The 12 Days of Solstice

In 2016, in the lead-up to the winter solstice at Newgrange, I released a series of images called The 12 Days of Solstice. Each day I released a new image until the day of the solstice itself. Here is that series of images, in one gallery, for you to enjoy.


The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 1

The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 2

The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 3

 The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 4

The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 5

The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 6

The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 7

The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 8

The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 9

The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 10

The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 11

The 12 Days of Solstice - Day 12

Watch the whole series of images set to music on this YouTube video:

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