Seeing a different
reality through the lens

Shelley Corcoran
A keen photographer from the age of 12, Shelley Corcoran explains that her love of photography began in secondary school.

A keen photographer from the age of 12, Shelley Corcoran explains that her love of photography began in secondary school.

A student of Meán Scoil Mhuire, Shelley’s teacher at the time, Mrs O’Reilly, had a dark room set up, where students could print and develop photos.

Later, Shelley became Chairperson of the school’s camera club.

“I completely loved it,” she admits.

“People kind of have the notion that photography is reality,” Shelley continues, “It was a bit about fantasy for me.”

“Identity is my main interest when it comes to art,” Shelley explains, adding that the theme of identity is what has directed her exhibitions thus far.

Shelley, who studied Fine Art Photography at Dun Laoghaire College of Art, Design and Technology, is also passing on her love of photography to others.

This is her fourth year teaching photography to local students , a job which she finds very rewarding.

“I do remember what it was like to be that age and discover photography.

“They’re just discovering that photography is not about reality it’s about visual representation,” she adds.

Speaking about her own work, Shelley explains that the process involved in creating a piece is the most important part for her.

“Normally my idea at the start is completely different to the end product.”

“It’s a lot more than the pieces hanging on the wall for me,” Shelley continues, adding that it’s okay if the audience don’t see or know her process, “as long as my work evokes some kind of emotion, response or thought process in the audience”.

To read more about Shelley and her work visit www.visuallongford.ie, a website dedicated to the visual arts in Longford.