Photography Exhibition by Susan Sweeney

Clare O'Beara
3 min readFeb 3, 2021

A year ago the Journalism Society was among those who were invited to attend the opening of DBS lecturer Susan Sweeney’s photography exhibition.

Lea Lair and Thomas Lyster at the opening of the art exhibition. Photo: Clare O’Beara.

Susan had invited friends in the arts to compose short poems about some of the artworks, and these were each read at the opening, which created an interactive and involving atmosphere. The title of the collection was Ekphrasis2020. According to Oxford Languages, this is “the use of detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device.”

Susan Sweeney receives congratulations. Photo: Clare O’Beara.

“Ekphrasis — the use of detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device.”

Oxford Languages

We circulated, met friends, made friends, and sampled the wine and nibbles. A wide variety of age groups attended, from students to seniors. Many DBS students and lecturers were among the guests enjoying the evening.

Guests and art. Photo: Clare O’Beara.

The location was the Copper House Gallery, a converted building neatly located down a few Dublin city centre side streets; the useful Google Maps brought me there that evening.

Guests view art by Susan Sweeney. Photo: Clare O’Beara.

Susan’s photos were in sets of separate themes, and my favourites showed Bull Island, a north Dublin coastal amenity and wildlife reserve. In one, the photographer was imitating a bull, while in others we saw locals going about their lives. The colours were vivid and memorable.

Bull Island by Susan Sweeney. Photo: Clare O’Beara.
Bull Island and Poolbeg chimneys by Susan Sweeney. Photo: Clare O’Beara.

In her speech, Susan thanked all her friends who helped make the evening so successful, and encouraged us all to find new challenges and achieve more than we ever expected. We wish her more of the same in return.

Artist Susan Sweeney among the guests enjoying the poetry. Photo: Clare O’Beara.

To see the original and much better versions of the photos, contact the artist, who can be found on Linked In.

Art by Susan Sweeney. Photo: Clare O’Beara.

Originally published at http://insidedbs.wordpress.com on February 3, 2021.

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Clare O'Beara

Environmental journalist, tree surgeon and expert witness, and former national standard showjumper. Author of 19 books of crime, science fiction, YA fiction.