i just wanted to make you feel at home (2011 - 2014)

Last week I came across these photos on a hard drive. I was looking for a scan of something else and stumbled on this instead, an old project I threw together years ago. I say ‘threw together’ now but no doubt at the time I was overthinking it like it was all that mattered in the world.

I’m looking at them again on the bus from Dublin to Cork after not being home since last February due to the pandemic, the longest time I’ve ever been away from Ireland without popping back to say hello at some point.

I don’t really remember what this project was about, but I liked the title then and I like the title now. There’s my Mam and my Dad, trips to Prague and Munich and New York and Philadelphia and Manchester and the Cliffs of Moher for the millionth time. A relationship that didn’t really go anywhere, days & nights drinking, two trees outside my brothers house that he moved out of just last week. My friend S. walking by that river we always walk by, the same S. and the same river from another project, ‘that river back home’.

As far as I remember one of the earliest photos here is from a trip to Prague in 2011 where I’m looking at someone through a window. One of the last is drinking with L. and F. in our old apartment in Cork. I guess everything else is somewhere in between.

December 11th, 2020