This is a detail of the wonderful Shell Grotto in Margate.
Please see the other view of the Shell Grotto in Workshop,
(it is not the best quality, but l hope you like it).
The Shell Grotto is an ornate subterranean passageway in Margate, Kent. Almost all the surface area of the walls and roof is covered in mosaics created entirely of seashells, totalling about 190 sq metres of mosaic, or 4.6 million shells. It was discovered in 1835 but its age remains unknown. The grotto is a Grade I listed building and is open to the public.
The Shell Grotto consists of a winding subterranean passageway, about 2.4 metres high and 21 metres in length, terminating in a rectangular room (the altar chamber) approximately 5 x 6 metres. Close to its half way point, the passageway divides to pass around a massive circular column called the rotunda. Attached to the grotto is a museum, gift shop, and cafe.
The purpose of the structure is unknown, and various theories have dated its construction to any time in the past 3,000 years, and speculated possibilities of the builders include the Knights Templar. The shells are all local; but some of the designs suggest associations with Phoenicia, and it has been speculated that the name of the Isle of Thanet, where Margate lies, may derive from the Phoenician goddess Tanit. The official guide suggests a subject for many of the mosaic panels, such as a skeleton, crocodile, owl, or turtle, but the abstract nature of the designs make these suggestions rather subjective.
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Indrasish (2903) 2014-08-01 2:08
You captured a nice artwork.. I like your cropping.. Also I like your light management.. Superb image quality and nice color tone too.. Very well done..
good afternoon and wish you all the best..
snunney (89894) 2014-08-01 2:27
I have to confess that I know nothing about this wonderful grotto and yet I lived not far from Margate for several years. One of the wonders of TE! This is a beautiful capture showing the intricate artwork in superb detail. I like the composition, light and colours. Clarity is excellent indeed. Thanks for sharing.
COSTANTINO (59851) 2014-08-01 3:19
Hello my dear friend
what a beautiful shot with a beautiful
inspiration of different shells very well composed
in this composition presenting an original miracle
your notes are very useful
intricate artwork details
Janusz1974 (2824) 2014-08-01 5:42
I like the fine details and the superb sharpness, excellent observation and realization, Great!
Sergiom (67362) 2014-08-01 6:08
Une très belle recherche de détails dans cette composition. L'ensemble est d'une grande netteté et joue beaucoup avec les formes et les cercles.
danos (90305) 2014-08-01 6:31
nice hte view of the details creted from the shells.Excellent the quality of the scene with the other in the WS to completes perfect the whole scenery.
delpeoples (55090) 2014-08-02 9:22
I never knew of this well-kept English treasure. When I next go to England, I must go. So thank you first and foremost for teaching me something new about the world. I like the tight framing and the impressive textures and geometries you created with it. The play of light and shade is also very attractive, the shadows thrown by the oyster shells being particularly attractive.
Well done, thanks for sharing
tyro (22138) 2014-08-02 9:43
What an interesting and totally fascinating note you have written - I'd never heard of the Shell Grotto in Margate before. It really is amazing how much I learn from TE - not just about photography but also about so many different places, many of them not all that far from home too. And, what's more, I also find I learn a lot by trying to compose notes for my own pictures too - TE really is a wonderful learning experience, isn't it?
Anyway, this is a lovely photograph and illustrates your comprehensive note perfectly. A fine symmetrical composition with good light, natural colours and excellent details and sharpness. And don't apologise for your workshop "Altar Chamber" photograph either - I suspect that the light there was very poor - because it does give us a very good idea of what the depths of this grotto look like.
How very interesting - this is a place I really must visit if I'm ever in the Margate area - most of us don't think of ancient history when we think of Margate: we think of beaches, ice creams and "Kiss me Quick" hats and candy floss!
bbarna (820) 2014-08-02 12:38
I just looked your gallery the first time, and I like many of your picture, but this this is the most amazing. An old treasure like this and they don't who made it when. Very interesting story and an excellent picture of a beautiful artwork. The Workshop photo is very helpful.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2014-08-02 14:08
A most captivating view, well presented and made very interesting thanks to your note.Wonderful details and i like very much the textures.
pajaran (55013) 2014-08-03 12:18
Interesantan tekst o Shell Grotto sa opisom ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazani detalji na fasadi.
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici.
An interesting article about Shell Grotto with a description ...
Good video and contrast nicely displayed on the facade details.
Good work with beautiful photography workshop.
All the best.
photoray (13650) 2014-08-05 6:25
I was immediately attracted to you shell mosaics, because I am a big fan of sea shells, started searching Pacific tide pools for them in my youth. And now I use them as decorations inside my home and outside in hardscape creations combined with broken glass, rocks and mortar. The best part is they are free if you find them.
Thanks for sharing,
Silvio1953 (130310) 2014-08-05 11:13
Ciao Agnes, fantastic detail, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dcole (281) 2014-08-07 7:34
What a great image. The shells create a lovely abstract pattern. The tight framing works very well, excellent shot!