This is yet another of the hundreds of thousands of grave monuments situated at Glasnevin cemetery, North Dublin.
With over 1.2 million people buried here, the cemetery rightly carries the name as Irelands Necropolis. The monuments that stand here are an incredible array of sculptures, tombs, Celtic crosses, miniature buildings, mausoleums and much more. For anybody who likes cemetery photography, its a wonderful place to visit.
Counted among those resting here are Lords and Ladies, presidents and politicians, actors, poets and bishops. Not all of the memorials are to the well known or wealthy however, with this also being a resting place to the victims of many tragedies including outbreaks of disease, plague and hunger.
The cemetery was created by Daniel O Connell, a much loved figure in Irelands history. Known as the Liberator or the Emancipator, he was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation including the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament, denied for over 100 years.
O'Connell's philosophy and career have inspired leaders all over the world including Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Balzac wrote that "Napoleon and O'Connell were the only great men the 19th century had ever seen."
When O Connell created this place, he envisioned it as a rare (in Ireland) non denominational resting ground. A place for people of all faiths and of no faiths.
Today, his legacy is marked with the largest of all the monuments in Glasnevin, the 171 foot tall Round Tower that stands proudly above his family crypt at the main entrance. This is the tallest round tower in Ireland and a beacon across much of North Dublin.
This particular sculpture is towards the back of the site, and on an "island", which is built over a number of sunken crypts the entrance to which are in a narrow strip similar to a moat surrounding the island. Access to this little island is through a separate set of gates, which really makes it feel like a cemetery in the cemetery, and on entry, you can walk forward into the monuments, or down a set of steps that lead to the doors to the crypts.
Thanks for looking.
Critiques | Translate
Romano46 (16582) 2014-01-12 8:36
nei controluce sei un mago e anche con questa hai fatto un bel centro.
E' un tipo di soggetto che ti piace molto e proponi spesso e sempre con ottimi risultati.
Straordinaria la composizione ed eccellente la gestione della luce.
Ciao e buona serata
jhm (135866) 2014-01-12 10:51
This nice statue is a little bit dark but as contrast picture excellent
Pleasant to look at with the sun in background.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice evening,
Schnappilic (9686) 2014-01-12 11:09
Very good presentation of this angel with the sun behind. It seems to be real. Well done!
photoray (10547) 2014-01-12 15:50
Eye catching image with the Necropolis angel backlit against a layered sky.
I was very surprised when John F. Kennedy managed to overcome many prejudices and get elected President.
It helped to have Richard Nixon as competition whom many did not trust.
macjake (53036) 2014-01-12 21:50
yes, this would certainly be a place I'd be visiting in Ireland if I had the time.
its cool that we can see the finger or thumb in the air, and the overall photo really does have an atmosphere thats palpable.
Cheers for that link you sent to me with the indoor photo's of the Psych Hospital! Awesome...i'll add that to my list too, along with a crowbar :)
Mics (649) 2014-01-12 22:49
What a haven for spirits with over 1.2 million people buried, the great ones and also the unlucky ones. Indeed, a very informative note.:-)
Your composition, the colors, your light management and the atmosphere you created is just simply perfect for this image. Very well done, Noel!
Have a nice day!
emka (73877) 2014-01-12 23:54
hello Noel, You like going around this cemetery. Beautiful statue and nicely presented with the sun behind it. Wonderful photo. It is a pity I had no time for it, on t he other hand I rarely go to see cemeteries.
Warm regrads Malgo
delpeoples (52737) 2014-01-13 0:22
Gidday dear Noel
I've just shown your photo to my mamma who's lying in the ICU at the moment. It's weird because not an hour ago did she say to me that she has an angel looking after her. And what do we have here but an Angel giving us the thumbs up! So we reckon this photo is serendipity - and it's cheered the both of us up more than you'll know. I love those golden pinky tones and the silhouette. The bare trees play an important part not just in setting the mood of the photo but as another beautiful (and very Irish) element for the image. Nice one and thanks so much for the timely and beautiful photo.
Un caro saluto
Lisa and Roz
snunney (79973) 2014-01-13 2:38
The silhouette of the angel looks superb against the sun and golden tinged sky. Excellent light management. Personally, I would have cloned out the edge of the tree on the right above the cross but all a question of personal taste.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-13 2:59
Excellent photo against the light. The angel figure seems to be etched out in the glowing sky. Good POV chosen to hide the sun behind the angel, it is creating a nice halo around the figure. The colors of the sky and the silhouette of those dry trees provide a nice backdrop for this angel figure. Very well taken with a good note, thanks for sharing.
COSTANTINO (51986) 2014-01-13 4:19
great contrast between shadow and light
the figure of this statue dominates
the composition and stands pround
worthseeing monument one of the
hundreds of grave monuments
situated et Glasnevin cemetery
abmdsudi (40306) 2014-01-13 6:51
It is a great silhouetted subject and dominant with less fg and bit of soft shallow dof, sharp in focus on the fig where the eye starts then it explores around afterwards. It's a successful shot set against the intense low warm light and the hidden sun, great too without any hot spots. Very strong! well done.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-13 9:25
The glow around the silhouetted statue is superb. It creates the unreal feeling you wanted. The perspective is very nice.
Great presentation with a wonderful note as usual.
krzychu30 (15344) 2014-01-14 1:05
And what a superb combination of well considered perspective and lovely,warm light.The end result you achieved here is truly spectacular!
Have a nice day
rigoletto (34229) 2014-01-14 7:26
i see you have a protecting angel for your camera's sensor, that's good. i believe that vatican will also need to invent a protector saint for electronic devices in the coming centuries.... 1,2 million people buried? that's huge. i mean, istanbul hosts millions of people since centuries, but i don't have a slightest idea about where they go when they expire. ok, there are cemeteries, but they never seem to be larger than a capacity for some ten thousands.
Waylim (25162) 2014-01-15 8:53
It's been a long time. This not just another monument. What I like alot is the POV with the sun right behind the statue, creating a very strong silhouette and the halo of the light really enhanced the statue and give it that atmosphere and mood.
Excellent shot with good sharpness and good composition.
EstudioChispa (1890) 2014-01-24 11:08
The backlighting here is fantastic, and hits on a subject I am studying right now -- the interplay of direct (even if obscured by some clouds) sunlight and digital foto sensors. It seems there is a threshold beyond which the digital artifacts are overly apparent (often concentric rings of brightness values) and therefore unwelcome (although one could always cop the attitude that they are "arty!"), but my preference would be to stay on the "believable" side of showing the sky.
Your sky here is 100% believable, and (at least at this resolution) I can't discern any digital artifacts. I'm not sure HOW you accomplished this, but I will study it to see that it CAN be done!
As always, your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated!
ourania (27306) 2014-01-27 12:28
a very interesting composition, well planned and executed to arouse interest and convey drama. You've done a great job with composition and light management, the silhouette is so well defined and meaningful, as if engaged in a dialogue with the source of light. You rendered the lower part of the frame solid and intriguing. I also like very much the soft textures of the trees, and how the light is warming up the grey tones but not quite. A fine, suggestive image, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (21544)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-30
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-12 6:58