Kieran McMullan recently got in touch with us to show his work, 'Rural Ties'. A documentary series depicting a young boy adapting to living in the countryside after moving from a city. The protagonist is Kieran’s youngest brother Tom, a series of images that started from Kieran’s feelings that he needed to document his close family.
Leaving no stone unturned, Kieran photographs all the the “eccentricities, the emotions and undertakings” of his little brother with a complete understanding of his character. Tom appears and at ease whilst being the focus of Kieran’s 'chronicling' of his life and adaptation to change.
Hit the jump to check out the rest of his series.
“The series derived from an idea (a need) of documenting a close family member, one where a positive and dynamic connection is apparent - within the imagery, sentimentality is present, but there is also an emotional distance, this distance (although deliberate) acts as the aesthetic space the viewer can ponder on their own feelings towards the images - this series is a true account from someone who pays attention to my brother’s life.”
Drawing inspiration from the New Topographical photographers, Kieran echoes their ‘matter of factness” in his photographic work, allowing the viewer to draw their own conclusions. Kieran is drawn to photographic work that ignites compassion in himself, something he is able to relate to or emphasise with. Being drawn to the ‘mundane’ aspects of the world, Kieran elevates them and gives them status by photographing them, arguably no longer mundane.