in a wood. I called this photographic short story ‘Solitary, Half Mad’.”
THE BEST OF 166
“I will continue to work on this project for the next year with a view to creating a book of photographic short stories and a solo exhibition at the ‘Gallery Of Photography’ in Dublin in early 2012. There were 166 applications for the award from Ireland and abroad this year,” Patrick concluded.
As winner of the Gallery of Photography Artists’ Award Patrick Hogan receives: • €5,000 towards the exhibition/publication
• Access to the Gallery of Photography’s Artists’ Digital Studio and fully-serviced darkrooms
• Technical assistance with all aspects of exhibition production
• Ongoing mentoring, curatorial feedback and publishing expertise
• A full colour editorial feature in The Irish Arts Review, media partner for the award.
Thursday 20th January 5:31pm