Matt Loughrey's My Colorful Past project bridges "the gap between history and art", bringing colour to monochrome images. This week he turns his attention to this iconic photograph of Terence MacSwiney from from the Cashman Collection in the RTE Photographic Archive. 

Working on portraits is something Loughrey finds very rewarding. "Looking into the faces of people for extended periods of time is a self reflective exercise," he says. "Questions are raised about past, present and indeed future. I always tell myself that this is the relatabilty aspect of the craft at work and I would like to think it is the same for others who view it."