June 30, 2014

Ireland XX (Galway and Finavarra Martello Tower, Ireland)

As I walked around Galway, I was fascinated by the lovely water-shut-off covers on the streets; they were so simple, and so beautiful.
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A long disused lock in Galway, with tons of water flowing through.
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Finavarra Martello Tower dates from the period 1804-1807 when British military engineers built many such fortifications as signal towers to protect the coast against a French invasion. Most of these towers are oval or round and stand between forty and sixty feet high. Their staircases were incorporated within the walls and the doorway was usually some distance above ground level.
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Situated on Finavarra Point, the tower protected the north-easternside of Ballyvaughan Bay and the south-western entrance of New Quay harbour. The usual garrison was about ten men who would have lived in a nearby barracks. The remains of such a barracks lie north-east of the tower.
 Digital original, 48 frame exposure blend, 12 image stitch
Without a doubt, this is my favourite architectural image I have made in years; in many ways this is a mirror of an image I made in Halifax in 1995 of the R.M.L. emplacements on George's Island, in Halifax harbour. Impossibly wide, and focused on the beautiful light in the martello tower, it speaks less about the military purpose of the space than the beauty of the light within it.

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