The Sky is Down on the Ground : Alice Myers

Alice Myers is a London based photographer who has spent time developing documentary projects in Mexico, Ireland and France. After graduating in photography in 2008 at Edinburgh College of Art, she won the Jerwood Award and received a development grant from Arts Trust Scotland. In 2013 she won the IdeasTap/Magnum Photography Award, and completed an MA in Photography with distinction at London College of Communication. The Sky is Down on the Ground is a project made in the area surrounding the Sruth Fada Conn estuary, Co. Mayo, Ireland, between 2009 and 2012.

Since 2002 there has been strong resistance to the installation of a raw gas pipeline underneath the estuary. The people I spoke to and the places I visited were in part determined by my interest in this resistance. Spatially, the project is situated within the area where people felt themselves affected.

Over the course of many conversations I became aware of a sense of duration beyond the timescale of oil companies and photographers, of a landscape that constantly changes and never changes.  This is my attempt as an outsider to understand what remains.

Text and images © Alice Myers

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