The Photo Course is a project which explores the environment of a Photographic Course where I work in Dublin. I look for the energetic ‘imprint’ from teaching and learning photography against the dead wood of the empty institutional environment. The work is also about subtle and ephemeral micro-events which happen in the duration of a day, a week, a year, which become part of the history of the building. As we move forward we create and we construct. We develop and perform ideas and discourse physically in and on the environment. We shape that environment through our mental and physical interactions, day upon day, year upon year. We also destruct. Destruction is part of the creative process. The work also, in a profound way, of a certain reality of transient, ephemeral relationships which are built year upon year between teachers and students and, in a less profound way, of the relationships between photographic discourse, practice and the its environment.
‘Foreign Eyes (On Fryslan)' represents the physical and psychological experience of traversing unfamiliar terrain, as a photographer and as an outsider, with a given objective of ‘finding’ that place through the photographic lens. The commission was undertaken in two parts - April 2010 & July 2010.
Many thanks to Fryslan Unlimited http://sailingonthegrass.nl/79/sailing-on-the-grass/