Wednesday 18 October 2017

Exhibition's a trip down memory lane with Maeve

Photographer Ann Henrick with Gordan Snell at the launch of exhibition in memory of Maeve Binchy
Photographer Ann Henrick with Gordan Snell at the launch of exhibition in memory of Maeve Binchy
Maeve Binchy
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

THE husband of late author Maeve Binchy admitted it was "pleasing but deeply poignant" to attend a photographic exhibition based around her work.

Gordon Snell was at the launch of photographic exhibition 'A Time to Dance' in the European Union House on Dawson Street, Dublin last night.

Mr Snell said he feels his late wife's presence on a daily basis, but felt particularly emotional while reading her words in the gallery.

Based on Binchy and photographer Ann Henrick's 2006 book of the same name, the exhibition consists of a series of black and white photographs of elderly women and men enjoying the golden years of their lives. Beside the pictures hang a selection of Binchy quotes and words.

"Maeve's words are so alive and so vivid," said Mr Snell.

"Coming to an event like this is emotional because I know how much she enjoyed working on this project.

"There are a lot of memories here – it's a very pleasing and deeply poignant night.

"I think Maeve's legacy will continue because her words are as exciting now as they ever were. I'm exhilarated by the whole thing."

Photographer Henrick and Age Action Ireland have staged the exhibition in memory of the best-selling author and hope to change society's negative attitude to the elderly.

"Meave completely changed my understanding of age," Henrick said. "She told me 'to make old age sexy'."

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