Dear New York - visual exhibition
Dear New York is a visual exhibition exploring the urban life and colour of New York City. It follows on from a short film I released last year of the same name. I spent most of 2016 in New York and during that time I took myself and my cameras out and about, walking for hours and hours a day for weeks on end, trying to capture the feeling I had when I wandered alone in this city. This feeling of been visually overwhelmed yet totally captivated. Every building, every street corner, every doorway seemed to tell a story. This exhibition is the not only my perspective of this incredible place but a meditation in what it means to slow down and observe in the chaos of a modern city. New York is a city that does not conform. It never goes dark. It is ever changing. It is a city of extremes. On your best day there is nowhere else I would rather be, on a bad day there is no place worse. However, one thing's for sure, every time you leave, you cannot wait to get right back in.
Brian Benjamin Dwyer is a filmmaker, photographer, musician and theatre maker from Cork. Over the past number of years, he has lived & worked in London, New York, Dublin, and Normandy, France. He runs his own production company Madra Mór Productions and has also worked with larger companies such as the BBC, The National Theatre, London, and the UK's largest immersive theatre company, Punchdrunk. His short films have been screened in film festivals throughout the world including Raindance, London Short Film Festival and The Chicago Irish Film Festival. He has created music videos for some of Ireland's leading musicians and bands. Every July he teaches the film course at the Berridge Theatre and Film programs located at the historic Chateau le Mont Epinguet in Normandy, France. His latest theatre show (debut directing/writing) - 'We Lived In Cities' - was nominated for a 'Spirit Of The Festival' award at the Dublin Fringe Festival and played to a sold out Triskel Art Centre as part of The Cork Film Festival. Dear New York is his first solo photography exhibition.