"This is Ballinasloe, a sandstone town on the River Suck in the easternmost corner of Galway in Ireland, seen through the eyes of a native" (Ciarán Óg ARNOLD)
"The small book 'I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed. but all I could do was to get drunk again' "(...) is a diary of sorts, following invisible men, down piss alleyways and into empty bars. The photographer accompanies the seekers of oblivion, their lopsided faces caught between ecstasy and apathy, their mouths chasing the numbness of inebriation. (...) Within the rabble, Arnold trails after the cast-offs, invisible men who spend their time in murky corners, choosing to do nothing but drift and drink. Ballinasloe is a mouth; in Irish, mouth of the ford, mouth of the crowds. (...) Over the years, Ballinasloe has become a ghost town, its immobile economy holding back only the indifferent. Its empty clubs are the ordinary voids of an orthodox escapism, the unvarying nightly vocation that is also creeping annihilation. The town is haunted by the absence of those unseeable others, who have also departed – the suicide kids of Charles BUKOWSKI's poem, from which the book’s title is taken." (publisher's note)
About the photographer, Ciarán Óg ARNOLD (b. 1977):
Ciarán Óg ARNOLD is an Irish photographer who studied at the University of Ulster (MFA Photography, 2012). His work was included in ‘An Irish View’ at Rencontres d’Arles in 2009, and featured in Source magazine.
As winner of the 2015 First Book Award, his book was published by MACK, and the work exhibited at Media Space, London. This is ARNOLD's first book.
"Der Titel des kleinen Bandes, 'I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed. but all I could do was to get drunk again', zu übersetzen in etwa so: 'Ich ging in die schlechtesten Bars in der Hoffnung, getötet zu werden; aber das Einzige was ich tun konnte, war wieder betrunken zu sein', stammt aus einem Gedicht von Charles BUKOWSKI." (© Richard G. SPORLEDER)