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Beneath | Beofhód
Shane Hynan

Beneath / Beofhód, Shane Hynan

Beneath / Beofhód, Shane HynanBeneath | Beofhód
Shane Hynan

Designed by Ángel Luis González Fernández.


Edition of 200
32 pages
148 × 210 mm
ISBN Not Available


Within their subterranean layers, bogs hold remarkable preservative qualities, with the power to absorb and reveal the past in material form. Beofhód, an Irish word translating as ‘life beneath the sod’, allows the motif of extraction on bogs, to be reimagined as an archaeology of knowledge, memory, and legacy.

Beneath / Beofhód is an ongoing photographic series examining the degraded raised bogs of the Irish midlands. Peat extraction and turf-cutting are integral to the cultural identity of the region. However, these activities have also led to significant depletion. Legitimate environmental concerns have resulted in pressure to preserve the remaining peat bogs, heralding significant change for affected communities. Although the benefits of preservation are well documented, the human cost is not.

This series documents the decline of Irelands working relationship with bogs and contemplates what our modern landscapes say about us.

About The Artist
Shane Hynan is an artist and photographer based in County Kildare, Ireland. In 2019, he completed an MFA in Photography at Ulster University. Previously he had a career in structural engineering design and construction. He currently works full time developing his visual arts practice.

About the Series
TLP Editions are an ongoing collection of contemporary photographic projects in the form of accessible and inexpensive publications by PhotoIreland. These A5 sized booklets present a standard format throughout the series, with 36 pages each, a cover with a text block of under 140 words that introduces the project, and the title and the artist name only available on the contra cover. The project creates a node of opportunities as it allows photographers to enter the publishing arena, while facilitating access to contemporary artistic practices to the general public.

About the Publisher
Founded in 2009, PhotoIreland was conceived as an organisation that would stimulate a dialogue around Photography in Ireland by developing a varied array of initiatives and events with a strong participative approach.

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