Behind the lines

Segregation in Northern Ireland is a result of out standing political, religious and social differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant populations. Belfast City is divided along religious grounds, West Belfast is predominantly Catholic and East Belfast is predominantly Protestant. Peace lines are a series of separation barriers used to divide these highly populated areas. In total they stretch for 13 miles and create a unique linear pattern throughout the City of Belfast.

Using abstract photography I looked for compositions that were made up of two sides – the line those sides created signified a peace wall. Bringing together photographs of division, collision and separation creates a single thread that links them all together. Without having the contrast, the conflict, the barrier, you would never create that unity. That single thread creates greater strength. A strength that is found in the people of Belfast today.