Wednesday 21 February 2018

A day in the life . . . it's a walk in the park for snappers

Fergus Black

FROM a crouching tiger to a pair of deer sharing a tryst, it's the photographic exhibition that promises to reveal a day in the life of the country's most famous park.

On the longest day of the year, workers and residents of the Phoenix Park took out their mobile phones and digital cameras to capture a series of magic moments.

Some of the snappers are more accustomed to working in the home of the country's first citizen, others serve and protect the citizens of the State, while others toil away at the country's national mapping agency.

But they have one thing in common -- they clock in to work in one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces in any European capital city.

The budding photographers whose day jobs include working at Garda Headquarters, Aras an Uachtarain, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the American Embassy residence, Dublin Zoo, St Mary's Hospital, Phoenix Park Special School, the Cheshire Home and the Bike Rental Company have all now joined forces in an exhibition of their talents.

The park's top resident, President Mary McAleese, yesterday opened 'The Hidden Park', a snapshot of life in the park on June 21.

It features 150 photographs of life in the park, from exotic faces in the zoo to stunning landscapes, all captured by those who know it best.

"I could never imagine myself working in a city surrounded by office buildings," said Susan Gavin, a cartographer who has worked with Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) since 1979.

The exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday, October 2, at the Cow Shed Gallery at Farmleigh House -- while a book of the photos is also on sale, with proceeds going to the Society of St Vincent de Paul and the Phoenix Park Special School.

Irish Independent

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