A photographer who walked the streets of West Belfast during our scary era, has appeared online to showcase his never seen before work.
In the late 80’s, Sean Patrick Allen was one of the very bravest photo journalists to leave the safety of the Falls Road and enter the high risk housing estates such as Springhill, Ballymurphy and Turf Lodge to capture real life as it happened.
At his Waterford home, Allen has some 4,000 negatives to sift through and upload. His page features daily life, riots, funerals and the most prominent of all – the Milltown Massacre. Even our old favourite street drinker ‘Crazy Horse’ who used to abuse the world and his wife at Springfield corner gets a look in.
Sean is a Falls Road native and moved to the South of Ireland a number of years ago – where he switched his fast paced photography career for the serenity of holistic therapy. He has no interest in returning to corporate media such as Press, PR or Studio work – but does want to get back onto the Irish streets with his camera to see how the country has progressed.
His motto is ‘Capture the present so those in the future can look back at the past’.
Give his page a wee Like to say thanks from the Westies.
Through the power of Facebook (where else do people communicate these days?), he has been in contact with his photography subjects. Sadly some of those people have died by suicide but their friends are there to tell the tale.
Sean has been in discussions with those people to recreate his brilliant images – and guess who’s going along for a nosey….