Where We Are


Where we are is a social project and series of products. Undertaken as a year long project with the title — A year long look at modern Ireland. The project was in part inspired by the wealth of photography talent we saw using Ireland as a subject, and partly in response to the very narrow view or modern Ireland as seen through the lens of politics and mainstream media.

Each month a project from a different photographer was published as a small book, and online. The projects were curated to show many different viewpoints, perspectives, people and places as well as styles and approaches of the photographers, building over time to present a wider story.

The books were designed to prioritise the visual elements. A lot has been said, reported and written about Ireland in the last 5 years. Soundbites, headlines, rhetoric. A single phrase sums it up — ‘We are where we are’. A political phrase that starts where it ends, making it the perfect metaphor for talking in circles. Our hope being that by looking, not talking, we might get a better sense of where we are.

Full sets of the books are now housed in both the Irish and British national libraries as well as individual books being sold online and in small independent bookshops across europe.

Designed by Scott Burnett, Brian Heffernan, Kevin Horan at Aad

Jill Quigley — Photography
Alison McDonnell — Photography
Dave Greene — Photography
Linda Brownlee — Photography
Kim Cunningham — Photography
Lorcan Finnegan — Photography
Rich Gilligan — Photography
Robert Ellis — Photography
Mike O'Toole — Photography
Ciarán Óg Arnold — Photography
Gráinne Quinlan — Photography
Steve Ryan — Photography

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