Donal Kelly is from Galway, Ireland.

He works with film and digital photography.

He likes to explore textures, light, life, and cutting slices of passing moment to be seen in other passing moments.

He has a lot of photographs of Connemara and Galway. He likes coastlines, lakeshores, islands: edges and protrusions, natural frames, geographical oddities.

He develops film at home very slowly and scans it. He likes how it has physicality and takes time. He likes the textures of surfaces and how they blur and distort. He struggles to keep them organised. There are many failures.

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

He likes to photograph movement, transience, 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 in different conditions, doing laps of a course and trying to see something different each time, scratching layers of surface and finding more.

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 likes to use a Hasselblad medium format camera. Sometimes it jams. He uses mostly Ilford film but also Kodak, Fuji, Rollei. Basically anything he can find. He almost always uses Rodinal as a developer because he knows the amounts off by heart and it doesn’t go off. He has had many issues with speckling, mottling, stains. It is an imperfect way.

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 a bunch of weddings, and created a photobook 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 on the nature of failure

float along in the ongoing crisis of existence

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

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