July 1, 2016 marks the 18th anniversary of the first time Ingrid and I worked together!
The Rock of Dunamase is a massive rock outcrop, over 45 metres in height, with a ruined castle perched upon it, totally dominating the surrounding landscape. The rock is thought to be drawn on a map by the greek cartographer Ptolemy under the name "Dunum" in the 2nd century. Dunamase started as an early christian fort known as Dun Masc "the Fort of Masc". The earliest historical reference to Dunamase is in the annals of the four masters where it states that Dun Masc was plundered by the vikings in 843AD and the abbot of Terryglass was killed.
Though there was no plundering when Ingrid and worked at the rock, there certainly was a surprising number of invaders; apparently the Rock of Dunamase is a popular place to visit at sunset! Though Ingrid and I began working several times over the early evening, each proved to be a false start, as inevitable, we'd receive warning that "visitors are coming", forcing Ingrid to revert to her clothed state. Photos were made, but it was never long before another visitor or two was headed up the hill.
Fortunately, one of the early min-sessions proved fruitful, letting Ingrid and I create eight separate images of her on a rock-wall outcrop, overlooking the Irish landscape, with the evening sky behind her. It is hard to select my favorite from the series - some I like the pose in, but feel there isn't enough landscape and sky around Ingrid, but the above, with her leaning back as the light from the evening sky hits her torso, has the perfect balance, and even some nice lines in the landscape, complimenting the composition.
As the sun moved further down in the sky, the visitors eventually stopped venturing up the hill, and with about 30 minutes of light left, the last of the cars (other than ours) vanished from the parking lot. At last Ingrid and I could work without interruption!
I cannot think of a better way to have visually celebrated the beginning of my 18th year of working with Ingrid than to work with her within a dramatic ruined castle, on a rocky outcrop, overlooking a lovely sunset slowly falling across the centre of Ireland!