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Nature on White:
Meet Your Neighbours

Founded in 2009, Meet Your Neighbours is a worldwide photographic initiative created by photographers Niall Benvie and Clay Bolt. The project is dedicated to reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps, to the species that are often overlooked and undervalued and which are often seen as weeds or pests. Yet these creatures and plants are vital. They not only play important roles in their ecosystems, they also represent the first, and for some, the only contact with wild nature we have.

I had the pleasure to represent Ireland for this project and concentrated on the world of the intertidal zone plus some other plants and animals I came across around the house and in the garden.

All plants and animals were photographed in the wild using a field studio consisting of sheets of Perspex, tanks, various flashlights and tripods. None of my “models” were harmed and all were released back to where I had found them.

Herb Robert
Creeping Cinquefoil
White Clover
Common Knapweed
Bird's-Foot Trefoil
Kidney Vetch
Sea Aster
Sea Campion
Sheep's Bit
Woody Nightshade
Sea Mayweed
Sea Rocket (with Ladybird)
Babington's Leek
Flag Iris
Tufted Vetch
Common Restharrow
Bee Orchid & Fly Orchid
Six-Spot Burnet
Burnet Caterpillar
Garden Tiger Caterpillar
Common Frog
Common Lizard
White-Lipped Snail
Flat Topshell
Common Limpet
Painted Topshell
Hermit Crab
Black Sea Urchin
Montagu's Blenny
Snakelocks Anemone
Strawberry Anemone
Beadlet Anemone
Beadlet Anemone Emerging I
Beadlet Anemone Emerging II
Beadlet Anemone Emerging III
Beadlet Anemone Emerging IV
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