On the 19th of May 1989 my Grandfather, William 'Con' Organ was killed in an accident on the road where he and my Grandmother lived. 'Within and Without' is a visual representation of this event and an exploration of the ubiquitous yet deeply personal experience of loss. By examining my Irish Catholic heritage combined with my rejection of the Catholic Faith, the work explores the complexity of grief, loss and death, utilising photography to confer idolatry and seemingly unremarkable objects.
'Within and Without' seeks to establish a personal narrative by piecing together fragments of past and present, fact an fiction, romanticised and real. In order to construct a picture of a man I did not have the opportunity to meet. Collecting evidence in the form of these unremarkable relics, as a means to understand the shape of the void his death has left behind.
All of the images were shot using a medium format camera, Mamiya 645 and a combination of portra 400 colour film and ilford 800 black and white. The idea behind the still life images was to obscure these objects i've carefully selected and photographed in such a way that their original function is no longer significant, they're illustrations and imaginary depictions of a person and of the past. I work exclusively in film and tend to make narrative based, symbolic fine art photographs.