Releasing the shutter is a mindful moment for me. In that instant, I appreciate the simple realities of my surroundings. But, taking the photo is only the first step. I want to make that scene my own, I want to draw out the essence of what the image means to me. Very often the meaning is just an emotional response to a color, a shape, a place. I use color intensity, texture, and lighting to create mood.
In my Americana work, I try to portray the essence of America with the freshness of an immigrant’s eye. Perhaps because I grew up in Ireland watching 1970s and 80s American TV shows, I feel that essence is best captured in the color palettes and textures of an old analog TV image. I have been influenced by some of the greatest pioneers in color street photography: William Eggleston, Saul Leiter, and Trent Parke.
Although usually looking for the simple things behind the glamor and gloss, I do enjoy fine art photography. I have been exploring glamor portrait photography drawing on the work of photographers like Sarah Moon, Lillian Bassman, and other old time Hollywood photographers.