Aoife Hester | Wicklow Wanderings: Lockdown Landscapes
Opening Reception: Sunday, 26th June, 3 – 5pm
This exhibition was formed as a direct result of the circumstances created from Covid 19 and spending large amounts of time exploring my 5k radius. I have always appreciated Bray and I would have often taken photos within the area over the years. However, when I found myself embracing the slower pace of life from around March of 2020, I started to really take more photos while I was out for my walks.
I started to notice and appreciate scenes that were always on my doorstep, but possibly taken for granted or overlooked. I took a lot of sunrise photos on the beach and I gained a huge appreciation for the stunning landscape at Killruddery and Belmont Demense. This exhibition focuses on a good aspect of the restricted movements, for me personally. Bray is very diverse and I found myself often thinking that no two mornings were ever the same down the beach as I was capturing the sunrise.
Since the restrictions have eased off and we have been allowed to move about more freely, I have really enjoyed exploring the county of Wicklow, photographing areas that I always knew were there but rarely took the time to properly appreciate. Before the pandemic hit, I think I was of the mindset that you needed to travel further afield to take satisfying photos. However, now I don’t feel the need to travel far at all, to take a photo that I’m happy with.