In The Frame – Homebound x Enda Burke


Posted 11 months ago in Arts and Culture, Photography

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“The series came about when the Covid-19 lockdown was announced in Ireland. I usually do street photography. Because the streets were so empty and most people were indoors, I decided to adapt and turn the lens on the two people I saw everyday, which were my parents.

With the pandemic the mood of the country was gloom and anxiety. I decided I wanted to integrate humour and colour to my images as an antidote to the stresses of lockdown.

I also noticed, as lockdown continued, I was feeling nostalgic and replaying memories of what had been. I read an article saying how it was a common phenomenon for people to daydream nostalgic thoughts as a form as escapism from the pandemic. I wanted to mix nostalgia into the series.

Growing up, in Ireland in the 1990s, I would always see Catholic religious iconography images in people’s houses. These images fascinated, amazed and also bewildered me. I wanted to incorporate these images into the series. I am also drawn to the monotony associated with working class life and how small details of colour and play can become marvels in monotonous settings.”

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Some of Enda’s prints from his Homebound series are for sale as part of Halftone 2020 which runs in the Library Project until Sunday December 6.


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