Paul Gaffney is a Dublin based photographer who strives to use photography as a means of challenging his own understanding and perception of the world. He recently completed his MFA in Photography at the University of Ulster in Belfast. His current project We Make the Path by Walking has been shortlisted for the European Publishers Award for Photography and won the Johnsons Photopia Award at this year’s Format festival. His work has been exhibited in numerous locations throughout Ireland and the UK, most notably Host Gallery (London), Third Floor Gallery (Cardiff) and the Gallery of Photography (Dublin).
We Make the Path by Walking
Over the past year I have walked over 3,500 kilometers with the aim of creating a body of work which explores the idea of walking as a form of meditation. My intention has been to create a series of quiet, meditative images, which would evoke the experience of being immersed in nature and capture the essence of what has turned out to be quite a spiritual journey. I wanted my images to engage the viewer in this walk, and to communicate a sense of the subtle internal and psychological changes which one may undergo while negotiating the landscape.