Belfast is a city segregated and divided: its so-called ‘peace walls’, built to separate Unionist and Nationalist communities, are taller in places even than the Berlin Wall.
For his current project, Love's Fire Song, Enda photographed youth culture on either side of the peace walls, choosing the symbolic bonfires of the 12th July and 8th August as his starting point.
Rather than the expected images, laden with political and religious imagery, he concentrated on the ordinary, the everyday. The photographs are shown as a coherent series, using a muted colour palette with only subtle symbolisms, and without reference to the specific locations they were taken.
Free from political and geographical context, the photographs speak of longing, yearning, aspirations and vulnerabilities of young people in Belfast today; their myriad joys and sorrows; lingering on the moments that can resonate with us all, independent of our individual backgrounds and inherited place and beliefs.
Love's Fires Ong was published by Blue Swallow Book and is available to buy at The Gallery of Photography Ireland, Tender Books, London, Donlon Books, London and The Photographers Gallery. London.
A collaboration with actor/writer Bryony Miller and publisher Paper Tiger Books, this project is inspired by the character of Mick Kelly from the late Carson McCuller’s ‘The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter’.
McCullers was an accomplished pianist, but lost the use of one of her arms at age 18. She then found her way with her use of words, fitting them together creating impressions in a musical way and writing in circular patterns.
Mick Kelly lived in the southern state of Georgia , a young adolescent, claustrophobic in the intense summer heat and the town she lives in, facing uncertainties and searching for meaning and her place in the world.
McCullers is the master of delving into the adolescent mind, without trying to alter it or sensor it, she focuses on the pure emotion, the music.
This project was made at the end of August 2018 on an intensely hot Brixton summer day, over a full twenty-four hour period from dawn until dawn.
Enda’s pictures are about a sequence of time, inspired by his own work in film as cinematographer and his love of storytelling. He wanted to touch on the feelings and searching of Mick Kelly while resonating and overlapping with the emotions and internal world of Bryony Miller, a universal journey of searching we all share on every day.
This Thing I Want, I Know Not What was published by Paper Tiger Books in 2018 and is available through their website on http://www.papertigersbooks.com
A small selection of book spreads from At Mirrored River. The project has been exhibited at The Visual Centre Of Contemporary Art, Ireland, July to Sept 2016 and has received nominations for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize and the Prix Picet Award. The book has received support from people including film directors Ken Loach and Lenny Abrahamson, writer Colm Toibin, The Victoria & Albert Museum, photographers Tom Wood, Donovan Wylie and Eamonn Doyle. At Mirrored River is published by Blue Swallow in a limited edition of 800 copies. Designed by Nadine Rinderer and printed with MM Artbook Printing. Format 22.5cm x 27cm, Inside Pages: 64. To order your copy, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Tate Modern bookshop, Tender Books, The Photographers Gallery, or Claire De Rouen London.
"Kilburn Cherry" published by Jane & Jeremy, received the Birgitta Skiold award of excellence at the London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery. The Victoria and Albert Museum have acquired a copy for their National Art collection Library, and recently it has been exhibited in the group show On Landscape , at the Materia Gallery in Rome.
An image from my Coast series was selected for Ein Orte edition number 7, the theme for the publication was the sea and included contributions from international artists including Nan Goldin, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Juergen Teller, Adam Bartos, Massimo Vitali, Wolfgang Tillmans and Karin Apollonia Müller.