FIFTEEN - SEVEN
I met my great friend Daragh Sheridan for the first time in 2011 in the Institute of Sport. At our first meeting he trusted me to make a body of work that would be become ‘The Road’. This portrait of double Paralympic champion Mark Rohan is part of the work. Mark is simply one of the most remarkable men I’ve ever met. Working with Mark and all the other Irish Olympians for this project and being guided by the world class approach of Daragh Sheridan and Gary Keegan opened new horizons for me. I learned so much on this project.
To my great honour this portrait was selected by the OPW as part of the Portraits Of a Nation exhibition. The exhibition featured 82 portraits by 54 artists and spanned five centuries. It sits in the State Art Collection alongside all of the portraits in ‘The Road’. #fifteen#markrohan#patrickbolger#portraitphotography#ireland
FIFTEEN - SIX
This is one of the most important portraits I’ve ever made. It was my first time meeting and photographing Tom Murphy. Tom would graciously accept my request to be the first participant in my Witness project and my great regret is that he passed away before the work was finished. I genuinely loved my conversations with Tom and I treasure those memories. I hope that when Witness is published it will honour his imagination and his kindness. He was unique and brilliant. I was proud to know him. #fifteen#tommurphy#patrickbolger#portraitphotography
FIFTEEN - FIVE
By 2009 although I was doing a lot of PR photography I was always looking for an opportunity to make portraits. This is an unused portrait of Henry Shefflin from a PR job for Diageo. #fifteen#patrickbolger#henryshefflin