Kilmorey Mausoleum 20th October 2016

Having visited the Kilmorey Mausoleum initially in September, I needed to arrange a further visit to take some further photos.

I’d contacted the Environment Trust and was disheartened to hear that the next opportunity would be during the Open House event in mid December. This would have been too late as the project needs to be finished by 8th December. No way I could do this in time…

I was initially disappointed, but determined to find out if there was a possibility of seeing it before that date. Luckily, when I spoke to another person within the trust, they had organised a visit the following day. Would I like to join them? Of course I said ‘yes’. Was so grateful for that opportunity!

The next day, I arrived about 10 minutes before the arranged time. Good job I did as the parking is a bit limited nearby. While walking from the car to the site, I too some shots on my approach using the 50mm lens.

This is the wall outside on the road and the gate to the garden:

When I went inside I met Sophie Harman, plus Martin Day and an American called Nathan Evans. Sophie is the Heritage Project Manager (Historic Buildings) and Horticultural Coordinator (Model Market Garden) for the trust.

I realised that I’d met Martin before. He’s a volunteer for the trust who gave a brief tour of the mausoleum and told its story during the September open day. He’s a very outgoing and entertaining individual with a wonderful depth of knowledge of the local area.

Nathan is a travel writer who is penning his first novel set during the mid Victorian era. Part of the plot involves the Kilmorey Mausoleum and several other stone resting places in London and Paris. Will be worth looking out for when it’s published in a couple of years time.

While these two were chatting away, I quietly got on with my own mission. The following, again, were taken with the 50mm lens. This had its advantages and disadvantages.

External shots

Not happy with some of these – just couldn’t get back far enough to get the perspective.

Detailed external shots

This is where the 50mm lens comes into its own. Great for capturing details and getting close up.

Internal shots

I certainly will need a tripod to capture the light inside. Quite magical…

Hand shots

I really liked the hand shots – it reminded me of the work of Helena Almeida which I saw previously at The Photographers Gallery. This is where the 50mm came into its own. One major thing to consider next time.

Last, but not least, I had to concoct some abstracts…

Criteria Ref: P1, P2, P4, P5

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