Matt Loughrey's My Colorful Past project bridges "the gap between history and art", using digital techniques to add colour to monochrome images. This week, he's looking at this photograph from the Bureau of Military History collection in the Irish Military Archives showing Irish Volunteers Maurice Crowe (Tipperary) and Michael Carolan (Belfast) recovering in the Mater Hospital (April 1920) after the Mountjoy hunger strike had ended.
"My entire project has relatabilty at its core," he says. "It is the one thing which ties all of its subject matter together and enables an alternative perspective. If there were ever an example of relatabilty, then I think this image, in colour, has a greater immediacy and empathy about it for those that see it." It's a quality that's very important to Loughrey as an artist. "Empathy, engagement, a new understanding and a sense of reflection."
Original image courtesy of the Irish Military Archives IE-MA-BMH-CD-208-2-11