The Giant’s Causeway, Antrim Northern Ireland
Forged in Fire
The Giant’s Causeway
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Photograph by Aidan Monaghan
The Giant’s Causeway is a breathtaking complex of hexagonal columns of basalt that lead like ‘stepping stones’ from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. The geological enigma of the causeway and myths associated with it is something that has captured my imagination from an early age and I have attempted to give some sense of this in the photograph ‘Forged in Fire’.
The photograph with its bold red, blue and purple tones draw in the eye. In the foreground the irregular complex of hexagonal ‘stepping stones’ lead one’s eye towards the horizon and the crisp diagonal light trails of red and purple formed by the clouds in the after glow of the setting sun. Both the geometry of the sky and stones are bound together almost seamlessly by the Sea of Moyle. The sea flows like a heavy mist linking the land to the sky and the past to the present.
There have been many different theories and scientific arguments to explain the origins of the Causeway stones and the reasons for their unique shape and form. Standing amongst those columns of stone on a mid summers evening at sunset, the question of what the causeway is, rather than what it is made of, is something that appeals to our deeper imagination and suggests that a legendary giant, undoubtedly had some hand in its creation.
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