Watch the Birdie
Much of my spare time these days is spent working on personal projects. It keeps me match fit for the paid work.
I was on a commercial shoot in rural Ireland recently. When we had finished I got chatting to a local in a bar about my love for abandoned and decayed buildings. He told me about an old house in the area once owned by a librarian named ‘Birdie’.
Birdie Higgins moved out of this house 14 years ago and went to live in a retirement home. Time almost seems to have stood still since her leaving and me arriving.
She died 3 years ago at the age of 94.
A number of publications in both the US and Italy wrote about the project. http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2014/04/07/foto/la_casa_di_birdie_dove_il_tempo_si_fermato-82956669/1/#1 http://www.featureshoot.com/2014/04/birdie-left-house-irish-photographer-donal-moloney/
The homelessness project is still on the move and I’ve now got into the habit of also doing some video with each individual I meet. I have quite a number shot and I’ll have to get a good editor to put it all nicely together. Here’s one very rough edit I’ve attempted to do myself http://vimeo.com/90159673
Martin is still doing his thing and I visit him regularly. I still take him out for the day on an odd occasion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMV4Me8FZiw&list=UUeTTjbaipHvKwNNI75Pelsw He had spoken about moving on to tour Ireland by foot but happily he’s in good health and still cosy under the bridge.