Love’s Fire Song: Enda Bowe

Posted September 23, 2020 in Arts and Culture

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We featured Enda Bowe’s portrait of ‘Neil’ in our In The Frame section of the mag last year. That went on to scoop second prize in prestigious Taylor Wessing competition.

Bowe subsequently went on to win the Zurich Portrait Prize for his portrait of Cybil McCaddy with her daughter Lulu.

Love’s Fire Song marks the re-opening of the Gallery of Photography and brings together Bowe’s work with young people in Northern Ireland. It is accompanied by a sound installation by electronic musician Max Cooper.

“Rather than the expected images, laden with political and religious imagery, l concentrate on the ordinary, the everyday,” said Bowe when contributing to In The Frame.

“The photographs are shown as a coherent series, using a saturated colour palette with only subtle symbolisms, and without visual reference to the specific locations they were taken. Free from political and geographical context, the photographs speak of longing, yearning, aspirations and vulnerabilities of young people in Belfast today; their myriad joys and sorrows; lingering on the moments that can resonate with us all, independent of our individual backgrounds and inherited place and beliefs.”

To comply with new government guidelines Gallery of Photography Ireland will be closed to the public for until October 13th.

You can still enjoy their current exhibition Enda Bowe’s Love’s Fire Song by checking out their online video on


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