I grew up in Northern Ireland, leaving just after my 19th birthday. I have visited once a year for about a week since then. Visiting again during the last few days, I have been struck once more by the sensational beauty of the countryside and the coast. Visiting tourist attractions like The Giant’s Causeway, I have been surprised and very pleased to see visitors from all over the world, including many from China and Japan. This would have been unthinkable before the Good Friday Agreement and is a true dividend of the peace process. Sadly though, much of the lower-level daily sectarianism and intimidation persists.
Hopefully these photographs will show something of each of these aspects of Northern Ireland today. Most were taken with a film camera, a Leica M2 with a 50mm Elmar lens, using a Kodak Portra 160 film.