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Harry Moore and Malcolm McClay
The Tale of Two Cities:
New Orleans, Louisiana, and Cork, Ireland.                                      click on any image for enlargement

Harry Moore's Statement

The Pinhole images of Cork are of a city built in response to the flow and ebb of water. A city as defined by the power of water as it is by the industry of it's inhabitants.

In 2006 Malcolm McClay approached me with the idea of collaborating in an exhibition "A Tale of Two Cities" in which each of us could address the effects of water on our home towns, in his case, the reaction to the aftermath of Katrina, but uniquely choosing not to highlight the negative, but to applaud the positive, the enduring human spirit.

 The similarities between Cork and New Orleans do exist. Both Cities hug a river which was a pivotal feature in their origin and development. Cork is subject to flooding, not as dramatically as the 2005 flooding of New Orleans, but should future development in Cork not be responsive, the potential for drastic flooding will be increased substantially.  Property developers need to heed climate change predictions  and consider the whole of society, local and elsewhere, before covering the land with icons of their own power and self importance.

Parliament Bridge '03
Harry Moore
Parliament Bridge
Cork, Ireland 2003
Clarke's Bridge, low tide
Harry Moore
Clarkes Bridge, low tide
Cork, Ireland

Nano Nagel Bridge 2002
Harry Moore
Nano Nagel Bridge,
Cork, Ireland 2002

I chose to photograph the bridges of Cork during the low tides. The bridge is a neutral area, no man's land, a point of not belonging to either side, a symbol of connectivity, prominent in the City, and always above the water. The visible tide lines of the river Lee ( the rise and fall can range to over 12 feet),  are deliberately often above the height of the position of the camera. The process of taking the pictures during the greyest and wettest summer on record required me to take advantage of any rare sunshine in conjunction with a low tide; where possible gain access to the river bed, and with the long exposure times that dissolved trace of human presence, record the image.

After my visit to New Orleans in February 2008, and witnessing the tide lines on the houses, the eerie lack of re-occupation of certain suburbs, as well as the dramatic resilience in those who have chosen to stay and rebuild their community and city, I wanted to make images that relate in some sense to that city whilst existing in a different city on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.


Review of the Show

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Parnel  Bridge
Harry Moore
Parnel Bridge,
Cork, Ireland
St. Patrick's Bridge 2002
Harry Moore
St. Patrick's Bridge,
Cork, Ireland 2002
St. Vincent's Bridge 2001
Harry Moore
St. Vincent's Bridge,
Cork, Ireland 2001