An upcoming photography exhibition from award-winning Irish filmmaker Shaun O Connor presents a stunning new look at India. From widescreen vistas to intimate portraits, ‘Personal Space: Travels In India’  is this incredible country as you’ve never seen it before — and all shot on a mobile phone.

‘Personal Space: Travels In India’ launches at 5pm Wed 4th October in St. Peters, North Main St Cork and continues until 30th October.

The exhibition, shot entirely on a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone, chronicles five months’ solo travel from the end of 2016 to mid-2017. Shaun flew into in Mumbai and made his way down through Goa and Karnataka, continuing through Kerala to the very southern tip of India. From there he travelled via rail to Madurai and Chennai and made the epic coastal train journey to Kolkata. He explored the cities of the north (Delhi, Agra, Varanasi) and soaked up the the Buddhist influence of Darjeeling and Dharmshala. Finally, Rajasthan offered a taste of Northwest India in 40+ degree heat where Shaun spent his remaining time in the Golden Triangle of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur..

Travelling in India was an incredible experience,” says Shaun. “The colour, climate and geography make it a photographer’s dream and the candid, outspoken nature of the people means that nobody shies away from the camera. I was constantly shooting on my phone and took over 4,000 photos. The shots I posted online while travelling got an extremely positive reaction and this inspired me to put together the exhibition when I returned home.”

“For me, one of the most fascinating aspect of the country was the contrast between its geographical vastness and the intense, claustrophobic atmosphere of the cities. With this exhibition I have tried to capture some of this essence and convey the colour, beauty, frustrations and joys of travelling in India.”


Originally from Kerry, Shaun is an award-winning filmmaker who lives and works in Cork city. He studied Multimedia at CIT and Film Studies at UCC. His films have won awards at various festivals, including the DC Shorts Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Fastnet Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival and Irish Music Television Awards. Shaun has directed various content for RTE, including Republic of Telly and ‘(R)onanism’ for the Storyland initiative, produced by the Oscar-winning Fantastic Films. He has also directed work for major corporate clients including Lidl and Concern. Shaun will direct the Irish Film Board funded short film ‘Mary’ in early 2018.
‘Personal Space’ is his first photography exhibition.

Sample Photographs

Dropbox Links to Hi-Res versions included
PNG, 3k+ Size, 300 DPI

Personal Space - Travels In India
Personal Space - Travels In India
Personal Space - Travels In India

Young girl hanging out by a construction site, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Personal Space - Travels In India

Guru meditating in the forest near Sweetwater Lake, Arambol, Goa

Personal Space - Travels In India

Makeup is applied to a dancer before a performance of Kathakali (traditional Kerala dance) in Kochi, Kerala.

Personal Space - Travels In India

Mother and Daughter having afternoon chats in Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Personal Space - Travels In India

Walking up to Hanuman Temple, Anjaneya Hill, Hampi, Karnataka.

Personal Space - Travels In India

Waiting for the train on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Tamil Nadu.

Exhibition Posters
Created by BLAM Design

Portraits of Shaun O Connor
Photo Credit: Karthick Ramasamy