Tuesday 1 September 2015

Recession inspired Irish photographer's stripped down 'Elements of Nature' exhibition

Jennifer McShane

Published 27/09/2013 | 14:34

2011. Lands End. Elements of Nature. Rapahaella in County Kerry.
Photo: Eamonn Farrell.
2011. Lands End. Elements of Nature. Rapahaella in County Kerry. Photo: Eamonn Farrell.
2010. A Natural Union. Juchi in County Offaly in Ireland. Photo Eamonn Farrell
2012. The Unforgiven. Melissa in Dublin Cty Centre. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland
19/9/2011. Elements of Nature. Iveta on Baltray Beach, County Louth, Ireland. Photo Eamonn Farrell
2010. Lost. The Nude in the Irish Landscape. Iveta on the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford. Photo Eamonn Farrell
2010. In Awe of Nature. Katy in the Burren in County clare Ireland. Photo Eamonn Farrell
2009. Shelter. Ulorin Vex in County Donegal, Ireland. Photo Eamonn Farrell
2009. Escape From the Sea. Ulorin Vex in County Donegal, Ireland. Photo: Eamonn Farrell

Irish photographer Eamonn Farrell's collection of photographs were inspired by nature, but the Irish economic meltdown also had a part to play.

Eamonn Farrell will be unveiling his ‘Elements of Nature’ exhibition next month in the capital's Temple Bar.

Farrell told the Independent.ie that he got the inspiration for the photos in 2007, when he was looking to emphasise the importance of the environment through our rural and urban landscapes, but the photos went in a different direction when the Irish economy took a turn for the worst.

“I started taking the pictures in 2009 and by then things had gone quite bad for us, economy-wise, so I decided to introduce the human element into my original idea of the landscape shots,” he explained.

“I wanted to show that when everything is taken away from us, and we’re stripped down, that as humans, we are not as powerful in the animal kingdom as we like to think we are. That’s really what I wanted to emphasise throughout the photos. ”   

He said he shot in 18 different counties around Ireland and that he recruited models from all over the world for the shoot (around five Irish models will be used in the shots in the exhibition), because it was quite difficult to find Irish models with the look he needed.

“It was initially difficult enough to get models that were truly Celtic looking, i.e that had the translucent pale skin and dark hair, so I had to extend the search,” he continued. 

“But since the shoot, my own perception of Irish beauty has changed; I think the paler complexions look beautiful.” 

Farrell will launch his ‘Elements of Nature’ exhibition, in association with the Copper House Gallery, on Wednesday, 16th October in Filmbase in Temple Bar.

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