At the start of the Celtic Tiger, Hugh McElveen photographed Ireland’s upcoming talent for dSIDE magazine as ‘Legends in their Lunchtime’. This series of monthly portraits was one of the publication’s most popular features. The images express the hope and ambitions of Ireland’s talented youth at the dawn of the nation’s greatest economic decade. Now ten years later, McElveen is tracking down as many of the subjects as possible to see where the intervening years have taken them. This collection of images is from the first part of the project.
Hugh McElveen studied Chemistry and Biotechnology before taking up photography as a carreer in 1995. Between 2001 – 2008 he was the lecturer of Evolving Technologies on the BA Photography at IADT. In 2008 he left to found www.exhibitastudios.ie In 2009 he published his first book Connemara: Legend and Landscape which was selected for ‘Great Irish Book Week’. He is currently working on his second book.