water towers of ireland by jamie young
water towers of ireland by jamie young water towers of ireland by jamie young
dec 29, 2012
water towers of ireland by jamie young

‘water towers of ireland’ by jamie young
bawndaw, 2010



‘water towers of ireland’ is an ongoing research project initiated by photographer jamie young. the project began with an urge to draw
people closer to these objects which seem to permanently sit on the horizon, and it quickly grew into an obsession. part inventory,
part photographic essay and part history, the work now includes maps, anecdotes, drawings, polaroids, large prints and a series of exhibitions.


exploring water towers through photography, the images of bernd and hill becher quickly come to mind. the bechers’ studies of industrial
typologies were strictly documentary in nature and were often exhibited by type, laid out in grids. each piece of industrial architecture was
photographed in black and white, in flat light and in isolation of its surroundings. this approach meant that similar forms of structure could
be easily compared, while also leaving them devoid of their individual character. stepping away from the hard documentary style of the
bechers’ series, young’s images look to give an emotive value to these objects, these erratics of our everyday landscape. his photographs
convey their personalities and act as portraits, while accounting for a lack of uniformity in scale, surroundings and weather conditions.



callan #01, 2010



castlemoyle, 2010



garranejames, 2012



kildalton, 2010



ringville 2012



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