The series was shot in my hometown in the west of Ireland. Our hometown has the reputation of being called the ‘graveyard of ambition’ and I wanted to turn this on its head. It’s why I chose the title Small town, Big ambitions. I utilized humor, color vibrancy and youth as part of the story.
The project is a mixture of portraiture staged photography and street photography. I think it’s important for photographers to switch lanes when it comes to genres. I wanted to incorporate this ethos into the series.
I also wanted to explore the lines between fact and fiction. The vast majority of the people in the series are family members and friends.
The series is peppered with Catholic symbolism. I wanted to incorporate the remnants of Catholicism that we still see in my home city I wanted to bridge old Ireland with new Ireland.
The project was all about finding beauty in the mundane and exploring how colors can become marvels in monotonous settings.
All images and text © Enda Burke
By Enda Burke
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