Lorna is an art photographer, a Glaswegian but mainly a happy member of Conna’s community in East Cork for fourteen years. The current pandemic restrictions prompted her to apply for the Arts Council of Ireland Covid-19 Response Award and she was delighted to become a recipient. Her main proposal was to photograph her friends and neighbours within their landscape while strictly observing the two metre distancing rule. And so the project earned its title “2 Metres Apart”.
What began as a brilliant excuse to get out and about, visit friends and use exercise time productively turned into something altogether different. Originally, Lorna imagined the project to highlight the isolation already felt in rural Ireland but with every visit she found herself discovering aspects of her community previously unknown.
Each participant provided their own titles for their portraits which Lorna has woven into the images. The photography project is still in progress but will be published as a slideshow online, via links on social media to Youtube and on the Blackwater Valley Makers Arts Centre’s new audio/visual
installation as part of their Fermoy Culture Night’s Triptych of Events. Lorna would like to thank everyone who gave their time to the project, The Arts Council of Ireland and special thanks go to Duncan Ó Cléirigh who provided sound engineering.
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