Jimmie and I
It’s been a year since I donated my kidney to my best friend and I feel better than ever! The first few weeks of recovery were intense but since then I’ve been able to run a half marathon and get back to work on my project The Europeans.
Having been through the process I really encourage you to look into become a living donor. The gift of life is the biggest opportunity we have to make a difference in someone else’s life. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to help a good friend and it changed my life as well as his.
Never forget is one of those tiresome tropes that we mutter when we’re still in the shock of disbelief and struggling with our pain. But time moves on and we do forget. But for those who lived through Hurricane Katrina ten years ago they don’t have the same luxury we do.
I haven’t spent nearly enough time in New Orleans but the city and it’s people are worthy not just of our good wishes but of our help and our love.
The events of the past few days may or may not be remembered as a turning point. The truth is no one knows how things will turn out. What we do know is that the Greek people have voted for a fairer settlement and that the ball is now in the court of Europe’s leaders.
“Those who want to chase Greece out of the Eurozone today will end up on the trash heap of history. If the Chancellor wants to secure her place in the history books, just like [Helmut] Kohl did during reunification, then she must forge a solution to the Greek question, including a debt conference where we can start with a clean slate.” said Thomas Piketty.
What Europe has been able to create over the last sixty years is nothing short of amazing. But that creation is very easy to destroy. Now is not the time to look for someone to blame. Rather Europe must pull back from the brink and remember that it is both more than the some of its parts and stronger together than it is apart.
A strange thing to come across near a city center.
But you’ll find the strangest things if you just take a long walk.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Europe in many different places. But it surprised me that I didn’t feel more at home in one of the few English speaking nations I’ve been to.
Traveling to Ireland last month reminded me not to place to many expectations on the places that I visit.
I always have to fight to leave myself open to what chance has to offer.
I was in Dublin entering the Gallery of Photography when this gentleman asked if I was a photographer. When I answered in the affirmative he asked if I could take his picture.
I didn’t, and still don’t know, exactly why David Drennan wanted me to take his photograph with this book, posed in the way that he did.
The nature of street photography is giving yourself the chance to have these random encounters.
Ireland became the first nation to approve marriage equality in a popular vote.
But as much as a victory as the vote was, Ireland is still fighting to ensure that all of its citizens can have full control over their lives.
The fight continues…
There is some great street art in Ireland.
And I enjoyed a lot of it!
I spent a lot of time in Buncrana which is a very small town.
Betting parlor. Buncrana, Ireland.
Which meant I had to switch gears and slow things down.
Which is not a bad thing.
Being in the North of Ireland meant spending some time in Northern Ireland.
So close and yet so far away…
History surrounds us here.
I spent most of my time in Donegal which is pretty far north and fairly rural.
As a city boy I’m not used to all that open space but I did enjoy it.
And yes, it was very, very green.
But there was some blue as well.
I spent over three weeks in Ireland and was quite busy. I opened an exhibition, participated in a panel discussion and did two workshops.
But I didn’t feel like I took as many images as I wanted to.
Performance artist Rebecca Strain in Derry.
Memory is a funny thing because when I looked through my images I found plenty and I’ll be sharing them with you over the next days.
Local Youths. Buncrana, Ireland.
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday for our exciting discussion up at Fort Dunree!
You can listen to what went on below.
Let’s hear what you have to say!
Join me up at Fort Dunree on Saturday for a panel discussion about the future of Europe and Ireland’s place in it.
“MEP Marian Harkin and Artlink’s Declan Sheehan. Damian Dowds, editor of the Inishowen Independent, will moderate the discussion.”
For me art is the starting point for this important discussion and this is an opportunity for those most affected by how Europe is changing to have their voices heard.