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Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland

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Kilmainham is a powerful place, drenched in Irish history. The final shot is of the Victorian wing, built on the theory of the Panopticon by Jeremy Bentham. Fewer men could control greater numbers of prisoners by their ability to see in all directions. The powerful combination of sight and control, evident here, is also something which relates to photography.

Not only can one see everything in this prison palace, the acoustics are incredibly good, so guards could also hear conversations. As a result, this open part of Kilmainham is used for performances.

The prison door of Eaomon de Valera. He went on to become a president of the Irish Republic. Many others however, were executed, by the British and the Irish. Now Ireland has new kinds of troubles, better ones.
2nd Dec 2010, 02:28   | tags:,,

midlife says:

Nice series

5th Dec 2010, 00:26

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