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Art and Design / October 3, 2022

Irish monoliths are “Standing Still” at Hen’s Teeth latest photo exhibition

Standing Still Image: @olin_brannigan on Instagram
Art and Design / October 3, 2022

Irish monoliths are “Standing Still” at Hen’s Teeth latest photo exhibition

Words: Ellen Kenny

Olin Brannigan’s photography exhibition “Standing Still” captures the ancient grandeur of Ireland’s rocky landscapes.

Belfast-based photographer Olin Brannigan is bringing a solo exhibition to Hen’s Teeth from October 6 to October 9. “Standing Still” is an exhibition of 12 photographic works featuring the best of Ireland’s neolithic monuments.

Inspired by Olin’s lifelong fascination with Ireland’s rocky heritage, “Standing Still” captures the landscapes that “represent the beginning of us, the beginning of architecture, the beginning of civilisation.”

Olin travelled to Ireland’s best neolithic landmarks, including Breastagh in Mayo and the Ballykeel Dolmen, taking each photo under the cover of night. Each neolithic monument was treated “as a sculpture isolated from their pastoral surroundings” to highlight “the grandeur and majesty of these important sites.”

According to Olin, “each image represents several attempts and the process became a labour of love”, as each photographing process “became as important to the photographer as the final image.”

Olin Brannigan is a professional photographer, and an experienced lighting tech working primarily in stills photography on advertising campaigns & motion picture key art. He’s previously photographed members of Kneecap and Irish boxers such as Tyrone McKenna and Caoimhín Agyarko.

Prints from the show will be available to buy at the launch on October 6 from 18:30. The exhibition will run from 12:00 to 19:00 on October 7 and 8, and will finish up from 12:00 to 17:00 on October 9.

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