In January 2013, I was deeply unsatisfied and uninspired by my seemingly dull and small-minded home town located in the Irish south-west. I felt like there was nothing there for me and I was making plans to move to Scotland to study. I decided to start documenting my surroundings with 35mm colour negative, which at the time was something I did not understand or appreciate. The results surprised me as I found that there was indeed colour and beauty around me. I started to see the things around me in a new way. I slowly began to understand colour photography, and colours and light became prominent in my everyday life.
The title of the project comes from Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh's poem 'The Hospital'. The Hospital was written after the poet's stint with a life threatening illness. The illness and his time in the hospital marked a significant change in his life. His perspective shifted from being bleak, cynical and negative to something which can only described as bright, lifted, inspired and interested. Although our experiences were very different, I feel like the outcome was similar.
An edit of this work was exhibited in Cork, Ireland in mid 2013 with the title 'So Far Untitled' and alongside a quote from Kavanagh's poem:
"The inexhaustible adventure of a gravelled yard."
Since I have re-visited and re-edited the project, the title 'The Gravelled Yard' seems to be the only one that fits. Although it is on-going, this is the resolved edit for this stage of the project.