Though I’ve been living in Liverpool for 13 years I’ve never called the city home. Born and raised in rural Northern Ireland, the March 2020 lockdown saw me isolating alone, and as weeks of solitude turned to months I began to question where I truly belong. The yearning for the rugged North Irish coast grew stronger to the point as restrictions eased I began making regular trips back to Ireland. A beautiful contrast from the urban sprawl of the city to the tranquillity of Irish countryside. My self portrait symbolises my restlessness which is a daily physical and mental challenge, and while I love Liverpool with it’s diversity, arts and culture, the call of Ireland is being heard loud and clear.
By Paul McFeeley
September 17, 2021