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4 events for... photography lovers seeking a striking image

Night time tours and politically charged exhibitions, events for all photography enthusiasts.

THESE DAYS EVERYONE is a budding photographer. We reach for our pockets to capture every moment and share it.

But sometimes photography can take a more considered approach to people and places, too.

Here are four events happening over the next few days for photographic enthusiasts.

1. Explore partition in Ireland portrayed through a series of photographs in new group exhibition

Aidan Pedreschi | Pillboxes From our current exhibition ‘Reframing the Border’, a group exhibition exploring photographic responses to the border, curated by @gallery_of_photography_ireland, free admission, open everyday. Blockhouses were first used in the Second Boer War. On account of their circular shape, they came to be known as pillboxes. During the Second World War, the General Defense Plan No.2 was drawn up by the Republic of Ireland to deal with a potential British invasion from Northern Ireland. In the event of such an invasion, the Irish Army intended to tackle the British as soon as they crossed the border. The plan was that if a retreat was necessary, a squadron of cyclists along the border would use delaying tactics to halt the British advance. The Irish Army would withdraw to the Main Line of Resistance from the Boyne across the country to Sligo. Being an important port town, the capture of Drogheda would have been crucial for enemy advancement. The Military Defense planners established a heavy concentration of pillboxes erected at strategic locations: bridges, approach roads and on prominent positions in the south Louth area. The pillboxes were camouflaged from aircraft attacks. The few that were out in the open were half-sunken in the ground. Sods of grass were placed on the roof, hiding them from aerial view. Although they were reinforced by steel bars, the Irish pillboxes were made of poor quality concrete. The walls were not thick enough to withstand shellfire. The best hope was that they would help slow down an infantry advance. The surviving pillboxes are difficult to locate today. Neglected for almost eighty years, they are relics of a forgotten piece of Irish history. Biography Aidan Pedreschi is a Dublin-born photographer, currently living in Drogheda, Co. Louth. He gained a BA in Photography from the University of Ulster in 2017. His work deals with landscape and typologies, addressing issues around place and memory. His working practice is centred around walking and cycling. #galleryofphotographyireland #reframingtheborder #exhibition #photography #photographer #pillboxes #bunker #blockhouses #ww2 #defense #sligo #louth #irish

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When: Until September 9

Where: Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Examining the construct and limitations of borders throughout Ireland, several photographers have contributed work to a group exhibition entitled Reframing the Border. Showing in The Gallery of Photography, each piece takes an individual approach exploring the “diverse physical, social, psychological and imagined spaces” of the Border. Many respected and emerging names of photography will be exhibited, including Kevin Fox and Enda Bowe.

Reframing the Border will be on display until September 9 2018.

2. Revisit the radical history of the North, captured in an expansive exhibition for National Heritage Week

When: Until August 25

Where: Regional Cultural Centre, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Half a century ago, The North entered a prolonged period of violence. A Lost Moment is a multimedia exhibition featuring film photography that caught the riots in Northern Ireland taking place on the streets. Curated by Sean O’Hagan, the exhibition has been included in this year’s National Heritage Week programme.

3. Take a night-time trek through Dublin on a unique photography and walking tour

When: Thursday August 16, 9pm

Where: Meeting point is at O’Connell Street

Walking tours are a great way to see a city, even for locals. Why not take an evening to get more familiar with the streets of Dublin as well as improving your night photography skills? You can do exactly that on Dublin Night Photography tour, tonight. Organised by Good Vibrationz, a new creative collective aiming to bring fun and creativity outside the studio and bring people together.

More details and tickets for the Dublin Night Photography Tour, here.

4. Walk around Stephen’s Green for an outdoor display of the People’s Photography

When: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August

Where: The railings of Stephen’s Green Park, Dublin 2

Featuring work by amateurs, professionals and club members, the People’s Photography exhibition is an annual event supported by the Office of Public Works. The photography will hang from the railings of the popular central park for the weekend, giving all levels of photographers to exhibit their work.

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