Enda Bowe is an Irish photographer currently living and working in London. Heavily influenced by artists like writer John McGahern, poet John Glenday, and directors Lynne Ramsey, Ken Loach and Lenny Abrahamson, his artistic approach revolves around visual storytelling, meanwhile capturing the essence of light and beauty in the mundane everyday life.
Presented project below, titled At Mirrored River, received international recognition and was self published with the support of Victoria & Albert Museum, Oscar nominated directors Ken Loach and Lenny Abrahamson, and writer Colm Toibín. The whole body of work revolves around an elementary, but very sensitive thread of thought. The artist was deeply inspired by the Gaelic word “Teannalach”, meaning awareness.
“In particular, it is awareness of that which is intangible and hushed; of being aware of the quietness and presence of people and the spaces they inhabit.” described the artist. At Mirrored River is placed in one small town, however it does not revolve around just that particular one, but it is rather a collective visual wording on these similar places across the world. “I wanted to look at the ordinary every day spaces we inhabit and our ordinary daily lives because for me, the ordinary is where all the of the universal beauty, magic and possibilities lye.” he explained his approach to the series.
Enda Bowe sought to capture the “Teannalach” of a small industrial town, while after time realizing, that the project became less about the location and more about the feelings of the residents occupying it. The project delicately poses the questions of self-awareness, and shines light on the dreams and desires we project towards others. The artist digs to the core of the mundane things and carefully highlights the extraordinary. The feelings of hope and optimism are visually manifested throughout the whole series.