Mamiya 7, 120mm black and white film, silver gelatin prints, 20x24 inches Ireland
The new millennium arrived bringing global economic boom. The Irish economy was known as the Celtic Tiger. For the first time in its history Ireland was prospering but I turned my lens on derelict homes where the evidence of past occupants haunted the images. The past remained untouched inside these homesteads standing as a testament to the life and death of those who lived there. When I entered these houses, which I had to sometimes break into, I saw the left behind relics, religious iconography, clothes, expired passports, old newspapers and cluttered surfaces. They all seemed reminiscent of my family home, the home I left behind, when my parents died and I had to move away. Dark, dank and dirty from years of abandonment these derelict houses had disturbing auras. I photographed everything as I found it and left it alone.