Ghostly Images Covered in Dust

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Numerous glass negatives waited,

casually archived on wide windowsill,

old Mount Ievers images reinstated,

the curious photographer thrilled.

 

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Ghostly images all covered in dust:

proud this Georgian mansion stands,

hippo-hipped ladies, large in bust,

dainty parasols held in genteel hands.

 

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Big dogs patiently pull baby heirs,

al fresco picnics and staff standing stiff,

well dressed children pose on stairs:

all these survived any inferno whiff.*

 

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Light through negatives burned,

resurrected an earlier opulence,

life-breath to these long-dead returned:

privileged poses of former occupants.

 

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Carefully copied hundreds of plates,

old occupants curiously observed,

into the night, working hard and late:

big house history now pixel-preserved.

 

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* At least 76 Big Houses are estimated to have been burnt down by the IRA during the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) – and 199 more during the Civil War that followed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_of_Irish_country_houses_(1919%E2%80%931923)

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Mount Ievers photo gallery: https://louishemmings.com/gallery/mount-levers/

Images shot by https://www.instagram.com/dora_kazmierak/

Mount Ievers video-short documentary https://vimeo.com/435533279

Mount Ievers website: https://mountieverscourt.ie/

 

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