Londonewry, A Mythical Town, #2
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Londonewry, A Mythical Town, #2
1983, 30 x 36 cm

A favourite of mine because it's so beautiful. Chelsea Reach, familiar because I lived in Battersea for a while, is mixed into the Mass Rock in Ballyholland (pronounced Bally-hole-in) in the Mournes. As for the Mass Rock, though it commemorates penal times, I'm not at all sure if its origins are any later than the last century, but I still find the idea of people climbing a largish mountain to a big rock for religious activities very pagan and intoxicating.

I took a position high above people and the altar to photograph it, and way down in the valley you could see the row of tiny cars parked on the road. Then, during the mass, a mist rolled in and the world below us disappeared. Just amazingly beautiful.

It was shown for several weeks in the '80s in a gallery called The Slaughterhouse in Smithfield. It had actually been a slaughterhouse and had water running down the walls. When I got the work back it had exotically coloured insect life attached. The photographic paper I'd used was East European, probably using gelatin and when I touched it, smeared as you can see. I left it because firstly, I wasn't going to cut it again and probably couldn't find the negatives. Secondly, I like it.



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