9 December 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

Every once in a while a story comes along that is so thought provoking that it blows you away. That is exactly the sort of impact the Signs of Life exhibition, that was launched last Friday evening in Monaghan County Museum, has on the viewer.
This exhibition is definitely worth a look, but act fast because it only runs in Monaghan until this Saturday. Each one of the twenty-six beautiful black and white photographs were autographed by the celebrities featured in them.
A conscious effort was made to make the exhibition relevant to all ages, so people from all walks of life and age groups feature. The celebrities are also so high profile that they are leading lights in their respective fields.
Therefore, it was no mean feat getting them to feature in the exhibition. But the organisers’ honesty of effort was never in question, as they say themselves: “We don’t do impossible!”
Each well-known figure is signing a letter of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) alphabet, but even more impressively, the letter is one that is most representative of them or their career.
However, ISL is profoundly different to all other sign languages, including British and American.
Signs of Life is organised by the Irish Deaf Society and is the first ever ISL photography exhibition. Ireland’s only Deaf professional photographer, Johnny Corcoran, captured the beauty of the ISL alphabet in the 26 images forming the exhibition.
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