Capturing History Challenge – Week 3

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We have a stunning collection of images in store for this weekend. I have been so excited over the last few days waiting to see what came in, and I was not let down. Each and every entry for this week’s challenge is unique and has an important history associated with it. Some are well known and some are not, but I don’t think that will make a difference. The biggest kick I get is to come across a new site and then go off and learn all about it. So thank you to everyone whom contributed to this week’s challenge. This is by far the biggest one to date, so keep them coming in, don’t be shy. If you have submitted an image before, you know the score. And for those of you who have not yet participated! DON’T BE SHY, I really want to hear from you. Check out the end of this post for details on how you can join in on the fun. As always the idea behind this challenge is to raise the awareness of people to the fact that our little world is filled with fantastic history and heritage, which is sadly forgotten about and ignored or destroyed. If you missed out on last week’s Challenge, you can check it out HERE.

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  1. David Hume’s tomb @ Old Carlton cemetery by Geoff Le Par @ TanGental

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2. Skellig Michael, Ireland by Autum Wagner @ Autumnchangesblog

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3. Lady of Lydlinch, East Dorset, England by Gordon Le pard @ GordonlePard

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4. Knowth Megalithic Passage Tomb, Boyne Valley, Ireland by Ali Isaac @ Ali IsaacStoryteller

Ikuta Jinja

5. Ikuta Jinja – Shinto Shrine, Kobe, Japan by Daniel Schnee @ DanielSchnee

Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

6. Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet by Jennifer Barnes @ SeatSixA

Whitby Abbey

7. Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire, England by Debunker @ CassidySlangScam

Waltham Abbey

8. King Harold’s Grave Marker,Waltham Abbey, England by Phil Platt @ WheresPhil

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Rinaskiddy Farmhouse, Cork, Ireland by Rose Massingham @ ReturningNemo

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Wells Medieval Cathedral, Somerset, England by Sue Vincent @ Daily Echo


Kilteel Castle, Kildare, Ireland by Ed Mooney @ EdMooneyPhotography

Kilteel Castle dates back to the 15th century and was built on the site of an earlier monastery. Some of the ruins of which can still be seen. This was one of my first adventures in Ruinhunting. You can read all about its history HERE

I think that you will agree, we had a great bunch of submissions this week. I would love be able to include  a bit of history on each and every one of them, but I don’t think I would have the space to do so. Many of the contributors will have this included on their own blog, so if any or all of the sites this week appeal to you, please feel free to drop a line in the comments section below. Or even better yet, click on the link located underneath each image and check out what they are up too. Im sure that they would be only too happy to hear from you and answer any questions you might have.

So here is how you too, can join in;

The plan is quite simple, each Wednesday I will be posting an image of a random site with a heritage connection. Any images sent in will be included in the challenge along with your name and a link to your site. Full credit is given to each participant. The joy of this challenge is that we can all participate and share our images whilst raising the awareness of our own particular History and Heritage. The image can be anything from an old Church or Castle, to a Battlefield or Neolithic tomb, the choices are endless. And you can capture the image on any device you choose to. It can be in colour, black and white or any variation. The important thing is that we share.

And so to make sure that the challenge runs smoothly here are a few notes on how to participate:

  • All images must have been taking by you, there is no time restriction on this and you retain the copyright for your images
  • Images should be submitted via email by no later than midnight GMT on the Sunday before so I can ensure the challenge is ready to be posted on the Wednesday morning. My email address is
  • You don’t have to even have to be a WordPress blogger. This challenge is open to everyone, please include your name and a link back to your blog, website or social media page.
  • Images should be kept at low resolution with the largest side at 1000 pixels or less, if you need help with this you can pm me.
  • Once the challenge is published I will delete all files and mails from that week .
  • Each contributor should write a small piece about their image on their blog, for readers to check out, or at least the history behind the shot by adding  to the comments of each challenge.

Fingers crossed we will have some more fantastic Images, History and Heritage to share with you next Wednesday.

About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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54 Responses to Capturing History Challenge – Week 3

  1. Ali Isaac says:

    Wow! You DID get a lot of entries this week! You have really captured our imaginations with this challenge Ed! Some great images and amazing places! Fabulous!

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  3. linnetmoss says:

    These are wonderful!

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  5. Reblogged this on Daniel Schnee and commented:

    I just thought I would let you all know that Irish ruin hunter/photographer Ed Mooney has one of the video stills from my film Girl Eating An Airplane (1999) up on his blog as part of his “Capturing History” Challenge. It is an image of Ikuta JInja’s Main Gate.

