This 23-Year-Old Photographer Transformed Her Small Town Into A Dreamy Nebula

by Grace Easterby

A Northern Ireland native, 23-year-old Megan Doherty uses photography to transform the tedium of small town living into a mystic, alternate reality where she and her friends thrive in the darkened shadows. Her work captures moments as they come; morphing a fleeting image to create intense, powerful narratives of freedom and desire.

Doherty’s project “Stoned in Melanchol” depicts a youthy sub-culture that is simultaneously illuminated by neon and masked by haze. Portraying the perfect combination of longing and passive acceptance, her project shows the effects of a small town on those wishing to escape.  

See more of Doherty’s work at

10 Untitled 2015Untitled, 2015

2 Greedy 2016
Greedy, 2016

1 Stone in Melanchol
Stoned in Melanchol, 2014

4 Untitled 2015
Untitled, 2015

8 Untitled 2016
Untitled, 2016

11 New York Magazinw 2016
New York Magazine, 2016

6 Untitled 2016
Untitled, 2016

5 On Top of the Hill 2016
On Top of the Hill, 2016

12 New York Magazine 2016
New York Magazine, 2016

13 Amy Laura Smith 2016
Amy Laura Smith, 2016

3 Nightcall 2015
Nightcall, 2015

7 Every Stranger 2015
Every Stranger, 2015

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