A Donegal artist who co-founded a worldwide photography website has caught the attention of Silicon Republic, Ireland’s leading technology website and the Sunday Business Post.
Daire Irwin (24) from Buncrana and Eddie Johnston (31) from Dundalk set up Lokofoto just over a year ago and it’s already proving a big hit, especially among the thousands of emigrants who have recently left our shores.
Lokofoto is unique in that it provides a ‘photography by location’ collection. Vistors to the site can choose from over 800 landscapes from a beautiful vista in Kerry’s Dingle Peninsula to views of the Aurora Borealis seen from Malin Head in Co. Donegal a few weeks ago, not to mention stunning scenes from across the world.
Daire, an award-winning designer and artist, is thrilled at the response so far. “With so many people leaving Ireland, having a connection or reminder of home has never been so important. Photography has the ability to capture a memory. A beautiful photograph of a person’s homeplace can have a deep emotional resonance with them.
“Collecting a Lokofoto print for your home can be so much more fulfilling than buying a mass produced print and has the added value of helping local photographers further their careers. Through Lokofoto, we want to create the world’s greatest collection of location photography so that people can collect a memory of somewhere they love.”
Fiona Faherty, who recently moved to London to continue her teaching career, talks about what makes her Lokofoto image special to her: “As an Irish person, I take great pride in my culture and identity. I moved to London last year and found that I was looking for people, places and experiences that reminded me of home. I wanted to have a permanent memory of Ireland and found a picture of my home town that I can look at every day. It helps me to feel closer and more connected to Ireland.”
The way Lokofoto works is photographers submit their pictures to the site. Once the images are uploaded, visitors to the site are asked to vote for and curate the images.
Photographers can submit their photos from across the world and identify them by location. Once a sale occurs, photographers receive their share of the sale and Lokofoto handles the printing, shipping and handling. Already, the site features images from Argentina and Malaysia as well as most of Europe.
For more information, visit www.lokofot.com.