Ignored by many and acknowledged by few, a inconspicuous dividing line – running from Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough on the Irish Sea – separates the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Originally intended to be an internal border, the border regions were heavily militarised during the violence of the 1970s, the area riddled with British Army checkpoints during the conflict with the Irish Republican Army. Today, with the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union, the status of Ireland's border is a key question, set to become the UK's only land border with the EU. 

On the island of Ireland I photographed landscapes, seascapes, reminders of past struggles and glorious moments of presence I weaved my way along the winding, often invisible, official border.

First published in The New York Times alongside an op-ed by writer Garrett Carr.
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