Browns Bay to Portmuck #GlensOfAntrim

A friend and myself have walked and explored a lot of the Antrim Coast Line, however we have never walked the entire stretch of this close to home section on the beginning outcrop of the Glens of Antrim.

What we discovered was a rugged landscape, seeming largely untouched with the exception of lots of old, battered and corroded lobster pots. I found this fascinating and in taking these shots, hope it shows a bit of history and an essence of the place.

Enjoy!

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All shot with an Olympus OM-1n 35mm analog film camera and 50mm/f1.4 lens on Agfa Vista 200 film.

Revisited: First Terrarium, pushing 2 years.

I started this experiment on 11th January 2015 and although a few things have changed, in terms the environment; it’s stayed the same. The original tree like sprout as I had hoped would remain and continue as a micro tree of life so to speak, it slowly became like a wild environment over time.

No new plant life has been added, just trimmed back to control it. I found a very old shotgun shell near by and added that also.

Enjoy

‘Ex igne resurgam’ 1600s – 2000s

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During the 1620s the streets of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, were laid out just as they are today: Market Square, Bridge Street, Castle Street and Bow Street. Conway brought over many English and Welsh settlers during the Ulster Plantation; he also had a manor house built on what is now Castle Gardens, and in 1623, a church on the site of the current cathedral. In 1628, Sir Edward Conway, brother to the now deceased Sir Fulke, obtained a charter from King Charles I granting the right to hold a weekly market. This is still held in the town every Tuesday. The Manor House was destroyed in the accidental fire of 1707 and was never rebuilt; the city’s Latin motto, “Ex igne resurgam” (“Out of the fire I shall arise”), is a reference to this incident.

From The Mountain to the Sea

This project is an insight on the forgotten community within the hills behind Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (now known as Loughmourne). This surrounding area and beneath what is now a large lake, was an ancient established community which largely relocated in 1702 with the later generations of this migration taking part in the American Revolution.

Some inhabitants did remain behind however and many years later in 1904, Martha Craig who was the daughter of John Craig and Mary Nelson, developed a theory that the earth was at the centre of a vortex, this theory was advocated by Albert Einstein and is a theory that still holds merit in science today. In the same year she set off on a journey to Labrador in Canada where she aimed to experience the Aurora Borealis from out in the wilderness. She then sailed 500miles down the coast to Hudson Bay where she hired two Montagnie Indians as her guides and they set off into the mountains. In the coming days she encountered a group of Naskapie Indians who also joined the ‘band’ and they travelled together. They were so amazed by the gramophone she carried, her intellect and her knowledge of the stars that they believed her to be a magician. As she was a scientist and not believing herself to be displaying magic, she taught the Indians how the gramophone worked and gifted it to them. In return they gave her the rights to a gold mine which they had denied to every European up to this point. The ultimate gift they gave her was making her a Naskopie Princess and renamed her ‘Ye-wa-go-no-nee,  she used this title from that day onwards for all greetings, book publications and for everything in place of Martha Craig.

In the coming weeks they made it to a high mountain ridge and it was there she witnessed what she had left the remote settlement in Co. Antrim; the Aurora Borealis and took note on her experience there –

‘Suddenly above the rugged outline of the plateau a dark, semi-transparent cloud became manifest, from the outer edge of this cloud burst a wave of brilliant crimson light of semi-circular form. The appearance of this light was accompanied by a harmonious sound like the music of innumerable stringed instruments.

‘Ere this terrestrial music had died away a wave of brilliant rose light flashed upwards above the crimson.  Higher and higher rose these successive waves of colour and crimson fading into pale rose and amethyst shot with exquisite tints of pale green and purple.

‘This upward rising of successive waves continued until the Aurora stretched from east to west, and reached from the earth to the zenith. Then from the outer edge of the dark disc flashed myriad swords of fire. Piercing the radiant waves of colour, they rose above them in glittering tongues of flame.

‘Their upward flashing was accompanied by a continuous crackling sound, which resembled somewhat an electrical storm. I waited on the lonely plateau till the light of the Aurora had faded. Only a few hours I had stood there, but in that short space of time I had seen an unmistakable proof that the planet on which we live is the centre of a vortex’, she said.

After this experience, Martha Craig travelled continually around Europe presenting her knowledge, theoretical discovery at Universities to expand the public insight into her theory, expand her contribution to poetry and to alternative medicine (likely learned from the Naskopie).

Today there is little left of this lost community, except the echoes of a distant past forgotten by time but remembered due to the people who emerged from this settlement, rarely when the lake drains of water, the cairns, foundations and ridges can be seen where the settlement used to sit. I have been photographing in this area for a long time and feel that these few images with the inclusion of the evocative prose I have included also will hopefully in partial, ring the echoes in the mind of the story deep within this area.

There are many thoughts and reasonings on the expanse of the community in these hills, but there is evidence of life here as far back as the Neolithic Era (around 10,000BC), these photographs are looking at life through the ages, not necessarily the Craig family alone, however, we are all specks of dust on this planet, so I feel personally that every inclusion has meaning.


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… From high up in the mountains after a woman has decided to move onto a different walk in life…

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…where there was a once a gate needed to contain, no longer holds restrictions on ones future…

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…or to create a clearing and only leave the echo of this distant community, too much at stake, too much time to focus, or a scatter in the bigger picture of the importance of human life on the grains of time in which we represent…

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…over the last few hundred years, how many sunrises were witnessed from this doorway and how many moments of life’s appreciation and acceptance of change, progress or decline were felt…

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…and in the end, it is water which seems to have the greatest presence. Felt as a dampener on this island which has been inhabited beyond the Neolithic times, a neutralising force of reason, clearing the mind and soul that rarely slows or changes, moving onto distance shores with the dreams of achieving a higher sense of being.

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Thanks for reading and any feedback or thoughts are much appreciated!

Analog double and triple exposures

Spent a day at the Zoo at the weekend with my wife, her sister and mother. I spent the time there trying out some double exposures with my 35mm camera. A few decent shots, but will be refining the technique further of the coming weeks.

Enjoy…

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^^ Over looking for food as I just opened a cereal bar.

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^^Female peacock looking more colourful than usual

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^^Grace with foliage texture

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^^My wife with a flower inside 🙂