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by Andy McInroy

Dunree Hill Fort - 2007
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This 2007 portfolio made a refreshing departure from my landscape photography and takes on a more documentary style. Although the portfolio is based on man-made elements, the location and condition of the old fort buildings are strongly connected to the landscape and weather conditions of Donegal.

The old hill fort at Dunree on the Inishowen peninsula has historically provided a strategic defense of Loch Swilly. It now stands as a rusting and deserted relic of our wartime past.

I have always felt that the decaying fort buildings are both sinister and cold. Even on the warmest of summer days, an icy draught blows through the dark corridors. Outside, creaking corrugated iron swings in the breeze while hooded crows watch the stranger suspiciously from the old telegraph poles and chimney stacks. I have explored many of the old corridors, yet there are also many dark rooms behind closed doors that still spook me. Those doors remain closed.

Despite the eerie mood and whispers of the past, nature is now returning to reclaim its place here. Every winter storm sees another window blown in and a little more brickwork crumble. Every spring sees the briars grow higher to conceal what remains. So too, new growth emerges and heals over the ground.


All photos © Andy McInroy