Iris of the East is medical student Luke Feighery’s first exhibition of his photography. Luke studied Physiology in Trinity College Dublin and is now a Third-Year Graduate Entry student in Medicine.
The exhibition features a selection of portraits taken over the past three years in Asia; Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and most recently, India.
Luke is intrigued by light: how it falls, how it reflects and how it affects each exposure. Taken with a 100mm macro lens, Luke’s more recent portraits appear to capture every hair in a moustache, every crease in a furrowed brow and, in the sharpest of images, the silhouetted reflection of the photographer in the iris of the eye.
There is a personal story behind each of these photographs - the vigour and pain of Delhi's homeless people, the tranquility of a young Buddhist monk or, as William Osler describes:
“The poetry of the commonplace, of the plain, toil worn woman, with their loves and their joys, their sorrows and their griefs.”