Down South

Photographer, Ciaran Dunbar explores the parochial mentality of an Irish border town

Words by Ciaran Dunbar

This project deals with the parochial mentality within a border town in Ireland and how this affects the Northern community of people that moved “down south” to escape the conflict in the north of Ireland. It looks at the feeling of displacement within this community and how being displaced affects these people’s daily lives.

According to Dr Pauline Conroy (author of All Over The Place) a displaced person will always have a feeling of being displaced, even if they end up returning “home”, and they will die with these feelings of displacement.

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Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.

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