Pictured here is a monument in Glasnevin Cemetery in North Dublin city.
The monument is a life size sculpture of a woman with her hands clasped in prayer as she looks skyward and offers a prayer for the dead. She stands on top of a plinth approx. six feet tall, so from base to the top of the statues head, this monument is about 12 feet tall.
The sculpture stands in a central island in the cemetery, where the tombs for the dead are in a circle below. The doors to the tombs are accessed in a deep recess about 12 feet deep and 5 feet wide and the monuments for those interred stand on the "island" above. There would be about 200 large monuments standing on this gated island. Interestingly, a large number of the tombs belong to families with Italian names such as Paulozzi, Rocca, Cappoci, Senezzi and Verrecchia. I have never discovered why there are so many Italian names in this area of the cemetery.
Glasnevin is rightly known as the national necropolis of Ireland, with over 1.2 million burials taking place here since the cemetery was founded by Daniel O Connell in 1832. This is a considerable number considering the great Dublin area has a population of 527 thousand, or 1.8 million if you count the entire greater Dublin area. This 1.8 million people represents almost 40% of Irelands entire population.
Among those resting here are lords and ladies, bishops, presidents and prime ministers, as well as victims of plague, hunger, poverty and tragedy.
People do sometimes remark that I spend an unhealthy amount of time in cemeteries and I cannot disagree, but I find that they are places of immense calm and beaut. For the photographer, the number of sculptures, monuments and tombs here offer never ending subjects.
The most notable tomb here is that of Daniel O Connell himself, a 171 foot high round tower, making it the tallest in Ireland. Although that is visible from many miles around the city, there are hundreds of other tombs of interest taking the form of miniature cathedrals, churches, sculptures of people and thousands of traditional Celtic crosses, pinnacles and much more.
Tours of the cemetery are available from the recently completed Glasnevin Museum which is a brilliant feature of this place offering one of the most concise and complete records of Irish genealogy in existence.
Thanks for looking!
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Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-07 10:18
ormai ti sei specializzato in questo tipo di ripresa e sempre con ottimi risultati.
Il controluce regala sempre forti emozioni e quanddo il soggetto è quello adatto - come in questo caso - è ancor più suggestivo.
Ottimi sia il soggetto che il bel punto di ripresa.
Sempre eccellenti le note.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
carlo62 (52174) 2013-12-07 10:39
Stai risvegliando in me la vecchia passione di fare foto nei cimiteri.
Un'altra bella interpretazione, queste silhouette sono sempre molto suggestive.
Fis2 (102462) 2013-12-07 10:49
A very interesting light.
I like colors and contrast.
Photo has climate.
bukitgolfb301 (43650) 2013-12-07 12:55
Hi dear Noel, how are you?
Wow very solemn and fantatsic image again! Great vertical fromat and perefct light management / setting.
The contarst of light and shade is so marvelous.
Sorry for my late reaction.
Thanks a lot for your sharing and have a good Sunday! Takero just away from Tokyo
photoray (13981) 2013-12-07 16:34
Attractive image for the tall angel outline in prayer with the sun burst through the Celtic cross tombstone.
I am also a fan of cemeteries because the older historical ones have art often not found in the bland modern places.
One of Ansel Adams' most popular photographs is of the Hernandez, New Mexico cemetery at night with a full moon in the background.
Schnappilic (9692) 2013-12-08 1:16
A great framing with a powerful impact. A superb realization. My congratulations!
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-12-08 1:35
Great frame to cover the lady praying for the dead. Excellent view and lovely presentation.Keep sharing.TFS.
snunney (103361) 2013-12-08 4:09
Another dramatic image from this well used cemetery. Good control over the backlighting to produce this moody silhouetted effect. Excellent framing of the key elements.
siudzi (34141) 2013-12-08 4:41
Quite mystery presentation due to the special lighting effect. The sculptures look very interesting even the details were almost all lost. Like the idea and execution. TFS!
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-08 7:44
Excellent silhouette capture. Good POV to accentuate the height of the statue. I think this one is the best of your cemetery series because of the posture of the figure. She really seems to be praying for the dead. Wonderful capture with informative details about the place and the statue.
Highmountains (2674) 2013-12-08 8:32
You have tried to explain your preference for cemeteries because of the places having calm and beauty, along with the large number of sculptures and statues. I agree.
However, there is also another aspect - and that is of documentation. This is absolutely necessary. It is only by such record-keeping that we would be able to preserve a very important part of our ....
As a photograph, you click at very early hours and hence catch such statues and sculptures in a silhouette. You also get overwhelmingly beautiful skies. This is a beautiful photograph of the woman in prayer. You have kept the sun where most of us would have tried to avoid direct sunlight. This has resulted in shafts of light that falls on the graves, adding to the beauty of the photograph.
Thanks for sharing, Noel.
abmdsudi (56380) 2013-12-13 21:31
A very serene image and a strong silhouetted subject full of emotion of a very eye-catching composition. Brilliant and extremely beautiful and somewhat thought evoking piece of photography, full of something quite special that you have captured a very reverent moment. Thoughtful and well presented. tfs
EstudioChispa (2178) 2013-12-18 8:31
An "unhealthy" amount of time? Ridiculous. Cemeteries are perfect places for contemplation, and much healthier to visit than hospitals!
Here, you have given us a lesson in shooting the sky, into the sun. I have no idea how you managed to soften the edges of the solar disk, but it is PERFECT! The rest of the sky is equally intriguing, wispy clouds giving way to deep blue. And you have allowed just enough detail in the praying woman to prevent it from being a hard silhouette, which could have been acceptable, but it is so much more interesting this way!
The holidays will make my time here hit-and-miss, so let me take this chance to thank you again for all of your instruction and encouragement for my recent trip to Mexico. I think I got what I went for -- I have >1,000 frames of about 20 pieces of sculpture, and collected the information to produce a tourist guide, perhaps as an iBook, to let people know the titles and artists of the pieces. I will keep you informed as I process the shots!
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (32544)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-30
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/16, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-07 9:51