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.
A long disused lock in Galway, with tons of water flowing
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
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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