The ‘Leaving Dublin’ project is an inspired work-in-progress by photographer David Monahan.
Since early 2010 David has been capturing a moment just before Irelands young and talented become voluntary exiles, and set in Dublin at night they make for striking images.
Each background has a particular significance for the subject, and in his own words “the idea is to make a heroic shot, to celebrate the person, to say they’re full of pride, full of dignity, they’re going out to do something, and they’re going to do it well.”
David recognises the differences between this and previous waves of emigration, and at the same time acknowledges that the quest remains the same – the search for a better life. He honours the courage behind the decision, and the fact that moving to a different country can dramatically shape the future lives of those who leave.
Emigration is tinged with all sorts of emotion, the sadness of seeing loved ones go, the anticipation of those who leave – sometimes uncertain, other times full of confidence – and Leaving Dublin reminds us of the intensely personal nature of such a decision.
This project is an important recording of modern Irish history, and it’s a visually artistic masterpiece. David is looking for new participants and if you’re leaving Dublin you can contact him via his blog or viewpage: