Custom House Studios + Gallery are pleased to host a photography exhibition Return To A Changing Tide by John McAleer. Exhibition runs from Thursday, 1st July until Sunday, 25th July 2021.
Return To A Changing Tide
In 2015 my father died, and shortly after I moved from Dublin city back to Westport, a place I hadn’t lived in nearly twenty years. This exhibition of work is a response to how I rediscovered the place I grew up in, the rural corners and liminal spaces of my childhood.
I found a home that was the same but radically different, as was I. The landscape became an extension of my grief and also helped me find a place for me to live and thrive. The anachronistic rituals, the old ancient land that lay in the shadow of a holy mountain resonated with me and pulled me from my urban reverie and into the wild natural ways.
I returned a changed man, renewed and refreshed by the land of my youth. From death, a new life was born, I understood the draoicht surrounding me, it was the land and the people of Westport.
John McAleer is a photographer based in Westport, Co. Mayo. He has exhibited extensively across the country with his first book Fight Night published in 2016. His latest exhibition is due to be released as a major book later this year.