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Wicklow Trees, County Wicklow, Ireland

Accession Number

Wicklow Trees, County Wicklow, Ireland

Alen MacWeeney

Artist Nationality
New Ireland

Object Creation Date
1965-1966, printed 1979

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

19 15/16 in x 16 in (50.7 cm x 40.6 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Carl W. Melcher

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a view of the Irish countryside in County Wicklow, and was created at the base of a hillock looking upwards. A cluster of trees stand silhouetted along the hilltop, their black, leafless canopies starkly contrasting with the overcast sky. Downhill towards the camera, the grassy slope abruptly breaks into an eroded rock-strewn bank that drops into a small pool. The water’s surface is perfectly still and mirror-like, reflecting the blades of the scraggily tall grass that sprout along its edges. A gnarled log rests at an incline down the bank. The various shifts in elevation in this photograph create a series of shadowy horizontal bands that steadily move down the slope towards the viewer. The effect of this lends the landscape a sense of eerie beauty that is at once bleak and sumptuous.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a view of a hilly landscape. A cluster of leafless trees dot the hill and a small pool of water sits at its base.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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fields (land)
landscapes (environments)
log (wood)
modern and contemporary art
nature photography
pools (bodies of water)

3 Related Resources

(Part of: Land and People)
Landscape and Nature, Comparative and Historical
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Nature in Photography
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)

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