Sunday photoblogging: Baltimore, Cork.

by Chris Bertram on March 1, 2015



rea 03.01.15 at 1:12 pm

1631–the village of Baltimore is kidnapped and sold into slavery by North African pirates. Just read that somewhere last week.


Linnaeus 03.02.15 at 3:00 am

“We used to make shit in this country. Build shit.”


Meredith 03.02.15 at 5:55 am

Having been engrossed in 19th century US Baltimore (and NYC) recently, I found this picture arresting.

Yes, build shit. But that rapes the earth (all that iron — more limited then hemp, I guess). Then convey whatever goods are on that ship via the fuel (all that coal or oil). How about wind again?


PlutoniumKun 03.02.15 at 6:46 am

Baltimore is in a very beautiful location, and yes, it was the site of the only large scale arabic pirate attack in Britain and Ireland – 100 people were kidnapped as slaves (mostly English settlers, not locals). That photo is taken in the tiny abandoned boatyard – a sad place, associated with what was once one of the worst Industrial Schools (essentially boys orphanages which put them to work as virtual slaves) in Ireland. The school was closed down by the government in 1950 after horror stories emerged about the treatment of the boys there.


Minnow 03.02.15 at 9:58 am

HDR madness!


PJW 03.02.15 at 11:19 pm

Besides the awesome chains and cables, I really like the colors on the stone to the right and to the left, especially the red on the left. Is that from ships rubbing up against the stone?


PlutoniumKun 03.03.15 at 8:13 am

PJW, I think that red mark is nothing more than some painted over graffiti. Thanks to the miracle of googlemaps I’ve had a look at where the photo was taken from. Its not the old boatyard west of the village centre which I thought it was – its the slip which is still used for raising boats for repair in the main harbour.


Chris Bertram 03.03.15 at 3:45 pm

I might have boosted the shadows, Minnow, but it isn’t HDR


PJW 03.03.15 at 7:40 pm

Thanks, PK!


Minnow 03.04.15 at 9:07 am

Fooled me, the foreground jumped out as HDR, must have been a hefty boost I guess. Impressive detail recovery in the in the shadows, though. Must be a mighty sensor.

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