Talented Dublin-based photographer Donal Moloney has been busy this festive season shooting the other ‘Doors of Dublin’: Dublin doorways that are home to the homeless. The plight of the homeless is especially poignant during the Christmas period and Donal has produced some striking and empathetic images highlighting the lives of those less fortunate. The photographs make no moral judgements about their predicament – nor do they offer solutions – they just render the invisible, visible.
Thomas and Helen are both travellers. They met two weeks ago shortly after Thomas had been released from prison for being drunken & disorderly. Thomas says: “We just clicked”. . Thomas is 32 but says he feels “60″. He has 6 brothers and 5 sisters. He has been sleeping in the doorway [top] with Helen since his release 2 weeks ago. He has been homeless for 9 years. He expects to serve another short prison sentence in the near future on other charges of being drunken and disorderly. Helen is 25 and was made homeless more recently
Joe is a heroin addict and homeless many years. He has been married twice and has a few kids. As a teenager he moved to New York and became a carpenter. He was a heavy drinker and consumed “3 bottles of whiskey a day”. He loves to read as does his mate John [middle] (20 yards down the street). It takes them “away from the day”.
Donal’s website: http://donalmoloney.com/
I first noticed the powerful portrait work of British photographer, Lee Jeffries, on the image and video hosting site – flickr – last year. I was immediately struck by the humanity of his work and the virtuosity of his craftsmanship. His images render the invisible visible by taking intimate black and white portraits of homeless people in London, Paris, Rome, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Through the sheer force of his talent, his work has come to the attention of the photographic world, and in the process, has brought the plight of the homeless to a wider audience. Which must be very gratifying for Lee – because the latter was his inspiration and aim from the start. Great article from Time Magazine on Lee and his work. Bravo.