Donal Kelly is from Galway, Ireland.

He takes photographs. Not all the time. Sometimes. Somedays.

He likes textures, light, slices of whatever’s flowing. Sometimes it seems to make sense. Somedays.

He has a lot of photographs of Connemara and Galway. Maybe by choice, maybe by circumstance. Pretentious by choice, maybe by circumstance. Needs must. He stares at raggedy coastlines, reeded lakeshores, atlantic islands: edges, protrusions, natural frames, geographical oddities.

He develops film at home very slowly and scans it even more slowly. He likes its physicality, its possibility, organic realness. Possibly. Clear as mud. Or he likes textures of surfaces and how everything is a surface, and how they blur and distort. He struggles to keep them organised and there are many failures. He wonders if there is primitive behavioural psychology at play.

He wonders if these unintended effects, these failures and puncturings, are important, perhaps even if only to prime the inconsistent rewards that make everything from slot machines and social media compulsive.

He likes to watch what is transient and made of change. It can feel like an effort to subvert human vision and its seeming clarity. Or it can record the tonal flow of time. wHaT dOeS nOt DiSsOlVe?

He likes to revisit places, doing laps, scratching layers of surface and finding more and more. Onion routing. Matryoshka dolls.

He tries to write short stories but they are hard to finish, even the shortest ones. He feels that it is difficult to establish a voice. When he revisits old ones they seem like they belong to someone else. He feels that he can always tinker some more, that no sentence is really solid and finished. Maybe it is the same with photos?

He likes to use a Hasselblad medium format camera. Yay for endless arguments about gear. Or endless arguments about how it’s not about the gear.

He likes expired film and multiple exposures. He is not sure he has ever caught a pure decisive moment, or if they really exist.

He has photographed some weddings, and created an album for each one. It was very slow.

He would like to explore more regions and ideas,

the pastness of nows,

the self as accumulation,

the negation of landscape as symbol by manufactured culture

to think


muse or pretend to muse on the nature of failure

float along in the ongoing crisis of existence, alien in language of wokeness and optimisation, physical cliche, artefact, xyz coordinates.

All work on this site belongs to Donal Kelly and should not be used without permission