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June 17, 2020Feature

On 30 April we announced the launch of A New Normal, an open call in partnership with our friends at PhotoIreland and Junior Magazine. This Open Call was created in response to an unprecedented event in any of our life-times. We all became temporarily stuck within our homes and isolated from our friends and family.

We believed that photography is a medium that has the power to transform the banal, the ordinary and even the boring into something worth caring about. We are delighted with the submissions that we received. People from all over the globe were charitable in giving us a glimpse into their new normalities. These photographers found moments of joy and hope in times of boredom and dread. Many showed great inspiration in transforming their environment into magical scenes. The standard of submissions was incredibly high and therefore the process of selection was incredibly difficult.

We are delighted to announce the selected photographers for the New Normal Open Call are:

 

Aisling McCoy

Alexandre Delmar

Andrew Rankin

Billy Woods

Camilla Ferrari

Darragh Kerrigan

Dominic O Brien

Elise Fisher

Elizabeth Rooney

Emilia Rigaud

Kate Schneider

Kerim Aytac

Kety Duran

Leon Gallagher

Lucy Rehill

Monika Dubinkaite

Myles Shelly

Nestan Abdushelishvili

Niamh Smith

Paddy Kiernan

Roisin White

Tristan Hutchinson

Ugo Woatzi

Verity Adriana

Their work is paired with a wonderful piece of poetry by Malaki. We have included a Soundcloud link to a recital of this piece by Malaki himself so you can listen to the poem while you browse. The text of the poem will be available below.

Stay tuned for the release of the print edition of New Normal which will be launching as a TLP Edition in collaboration with PhotoIreland and the Library Project.

Verity Adriana

Dominic O Brien

Paddy Kiernan

Elizabeth Rooney

Emilia Rigaud

Nestan Abdushelishvili

Alexandre Delmar

Alexandre Delmar

Billy Woods

Lucy Rehill

Kate Schneider

Monika Dubinkaite

Roisin White

Myles Shelly

Myles Shelly

Aisling McCoy

Andrew Rankin

Kerim Aytac

Monika Dubinkaite

Verity Adriana

Ugo Woatzi

Darragh Kerrigan

Kety Duran

Leon Gallagher

Tristan Hutchinson

Elise Fisher

Aisling McCoy

Niamh Smith

Camilla Ferrari

Malaki – A New Normal


 

A new dawn, a new day arose

A fools pawn with a slip on soul

Life flicks with a switch and a flint

Dry lips, anxious or at least I’ve been told,

Shit. Repetition as the day unfolds

Repertoire is decisions of a scar that moulds, you.

Sun up, shut up, they told you

This was your way,

A new normal, but that’s another day

Sun retracts as the night unfolds

Summers back but your spine turns cold

“Son relax” through a voice on your phone

Lovers crack through the glass you control

But how do you control when your minds alone.

Same shit, different day

Or is it, some shit that’s gets in your way

Isolated, stay at home, stick to what you know

Reinstated, dark tones, I fiddle through my dome.

Belittled on a velodrome

I cycle on the stone

I like when I’m alone

But my boredom seems to grow

A new normal for some

But for me, it’s all I’ve ever known.

Words: Staff Writer 
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