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A face in the flames at Uisneach Bealtaine fire

A face in the flames at Uisneach Bealtaine fire

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After sharing this photo of the Uisneach Bealtaine Fire Festival fire on social media, quite a few of you pointed out that this photo appears to show a face in the flames.
I did not notice this when downloading the file from my camera, or when resizing it and putting the Mythical Ireland watermark on it before upload. I have since looked through several dozen other photographs I took of the Uisneach fire and can find nothing similar to this.
Through a quirk of happenstance, I captured this image at 1/50th of a second on my Nikon camera and the flames at that fraction of a second looked like a distinctive face (or half-face!) with an eye, a nose and a mouth. Is this just pareidolia, where humans tend to make familiar shapes from random patterns? Or is it something else? I find it fascinating, but my own view is that people will make of it what they want to make of it. I'm just glad to have been there, at Uisneach, among such a wonderful crowd of people, enjoying a modern celebration of a very ancient event.


Printed on high quality photographic paper that is fade resistant. The watermark (logo) shown is not on the final print.


Medium Landscape
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H x W
20.3cm x 30.5cm
8" x 12"

Large Landscape
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H x W
30.5cm x 45.7cm
12" x 18"

Extra Large Landscape
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H x W
61.0cm x 40.6cm
24" x 16"

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H x W
91.4cm x 60.0cm
36" x 24"

Portrait prints are the same dimensions except the height and width are swapped.

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  • Exclusive

    All of my prints are limited to a numbered run of just 100. Each item is individually printed to order by a specialist printshop in Drogheda using archive quality photographic paper.

  • Print Quality

    The image on the website is low resolution with a watermark. The prints are very high resolution, accurately coloured, with no watermark. Each one is signed and numbered on the rear.

  • Unique

    I am one of Ireland's best-known ancient monuments photographers. I have an eye for evocative imagery that reminds the viewer of the timelessness of the mythical Irish landscape.

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