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Wicklow’s most stunning aspects showcased in new light at Aoife Hester’s photography exhibit in Bray

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Aoife Hester at Signal Arts. Ann Robinson and Shell Dooley

Aoife Hester at Signal Arts. Ann Robinson and Shell Dooley

Aoife Hester at Signal Arts. Aoife Hester in front of some of her work

Aoife Hester at Signal Arts. Aoife Hester in front of some of her work

Aoife Hester at Signal Arts. Ray and Noelle Hester with Norah Stewart

Aoife Hester at Signal Arts. Ray and Noelle Hester with Norah Stewart

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Aoife Hester at Signal Arts. Ann Robinson and Shell Dooley

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Lockdowns showed Bray photographer Aoife Hester the true beauty of her local area and now she is showcasing what she saw and learnt during those confined times in a new exhibition at the Signal Arts Centre in Bray.

Wicklow Wanderings: Lockdown Landscapes’ opened on Monday, June 20 and will run until Sunday, July 3. On display are a collection of breath-taking scenes from Wicklow, many taken in incredible dawn or dusk light, and showing intricate details of the natural world.

Many of these photos were taken with her 5km radius, which included Killruddery and Belmont Demense, but she also spent countless mornings with the sunrise over the sea, and evenings with the moon over Bray Head, using both endless light sources to show off Wicklow’s finest aspects.

She explained: “This exhibition was formed as a direct result of the circumstances created from Covid 19 and spending large amounts of time exploring my 5k radius.

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"I have always appreciated Bray and I would have often taken photos within the area over the years. However, when I found myself embracing the slower pace of life from around March of 2020, I started to really take more photos while I was out for my walks.

"I started to notice and appreciate scenes that were always on my doorstep, but possibly taken for granted or overlooked.”

She added: “This exhibition focuses on a good aspect of the restricted movements, for me personally. Bray is very diverse and I found myself often thinking that no two mornings were ever the same down the beach as I was capturing the sunrise.

“Since the restrictions have eased off and we have been allowed to move about more freely, I have really enjoyed exploring the county of Wicklow, photographing areas that I always knew were there but rarely took the time to properly appreciate.

"Before the pandemic hit, I think I was of the mindset that you needed to travel further afield to take satisfying photos. However, now I don't feel the need to travel far at all, to take a photo that I'm happy with.”


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