Derry man’s photo to go on show in Athens

Mickey Rooneys photo, which has been selected to appear in the Change exhibition in Athens next month.
Mickey Rooneys photo, which has been selected to appear in the Change exhibition in Athens next month.

Derry amateur photographer, Mickey Rooney, has fought off competition from all over the world to have his photo included in a special exhibition in Athens.

The exhibition will take place in the Blank Wall Gallery from May 8 to May 20.

The exhibition is entitled ‘Change’ and entrants were asked to submit a photograph they believed to capture the concept of change.

Mickey entered a photo he took at ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ in Berlin in 2015 as his interpretation of ‘change.’

“I was thrilled when I received the email telling me my photo had been selected - it’s a real honour to own a photo that will now be on exhibition in a gallery halfway around the world.”

Mickey’s photograph shows tourists looking at two dimensional photographs that appear to show the destruction and tearing down of the Berlin Wall in 1990.

The competition for coveted exhibition space in the gallery was described by the exhibition organisers as “very hard indeed”.

This is not the first time that one of Mickey’s photos has received high praise.

In September last year, ‘The Observer’ published one of Mickey’s photographs in the newspaper and online.

Every week ‘The Observer’ picks a theme and then asks readers to send in photographs which they believe to be relevant.

‘The Observer’ went with the theme ‘single’ and Mickey sent in a remarkable photograph of his old vinyl record singles.