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Having lugged his "Royal" camera down to the beach, Mr. French persisted and took this unusual shot of the light entering a cave at Ballybunion in County Kerry. Unusual for a number of reasons - not least of which clearly he is experimenting in low light photography and has done remarkably well for the facilities and equipment he had available.

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_04281

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    • 03/Oct/2018 07:36:17

    Ooo! Mr French goes beachcombing ... Flickr is sometimes amazing! In July 2018 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerrylane18/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerrylane18/28782695977/

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    • 03/Oct/2018 07:41:49

    It must have been a long exposure; see how many ghostly assistants are in this similar one - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334083

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    • 03/Oct/2018 07:49:09

    Not sure if this is the right cave - CaveView - goo.gl/maps/vvFFyV4C2rH2

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    • 03/Oct/2018 08:31:54

    Many a time I walked through it a low tide.

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    domenico milella

    • 03/Oct/2018 08:36:29

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 03/Oct/2018 09:18:11

    I wonder if he put the camera box there for scale? Odd, since the general public would not know how big it was.

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    • 03/Oct/2018 09:32:46

    Trove has several stories about the Ballybunion caves, including this tale of the rocks on fire from 1906 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/38087377 And a literary reference - Tennyson and Ireland. It is not generally known that Tennyson was a lover of Ireland, of national Ireland;, and the Irish people, too. We learn from Dr. Graves that it was in one of the Ballybunion caves that Tennyson composed these lines in "Merlin and Vivian":—

    So dark a forethought rolled about his brain, As on a dull day in an ocean cave, The blind wave feeling round his long sea-hall In silence.
    From - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/171790768?searchTerm=b... (published 1932) Ed. Confirmed - Tennyson was there in 1842 - search.proquest.com/openview/2fed76a834641db5/1?pq-origsi...

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    • 03/Oct/2018 10:07:37

    that's a weirdly interesting photo

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    coordinated window

    • 03/Oct/2018 10:11:03

    Wow this is fantastic.

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    • 03/Oct/2018 13:46:20

    This is a stunning photograph.

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    • 04/Oct/2018 01:17:14

    Wow Excellent

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 04/Oct/2018 08:00:07