Ogham Stone – Monochrome Madness Challenge

Donard Ogham Stone

For the last week and a bit, I have been busy working through posts from my recent trip through Glendalough. On the same trip I came across this stunning Ogham stone in the middle of a small rural village in Wicklow. It is the first one that I have seen in person and was so excited about sharing it that I decided to use it for this weeks MMC. I wont go into much detail about the stone as I intend on doing a detailed post about it real soon. Suffice to say these are a significant part of Gaelic heritage and are quite rare to come across. I f you cant wait for the full post, my fellow Irish Blogger Ali Isaac did a fantastic piece on the subject which strongly recommend you check out.

Ogham; The Secret Code of our Ancestors

Shot on my ever reliable D40 in colour and then converted to B&W in CS6. And that was it.  The rest of this weeks MMC images will go live some time later today over on Leanne Cole’s Blog, depending on your time zone. Each week there are contributions from from photographers around the globe, with last weeks set really raising the bar, with probably the best collection of images to date. So whether you are looking for inspiration or have a thing for black & white photography, you know were to find it. 🙂

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About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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20 Responses to Ogham Stone – Monochrome Madness Challenge

  1. Ali Isaac says:

    Ed it looked fab in colour but looks really striking in b&w… you can see the carving so much more clearly. Cant wait to find out what it says! Hope youre translating it for us when you do your post!

    Btw thank you so much for the mention!

    • My pleasure Ali, your post was well worth sharing. The stone was translated in the 19th century and said to read ” IAQINI KOI MAQI MUC..” but it is badly damaged and worn with only part of the text being legible 😦

  2. Good shot – it still amazes me that what we non-ruin hunters would look on as “just a rock” – you see and understand its history and significance.

  3. colonialist says:

    Such ‘talking stones’ are truly fascinating.

  4. lauramacky says:

    I love all the different tones of b&w you got here. Nice one.

  5. lizcarey2014 says:

    Very cool! and the story Ali Isaac’s information about the Ogham Stones is brilliant! I have an Irish heritage and I had never heard about them.

  6. Tuaim says:

    I love the rustic B& W. Thank you for preserving it. I wonder, though, how it is that the eye sees colors, but B&W evoke such deep reminiscing; Pondering? If we lived in a colorless world, would we take more interest in it?

    • A very good point. I guess aside from the mood and atmosphere that B&W can give, the distraction of color lets you see more of the image 🙂

      • Tuaim says:

        Yes, it would make a fascinating study. I think it transports people. Like peeping into dreams. I did portraits for a number of years. Back then, B&W tint was controlled by the type of film and paper we used. Messy days in the lab.

        • So I believe, it’s something I would love to learn, one of the old lads in my camera club is an die hard film user. He is always taken the piss out of us for using digital. But to be fair anything we can do in Photoshop, he can do in the dark room😁

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