A Level 6 Degree Photography student at Walsall College is set to see her work appear on public display at the Phoenix Park visitor centre in Dublin, Ireland, throughout February.
Marcella Allen, 41, who is launching her own business, Ixion Photography, went back to her Irish roots to take a collection of images of her former home – the park’s Magazine Fort, for a college project.
Built in 1735, the Magazine Fort is a historic ammunition storage depot which was used by the British and Irish Army from the 18th – 20th century. Marcella lived in the fort until she was 7 years old with her family including her grandad, James Meade, who was the resident caretaker, at the age of 13 her family moved to the UK.
The exhibition, ‘Behind the Gates, will run from 3rd -26th February. It features images of the inside of the fort and will give viewers an insight into the history of the site and its current state of dereliction.
Now living in Walsall, Marcella, said: “The fort has been closed for a number of years so it was a privilege to be given access to it again for my project and relive some of my childhood memories at the same time.
“One of the images featured is of a communications tower where me and my sisters would play, we’d have hours of fun making up our own games.”
Marcella requested to put together an exhibition at the tourist attraction which was soon granted. She said: “This is a great opportunity for me to showcase my work and gain recognition as a professional photographer. Organising an exhibition has involved a lot of work but I’ve had a lot of support and hopefully it will be popular with visitors to the park.”