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Jewellery Box-Ireland’s Hidden Gems, by Daragh Muldowney
I remember, as a child, wandering around the beach and rock pools and being fascinated by what I saw. Incredible colours, patterns, and tiny little creatures in their own magical world that kept me entertained for hours.

Now, as a photographer, still with the child inside, I have tried to capture some of these beautiful places that surround us all on our stunning island.
I see the ocean as a veil, and at low tide this veil is lifted to give us a chance to see this fantastic microcosmic world. The beauty within these rock pools is like a jewellery box filled with gems and treasures in the shape of periwinkles, anemone, urchins, barnacles, starfish and seaweeds of all types.

Seventeen counties touch the coast of Ireland and I have travelled all of them all in my campervan, during the summer of 2010, capturing hundreds of images. The exhibition will feature over thirty prints including a number of large format pieces (48” x 32” prints).
I captured the images in two trips, the first being for about four weeks in April and May, where I began in Wicklow and travelled along the south coast to Clare. I resumed the project in mid August, where I started in Galway and worked my way around the north coast and back to Dublin for mid September.


Opening: 6 July, 6pm
Dates: 6 – 31 July
Ballymount Retail Centre
Ballymount Road Upper
Dublin 24

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We have a particularly unique coastline for such a small island and the images that you will see in this exhibition are accessible to us all. Just take a spin out to your closest coast at low tide and explore the wonders within. The infinite and diverse beauty that you will find among these hidden pools will ignite a warming light in your spirit that breathes a deep satisfaction to be connecting, once again, with our beloved nature.
‘Jewellery Box’ first launched in November, 2010 at the Back Loft Gallery in Dublin and was opened by Emmy award winning wildlife cameraman and presenter, Colin Stafford Johnson.
By Daragh Muldowney

About Daragh Muldowney

Daragh Muldowney is a self taught photographer using a 30 year old camera. He tries to capture the elements naturally without the use of artificial light or filters.He has exhibited widely in Ireland along with solo exhibitions in France and England.

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