The Tenements, as seen on TV3 by Dominic Lee
Our photo shoot took us to one of the Tenement buildings in Dublin’s Henrietta Street last month to photograph the Winston family. The shoot was commissioned by TV production company; Big Mountain for a new series called “The Tenements”. The series is presented by Bryan Murray and starts tonight on TV3 at 9:30pm. The four part documentary takes families back in time to discover their ancestors living conditions. Bryan uses the 1911 census of No 7 Henrietta St to depict the history of the overcrowded, harsh living conditions in the Dublin slums. The research advisers behind the program are lead by Catriona Crowe, Senior Archivist at the National Archives of Ireland and Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish history at the University College Dublin.
When we arrived at the Tenements we were a little overwhemled by the massive rooms and high ceilings. One couldn’t help but wonder how they were able to heat such a vast area. As a photographer, you sometimes arrive at a venue and have difficultly figuring out what to do with your subjects due to various limitations. Not on this occasion! You immediately sense the grandeur of this building, the rooms are adorned with oil paintings, statues, artefacts, mirrors and ornate furnishings. It was of course at one time the dwelling of the elite, taken over by the local authority to house the working class during Irelands independence. The high ceilings and beautiful natural light flowing through the rooms with all its faded glory was the perfect setting for our photography.
The Tenements starts tonight 3rd August 2011 at 9:30pm.