Titanic – mixed media project (Throw Back Thursday)

Another year passed of the sinking of Titanic I thought I would share a project that I created in 2012 for a final major and end of year exhibition when I was studying at BMC in Belfast.

I chose Titanic because it is a part of where I’m from, it was a tragedy and growing up I wanted to deep sea dive to find ship wrecks. I had such a fansanation with Titanic growing up that I did project when I was in High School and the love stayed with me ever since.

The main thing that spurred my project was the anger that I felt coming up to the centennial year of the sinking. The new Titanic building was opening, resturants started serving the Titanic lunch menu and my favourite crisp company started producing Titanic crisps, and this is just to name a few. I felt this was in very bad taste, for the love of god it was a tragedy and over 1500 people lost their lives but that’s ok as long as people get to enjoy a meal served in 1912. Now I could have been looking into this to much but I felt so strong that it should have been a time of rememberance and not an excuse for companies looking  to make a fast buck on the lives lost.

There was however, a remembrance garden created and while it is beautiful and placed in Belfast City Hall, I felt it wasn’t enough. I needed to react to how I was feeling.

Below you will see photos of screen prints I created, the originals are one of a kind and no more exist. Moving on to the photographs that I created from photographing the Titanic docks then compositing those with historic photographs, blending the two worlds together; old state and new. I produced a handmade a book, scrolls, text etc… Sweat, blood and tears went into this project. (Literally, as I chopped part of my finger off and that’s called pulling a Julie).


Now some mobile photos:

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I displayed a suitcase for my installation, and inside was an old dress for a two year old and a old battered teddy. I lay the photos inside as I wanted people to be tactile, to feel, touch and get the true deep feelings of tragedy and remember. I created a box and inside the box lay scrolls, these were screen prints of the peoples names. I also created a star book (once opened the shape is revealed) to represent the White Star Line, it to included all names onboard the ship. On the walls were the large pieces of screen print I created using delicate paper which I screen printed the music notes of a few songs played by the band.

The one thing that I wanted to achieve with this project was remembrance and people who seen my exhibition in physical form said they felt the tragedy and remembered what it was all about, one person even said; “it sent shivers down their spine”.

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First week, first brief! (throw back)

Since it is Thursday also know as “throw back Thursday,” I’d like to share a few photos that I took in my first week at university. I started in September 2012 and I remember being so nervous. Moving from Ireland to Blackpool in my late 20s was daunting, photography was still new to me and I felt I had no idea what I was doing.

I was given a brief to complete in 3 days. The brief was straight forward, simple really, the Blackpool council are looking for new photographs to turn into postcards, the photos needed to represent Blackpool.

I still remember that Friday lecture, talking about my photos and sharing it with what seemed like a packed room of people I didn’t know.

Genuinely, looking back I loved Uni and would do it again! I would say University isn’t needed for photography, but if you wanted a deeper knowledge and enjoy an environment for learning then go for it. There is no right or wrong answer, just a preference.

Along the pier

Under the pier
Blackpool illuminations


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Ambiguous Emotion (throw back)

I have been looking back over some past projects and I would like to share these with you. My photography and style has changed so much but I think reflecting and sharing such vital projects that where so import to me, would be nice to share them with you.

I remember being very proud of this project, I even made a book! I was so new to photography, I was doing a diploma and only been doing it a few months. I was so inspired by Sally Mann photographing her children and Diane Arbus’ keen eye, I wanted to be just like them. I remember taking photos and not understanding why photos weren’t how I could see them in my head, but I worked at the project until my deadline and below are the results.

I wish I had have heard this quote by Ira Glass when doing this project and starting in photography.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”


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