Photograph by Emma Jervis
Rohan Reilly is a self-taught photographer and fine art gallery owner based in Cork, Ireland. Formerly a record label owner, producer, and DJ, Rohan lived in Barcelona, Spain for several years. Inspired by the historic art and architectural scenes, he developed a fascination for the works of Calatrava and Gaudi and soon after took to his craft.
Rohan’s initial work focused on the architecture of the city, but he quickly began to focus on the abstract landscape of the Catalonian coast and Cadaques, a remote fishing village on the Costa Brava coast.
Influenced by the work of English photographer Michael Kenna and Japanese minimalist artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, Reilly was also inspired by the music he produced and created as a DJ.
Music was a catalyst for his work with images that reflect the control of a composer who creates simple uncluttered compositions, reducing a scene to the essential elements and drawing the viewer in to the textures, tones, and composition.
“The music that inspired me was quite often very sparse and atmospheric with lots of depth. I made a conscious decision to draw connections between these images and the music I listened to and played: this relationship helped me develop my photographic style.”
Reilly uses long exposures to draw out the essential elements of a scene. His images are enigmatic and compelling, inviting us into a monochromatic world of clean lines and powerful shapes.
Reilly’s work focuses on the sky and sea as elements forming a blank canvas that impart moods of serenity, solitude, melanchol and hope. There is a simplicity and wonder when combined with long exposures, particularly scenes that reflect inclement weather using fog, rain, snow, and flooded terrains to draw out these elements, creating a perspective and mood that is deeply introspective.
In 2013 Rohan travelled to Japan to photograph the unique and minimalist images of the Japanese countryside.
He also developed an appreciation for Zen philosophy and the aesthetics of Wabi Sabi.
His work became more minimal and abstract as he discovered Japanese influences while utilizing the form, shapes, and lines that he had observed in the architecture in Barcelona.
Rohan has received awards from many prestigious organizations including The Prix De La Photographie in Paris, International Photography Awards, Grand Prix de la Decouverte, UK Landscape Photographer of the Year, and Black and White Spider Awards.
He exhibits regularly in Ireland and has been published in magazines and newspapers including The Irish Sunday Times, The Independent, Photography Week, and Dodho Magazine.
When not running his gallery he photographs and teaches popular photography workshops across Ireland and Europe.
Awards / Publications
Jan 2017 - 3rd place winner in Monochrome Photography awards in Fine Art and 3 Honourable mentions in Nature and Abstract categories
Sept 2016 - 1st place winner in International Photography awards in Panoramic and 3 Honorable mentions in Nature and Architecture categories
July 2015 - Bronze Medal and 5 Honourable mentions in The Prix De La Photographie, Paris
in Landscape, Fine art and Architecture categories
Sept 2014 - 2 Honourable mentions in International Photography awards in Fine Art Landscape and Panoramic categories
Sept 2014 1 Honourable mention and 2 Nominations in the Black and White Spider Awards
Sept 2013 - 3 Honourable Mentions in The International Photography Awards with three series in the Professional Landscape and Panoramic sections
Oct 2012 - Commended in The Landscape Photographer of the year
Sept 2012 - 4 Honourable Mentions in The International Photography Awards and IPA Country Pick Award
Sept 2012 - International Fine Art Photography Awards (Grand prix de la Decouverte)- Two Jurors award of merit in the Abstract and Landscape categories
2016 - Irish Light Exhibition - Joint show- 15 09 16 - 06 10 16 @ CHQ Building, IFSC, Dublin 1
2015 - West Cork Creates Exhibition, Joint show with Sculptor Helen Walsh August - Sept.
2014 - Encore!- A winter exhibition at The Copper House Gallery
2014 - West Cork Creates Exhibition, August - Sept - Skibbereen
2014 - Jan - 21 Feb. Copper House Gallery Dublin
2014 - Chez Youen, June - Aug Baltimore
2013 - York Railway Museum England as Part of the Landscape
photographer of the year Exhibition
2013 - Chez Youen June - August - Baltimore
2012 - Christmas Print Exhibition at The Copper House Gallery,
Dublin Nov 2012 - Jan 2013
2012 - July / August The Glebe Gallery, Baltimore
Apr2016 - Photography Week Magazine, Uk and worldwide issue 187
Sept 2015 - Photography Week Magazine, Uk and worldwide issue 154
July 2015 - Front Cover Photography Week Magazine, Uk and worldwide. Issue 143
June 2015 - Dodho Magazine Feature on Japan works, Barcelona.
Aug2014 - The Independent. Ireland.
Jan 2014 - Italian Ways Magazine feature on works from Venice.
Sept 2013 - Featured in Dodho Magazine, Barcelona.
July2013 - Photography Week Magazine, UK and worldwide.
Oct2012 - Plus One Magazine
Sept 2012 - Sunday Times Magazine and Landscape Photographer of the year, Irl and UK.