Inter-changes: Reflections from Dublin and Beyond

April 29, 2013Elmear Clowry

Launch of Photo Exhibition, Inter-changes: Reflections from Dublin and Beyond
US Fulbright Scholar Dr. Shannon Chance to show new photography collection at the
University of Notre Dame, 58 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

The exhibit is free to attend and will run from May 8th to May 31st, 2013 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. On Thursday, May 16, you can meet the artist between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 22, and Monday, May 27 you can meet the artist between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Artist Statement

We pass through places without really seeing them or even realizing what we see.

My camera and I capture what the eye could see but the mind generally ignores: the fleeting images that inform our understanding of the world without us even realizing they are there.

As an architect, urbanist, and social scientist, I am interested in the “designed” or “intended” form and function of urban spaces as well as their “lived reality” and the overall “sense of place” surrounding each of them.

To say this in another way: the phenomenon of being in a place is comprised of much more than what is designed and built. The experience is also shaped by social and historical contexts, current activity, and people’s shared understand of the place. All these things work together to shape what we perceive as reality.

For me, each shop window becomes a full-length motion picture, revealing layer upon layer of social reality. Every puddle and each car fender provides a kaleidoscope of vibrant images waiting to be discovered. In the blink of an eye or the subtle shift of the lens, a reflection can transform completely.

Colleen Dube, Executive Director of Fulbright Ireland, has graciously assisted in bringing these images to you today. She selected the stories to be told here. Dave Chance, my photographer husband, graciously assisted in producing the exhibition. I am extremely grateful for their guidance and support throughout this project.