Capturing the lives we've left behind.
The scenes of urban and architectural decay that define this photography exude a strange and quiet beauty, but they can be much more thought-provoking than that. They visualize the passage of time and the inevitability of collapse, as well as sparking imaginings of a foregone past and potential futures.
These buildings are now functionally dead, but human presence lives on in every decaying scene and personal effect left behind.
This work also reflects a strong nostalgic desire for 'the way things were', to a time when buildings were constructed with artistry and meaning. Nowadays, new replacing not so old is commonplace and abandoned buildings serve as a reminder of faded lives and shrunken economies.
In many ways the collection of images represents not only the past but the present day, in which our physical environment exists in a state of permanent flux..
The world we live in now.
As land of rugged coastlines, landscapes and iconic city views, Northern Ireland is a photographer’s dream.
Alongside exploring decay Irishmanlost also enjoys showcasing the world as it is now, and features a range of iconic local scenes and some not so well known beauty spots.
These prints are perfect gifts for a loved one, or perfect to jazz up a boring room or wall in your home.
If you cannot visit Northern Ireland, ensure you have a piece of it in your home.
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I was born and educated in Northern Ireland, but spent many years living and working abroad before returning home to settle in Ballycastle. My love for photography developed at an early age when I was given his first camera and instantly showed a natural ability and creative flair for the medium.
My passion for capturing urban decay began over thirteen years ago, after visiting the Harland and Wolff drawing offices during a heritage open day. Frustrated by the restricted public access, it sparked a curiosity to see what lay beyond the red tape and no entry signs. It was then that I began seeking out abandoned buildings as an exploration of Ulster's industrial past, finding entry into some of the most iconic working giants of the last century. Soon my interest had spread beyond the factories of the industrial age and all of my energy and free time was dedicated to researching and locating abandoned structures online.
Over the years I have visited countless factories, workhouses, hospitals, asylums, manor houses and cottages under the pseudonym 'Irishmanlost'. I hope you enjoy viewing my explorations and view of the world around us as it was and as it is now.
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