To my advantage, my ancestry stems from the surly pubs and damp knolls of Ireland. Being fourth generation Canadian, I took interest in where it began. With a bit of luck in the summer of 2010, I found myself wandering around Dublin, Greystones, Naas and Gaelic parts of Nova Scotia.
I felt an obligation to capture some of what I saw in the places I was able to visit. The first frame, in Dublin, created an incessant urge to document what I didn’t have. That is to say, establish a connection with the beginning. A project was born, appropriately named Ar Dtús, which is Gaelic for “At the Start”, or roughly, “In the Beginning”.
I feel that in these places I’ve taken some of my most personal photographs, and with bias, some of my best. My intention is to continue exploring and produce a larger collection for a possible book complete with more coherent ramblings and a broader perspective of Irish culture.