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Belfast, Northern Ireland 

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Photography workshops

My 1 Day ‘Photographer’s Eye’ workshop is ideal for those who want to get the most from their Digital SLR camera. [Find Out More]

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“There's a line in The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, by Sterne, where he says, more or less, ‘Are we doomed to become like monks, forever parading the relics of our religion without ever performing one miracle with them?’ [...] and that is what happens when one forgets that that is the whole point, to say something, to work miracles.”
(Paul Graham,1996)

Tim Doak (b. 1975), initially inspired by Victor Sloan, more latterly studying under the tutelage of Paul Seawright, graduated in 2011 with a Master of Fine Art degree in Photography from the University of Ulster, Belfast. The Paul Graham quote above has inspired him to consider more fully how photography might be used to visually expand understanding of faith - both as a tool for personal growth and to nudge others to consider the ideas of religion, believing, as did the poet T.S. Elliot, that he is “not supposed to preach a theological system [...], but expose the reader to the ideas of religion, [...] what it feels like to believe that religion.”

WORK

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

MCAC (Portadown, UK), Look At Me Now And Here I Am, 6th October - 24th November 2012

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Calvary Christian Centre (Belfast, Ire), Art & Faith, 21st September 2012 (Culture Night)
Burren College of Art (Ballyvaughan, Ire), Familiar Spaces, October - November 2011 [read review]
Aperture Foundation (New York, USA), What Matters Now - Public Wall, September 2011
Farmleigh Gallery (Dublin, Ire), RDS Student Art Awards, August - October 2011
Fresh Claim Gallery (Belfast, UK), Close To Home, August 2011
RDS Concert Hall (Dublin, Ire), RDS Student Art Awards, July 2011
South Studios (Dublin, Ire), Close To Home, July 2011
University of Ulster (Belfast, UK), MFA Photography Degree Show, June 2011
MCAC (Portadown, UK), Other Perspectives, January - March 2011
Red Barn Gallery (Belfast, UK), We Are Belfast, June 2010
Mill Street Studios (Dublin, Ire), For The Love Of God, July 2009
MCAC (Portadown, UK), A Sense of Place, 2009
County Museum (Dundalk, Ire), Perceptions, 2008

Online Galleries & Interviews

Source: Graduate Photography Online
"This is a very moving body of work that delicately deals with the process of mourning. For one year, Tim Doak documented the life of Jason Smyth, who, after the death of his wife, built a pigeon loft on the roof of his local church. The loss and loneliness that has enveloped Jason's life is palpable in the images yet there is also a sense of hope and calm determination to carry on." Stefanie Braun, Senior Curator, The Photographers' Gallery London
feature shoot
"As the relationship with Jason developed, we began to spend more time together and began to trust each other more – we both became more open and vulnerable with each other. It’s interesting, it was definitely a two way process. He began to share his life with me and I began to do the same with him. Often we would spend hours talking. Talking about the weather, pigeons, life, faith, death…" Tim Doak
Pictures of Lily
fotofolios

ARTIST LECTURES & WORKSHOPS

Millennium Court Arts Centre (Portadown, UK): WORKSHOP: 1 Day Photography Course, 3rd November 2012
Forfey Festival (Forfey Farm, UK), WORKSHOP: Artist in Residence, 3rd-4th August 2012
Millennium Court Arts Centre (Portadown, UK): WORKSHOP: 1 Day Photography Course, 26th November 2011
Sallynoggin College (Dublin, Ire), LECTURE: Own Work - Beautiful Dawn, 7th October 2011
Belfast Photo Festival (Belfast, UK), LECTURE: Show & Tell - Beautiful Dawn, 12th August 2011
Belfast Photo Festival (Belfast, UK), LECTURE: Paper Talks - Faith in Photography, 12th August 2011
Forfey Festival (Forfey Farm, UK), WORKSHOP: "My Forfey" Photo Project, 5th-7th August 2011
Eastern European Bible College (Oradea, Romania), WORKSHOP: 3 Day Photography Course, 7th-9th July 2011
Blick Shared Studios (Belfast, UK), LECTURE: Own Work - Beautiful Dawn, 19th March 2011
University of Ulster (Belfast, UK), LECTURE: Own Work - Beautiful Dawn, 24th February 2011

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Art in Photography, University of Ulster (Belfast, UK), 2011
1st Class BA (Hons) Creative Imaging, University of Huddersfield (Huddersfield, UK), 2006
HND Photography and Digital Imaging, Upper Bann Institute (Lurgan, UK), 2004

Employment

International Humanitarian Documentary Photographer (Freelance), 2012 - Present

WRITINGS

Faith in Photography; To Say Something, To Work Miracles? (2011)
What is My Story? /Inspired To Create/ (2009)