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Friday 15 December 2017

Joe's Finnish photo exhibition gets thumbs-up

Joe Tully, his wife Kirsi, Anu Vikevainen, chairperson of the Finnish
Society of Ireland, and Merja O’Connor, treasurer of the Finnish Society of Ireland, at Joe’s exhibition in Arklow Library
Joe Tully, his wife Kirsi, Anu Vikevainen, chairperson of the Finnish Society of Ireland, and Merja O’Connor, treasurer of the Finnish Society of Ireland, at Joe’s exhibition in Arklow Library

Esther Hayden

Arklow photographer Joe Tully unveiled his latest collection of work in a new exhibition commemorating a special year in Finnish history - the 100th anniversary of the country's independence.

The exhibition was officially opened on Thursday, February 23, at 7 p.m. and it runs at Arklow Library until Saturday, March 11.

Joe said that the inspiration for the exhibition was his travels to Finland over the years.

'Over the past 10 years I have made several trips to Finland and have become absorbed by the country and its people. Known as a land of the 'midnight sun', there is so very much more to Finland than seemingly interminable summer days and equally long winter nights.

'The people, known worldwide for their reticence bordering on shyness, are warm and friendly and know how to let their hair down to a standard which even the Irish find difficult to match.'

The body of work, 40 photographs in total, demonstrates the variety of the Finnish landscape along with scenes of an architectural interest and receives the sanction of 'Suomi 100', the Finnish centenary celebrations committee.

Joe said: 'Photography is a technical craft, which in some hands, becomes an art form in its own right. It is all about image making and was never meant to be an exercise in technical discussion, nor in the perfection of technique in isolation from the completed image.

'I therefore make no effort to describe the equipment used in the production of my images, nor to go into the fine details regarding their production. After all, who would ever ask a painter to describe the size of the brushes used or the technical qualities of his paints.

'My images hang on the gallery wall, for what they are in themselves. If any one of them excites within you, emotions of happiness or surprise, tranquillity or unrest, joy or sadness, then in some small measure they have reached out to your 'soul' and I shall be content with that, for, is not this the task of the artist.'

Joe said he had been delighted with how the exhibition went and by people's reactions to his photographs. 'Overall I think it went down very well with people', he said.

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