David Killeen

To You I Follow

This series documents the retracing of the steps of their journey using the personal account documented in their photo album. The album records the couple’s travels to Switzerland between late August and early September that year and comprises original, caption-dated photographs and an accompanying map that traces their route. Sporadic captions slowly reveal the location of each image and presented Killeen with the intriguing possibility to recreate their journey.

In 2010, 75 years after the couple’s trip to Switzerland, another journey was undertaken in an effort to trace these sites and photograph them once again. In a unique approach, Killeen documented the original locations featured in the album and photographs were taken at the same sites, on the exact dates and in the same order, three-quarters of a century later.

This anonymous album purchased for less than £10 has provided a distinctive opportunity to illustrate a particular style or method of photography; of recording a past event, similar to the archaeological process of using fragments of information as evidential clues. The forensic approach retracing of steps in the couples’ journey highlights a multitude of changes that can be observed today in the environmental, historical, and sociological landscape.


David is a landscape and fine art photographer. His style and application to the photography form is considered key with theme and method being crucial in the creation of his series. Born in Dublin, David studied Fine Art at the Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork city. He continued Masters in Photography & Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths University of London in 2009.

He has had several exhibitions and has presented a number of lectures in Britain, Ireland, North & South America. Currently David lives and works in London.