Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Jennifer O'Dowd 

BA [Hons] Photography

Jennifer is a photographer. Her work explores her experiences in life. She makes what is personal to her universal. She likes to highlight her point of view on her experiences to start a conversation with others. Her work as displayed preserves her experiences of her anxiety and her journey with dyslexia. This projects shows her emotions and what these experiences felt like to her - to help people understand what it is like to experience them and help people ask question about these topics. Her current project is exploring Long Distances Relationships.

Project Description

Title: Fonder Hearts

This project explores Long Distance Relationships through the medium of Printed photography and an audio piece paired with an animation. The photographic work displays the emotions of how it feels like to be in a Long Distances relationship. The feeling of longing and missing and the eventual meeting, touches the reconnection and makes the faith worth it and the reconnection amplifies those feelings. Matched with an audio piece of a one side conversation, where in between the voice, you can hear people’s opinions on Long Distance Relationship with often conflicting point of views. The aim of this project is to create a conversation about Long Distance Relationships and to create a positive point of view or a different one to what the media portrays. To learn that Long Distance Relationships aren’t completely negative, and they can work.

Surrealism and Affect Theory: The representation of women

My Thesis explored the photographic genre of Surrealism and how women are represented. Helping me to achieve my discussion is using the study of emotion (Affect Theory) to the photographs discussed.