    Ikuta Jinja is a Shinto shrine located in Kobe, Japan, just a couple of block north of the Sannomiya Train Station. It is considered by the resident priests and lay followers to be the winter home of Amaterasu O-mikami, the Sun Goddess. I spent three years studying traditional court music (gagaku/kagura) at Ikuta, and also had the opportunity to participate in some of the rituals, a rare privilege for a foreigner.

    The image is taken from Girl Eating An Airplane, a film with which I performed live improvised musical accompaniment to, touring around the Kansai Area (Western Japan). It is a video still of Ikuta’s main gate, captured from inside the shrine, looking south towards the Bay of Osaka. It was taken on an old VHS camcorder then run through a digital postcard maker in order to capture the grainy/hazy look of videotape while adding a slightly pixelated look. I purposely did this to try and capture not so much the image of the gate, but to try and capture the “quality” of aging memory, colors fading and forms dissolving in the mind with the passage of time, and an accompanying melancholy of ‘losing’ the image as the years pass. Thus it is grainy and hazy on purpose.

    History can be engaging, but when it is personal it takes on emotional form(s). Where others see an interesting looking Shinto gate, I see my feelings captured in the haze of old video footage. I see my own gratitude for having experience Ikuta personally, as well as the “loss” of never being able to go back to those days, forever lost in time but captured briefly in a gauzy still… the fog of aging memory.

    Hope you all like it. For more, go to Ed’s blog: 

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    • Thanks so much Dan, just saw it and RT, really excited about this week so many different and wonderful places have been shared. Fingers crossed next week will be as good if not better 🙂

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      • As long as we get the word out, I hope it will inspire people to submit… especially people with no training, as this challenge is to bring everyone together over history, not just the beauty or perfection of the photos themselves. Even a picture of what is rather common locally can be exotic to those who have never been to the area. Thus what is a rather ordinary sight in Japan (Shinto shrines) becomes something amazing to those far away.

        I hope that is the message that gets across…

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        • Well said Dan, much of what we take for granted as we have become accustomed too is a gem for others, like the old phrase ‘One mans thrash is another mans gold’. Not that I am saying that any of these fantastic peices of history are thrash, if you get what I mean?
          For many, we may never get a chance to experience some of these special places, but I hope that we can at least give people a glimpse of wat is out there 🙂

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  6. KL Caley says:

    Wow, so many beautiful photographs and intriguing places. Great job everyone. I love this challenge, it’s so inspiring!! Favourite of all the pics this week is the Whitby entry it’s so atmospheric, would make a great book cover! Can’t wait to see what appears 🙂

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  8. wheresphil says:

    Thanks for including Harold’s grave marker Ed, honoured to be included with such a great group. Lots of reading to do now.

    I will have to have a look for something for next weeks challenge!

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  9. Thanks for including mine and for sharing all the other wonderful submissions!

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  10. TanGental says:

    Great stuff Eddie; I’m impressed by the range. I love the Lhasa image especially – a place of dreams, methinks. Now to go and rummage in the photo collection and out do the brother (competitive, me?)!!

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  11. King Harold’s Grave for me I think!

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  12. noelleg44 says:

    These are all fabulous, Ed. I was particularly taken with Knowth and Whitby Abby.

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  13. Sue Vincent says:

    Reblogged this on Daily Echo and commented:
    Still time to send Ed your photographs for this week’s Capturing History…


  14. Karen says:

    Reblogged this on My train of thoughts on… and commented:
    Ed Mooney – Capturing History Challenge (Week 3)
    Enjoy awesome photos and amazing places!

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  15. Awesome post. All of the images are so inspiring.

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  16. beetleypete says:

    Another wonderful selection, Ed. This has turned out to be a great idea!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  17. Wonderful idea, beautiful pictures. I didn’t know you could even get to Skellig Michael any more! Wish I had a camera…

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  18. Reblogged this on Jane Dougherty Writes and commented:
    What beautiful bunch of photographs! If you think you’d like to join in, please do.


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  20. jazzfeathers says:

    This is a truly outstanding collection, and so diverse. I can’t even decide which one is my favourite… though the Whitby Abbey one is definitaly haunting.

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  21. You travel a lot to capture these gems !!!!. God Bless . Envy you really !!!!

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