Swan Song

Kieran McMullan communicates feelings of presence, melancholy and elegance in a series of black and white photographs of his girlfriend

Words by Kieran McMullan

Concerned with a discourse between sitter and subject, I have explored how presence can affect action. It is through photographing my girlfriend that I hope to communicate feelings of presence, melancholy, and elegance.

According to folklore, the first and last noise a swan makes during its lifetime is momentarily before death. It is this quiet elegance and stillness that I've endeavoured to capture.

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