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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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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/
It must have been a long exposure; see how many ghostly assistants are in this similar one - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334083
Not sure if this is the right cave - CaveView - goo.gl/maps/vvFFyV4C2rH2
Many a time I walked through it a low tide.
Congratulation for your beautiful Album.
I wonder if he put the camera box there for scale? Odd, since the general public would not know how big it was.
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":—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...
that's a weirdly interesting photo
Wow this is fantastic.
This is a stunning photograph.