Daily Archives: January 12, 2013

» Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

I have been missing from the Weekly Photo Challenge for a couple of weeks because we took a family trip to Ireland.  It was a great trip, and I have s lot of photos and stories to share.  Having looked through my photos several times, I narrowed the choices for Illumination down to two.  Here is the first.

Inis Fail by Oliver Sheppard

The sculpture is entitled “Inis Fail” and it is by Irish artist Oliver Sheppard.  It is currently on display at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, as part of an exhibition about the Easter Rising of 1916.  Although Sheppard was never arrested or jailed at Kilmainham Gaol, his works were sympathetic to the Irish Independence Movement.

The sculpture is one of Mr. Sheppard’s earliest works, dating back to 1901.  It is made of bronze, and is described as the female personification of Ireland.  In the dark hall of the jail, it was illuminated from above, enhancing the contrast of light and dark in the bronze, creating a dramatic effect for those viewing the sculpture.




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