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Do you have ‘Skype dates’ across the world?

Kim Haughton is a Dublin-based photojournalist who is looking to document how emigrants communicate with home over Skype.

Sun, May 27, 2012, 14:47

   
Kim Haughton is a Dublin-based photojournalist who is looking to document how emigrants communicate with home over Skype.

Kim Skyping Karl in Australia

A couple of years ago I started ‘having dinner’ with my friend in Australia over Skype. We would decide what we were going to cook, and  source ingredients in our respective local shops before cooking dinner together over video link. We have made bolognese, beef bourginion, malaysian lakhsa, mexican chilli, american burgers, paella, and steaks on the barbie.

Because of the time difference, I usually end up eating at 11am. It seemed weird at first, drinking a glass of wine with a three-course dinner before noon. But some of our Skype dinners can last for five hours, just like a real ‘date’. I’ve watched him play ball with his dog and had tour of his house and neighbourhood.

I’m looking for Irish people anywhere in the world who have emigrated from Ireland, preferably for economic reasons and who use Skype or any other video chat application to contact family members, friends, lovers etc. in Ireland. Whether you have a Skype dinner or drinks, attend a virtual birthday party, anniversary, an online wedding or just simply chatting and catching up, I would love to hear from you.

The idea is that I go to the house of the person that you are contacting in Ireland and do a photograph while you are video contacting each other.

Please contact me by email at kimpho@gmail.com, or see my website, www.kimhaughton.com.