Current Project - Bull Island
Bull Island appeared around 200 years ago as the result of the construction of North Bull Wall, erected to fix a silting problem in Dublin Bay. The island is one of the most protected sites in the country with more conservation designations than any other site in Ireland. It is also an important amenity area for the people of Dublin and beyond. I’m interested in looking at how people and nature interact and coexist and how the island is managed and maintained. To do this I’m making photographs of the conservation and community activities that take place there, as well as landscape images under different light and weather conditions.
This project looks at interpretive signage or nature boards found in Irish nature reserves, parks and wetlands. I travelled around the country shooting sections and fragments of the boards over the course of three years. The nature boards exist to show people what animal and plant life they can expect to see in the surrounding area. The signs are hand painted by various regional wildlife artists and I was drawn to the human vision of nature depicted on the signs. I was attracted to the romantic depictions of animal and plant life and the contrast between the images and the reality of the surrounding landscapes. I only photographed signs which showed the effects of weathering and vandalism. For me the images speak of our desires towards animals and nature.