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Dunluce Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Dunluce Castle
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Photograph by Aidan Monaghan
Dunluce Castle sits majestically crowning a dark basalt outcrop.
Many have laid claim to the castle over the centuries but none could hold her in perpetuity.
Like the elusive Mermaids Cave which sits beneath, the castle is borne from the sea and cliffs.
The photograph was taken in late summer. The weather in these final few weeks of August was wet and stormy.
The atmosphere on that evening was humid and heavy, as the wind and waves approaching the shoreline trundled in.
This made conditions for shooting very difficult indeed. Also the persistent march of the rising tide meant that I had to continually change position as the water moved higher up the beach.
It was just after sunset that I made my final capture after several hours watching and waiting. A slow shutter speed enabled me to recreate a sense of continuous and relentless motion with Dunluce etched against the coastal skyline. The movement of the waves and clouds against the solid castle structure conjures up a sense of embattled motion, while also being embraced by the elements of sea and sky.
It is said that Dunluce Castle served as the inspiration for Cair Paravel from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis. Lewis writes how the Pevensie children return to Narnia and land at Cair Paravel and do not recognize the place, at first, as their old home. But slowly the reality that they had been there before dawns on them. In the same way for me, standing on that familiar beach at Dunluce is like experiencing that place for the first time and in doing so it always reveals something new to me.

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Dunluce Castle<br />
County Antrim, Northern Ireland<br />
Photograph by Aidan Monaghan<br />
Dunluce Castle sits majestically crowning a dark basalt outcrop.<br />
Many have laid claim to the castle over the centuries but none could hold her in perpetuity.<br />
Like the elusive Mermaids Cave which sits beneath, the castle is borne from the sea and cliffs.<br />
The photograph was taken in late summer. The weather in these final few weeks of August was wet and stormy.<br />
The atmosphere on that evening was humid and heavy, as the wind and waves approaching the shoreline trundled in.<br />
This made conditions for shooting very difficult indeed.  Also the persistent march of the rising tide meant that I had to continually change position as the water moved higher up the beach.<br />
It was just after sunset that I made my final capture after several hours watching and waiting. A slow shutter speed enabled me to recreate a sense of continuous and relentless motion with Dunluce etched against the coastal skyline. The movement of the waves and clouds against the solid castle structure conjures up a sense of embattled motion, while also being embraced by the elements of sea and sky.<br />
It is said that Dunluce Castle served as the inspiration for Cair Paravel from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis. Lewis writes how the Pevensie children return to Narnia and land at Cair Paravel and do not recognize the place, at first, as their old home. But slowly the reality that they had been there before dawns on them. In the same way for me, standing on that familiar beach at Dunluce is like experiencing that place for the first time and in doing so it always reveals something new to me.