Police Presence is a visual survey of Belfast, centred on the seemingly unabating presence of the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s “Armoured Public Order Vehicles”.
These vehicles punctuate public and domestic space in towns and cities across Northern Ireland. Pulling on collective consciousness they serve as mobile, sculptural, installations revealing the underlying current of everyday experienced anxiety.
Surreal yet intimidating in appearance, Police Presence acts as a record of, and metaphor for, the fragile and tense psychological landscape of post conflict Northern Ireland.
Lewis Rankin is a Northern Irish photographer, who holds a (BA) Photography from the University of Ulster.