Today it is Nelson Mandela’s 95 birthday. He remains in hospital in Pretoria while the world and South Africa hold events celebrating in his honour. People are urged to spend 67 minutes in charitable acts; Mandela gave 67 years in public service striving for a more humane society.
This is another shot taken in Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg. People love to have their photographs taken standing next to this giant of a man.
More information about Mandela Day can be seen here http://www.mandeladay.com/static/about-mandela-day and more can be read about the life of Mandela can be read http://www.nelsonmandela.org
I have posted a WS colour shot for Bev.
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Hansaphotos (7031) 2013-07-18 0:38
Yes, this giant of a man. A superb b&w photo to tribute his 95 years birthday - congratulations to both of you! A clever viewpoint you have chosen, looking over the square almost from his or the statue`s point of view. Lovely work my friend:) TFS.
Best regards, Erling
Royaldevon (31455) 2013-07-18 0:57
Thank you for this information, Rosemary. I can tell you are a fan of this great man, who is popular with everyone throughout the world.
Your photograph seems reflective, a big man, looking out over the city that he has influenced. The many figures certainly help to show the scale of the statue.
You have good guide lines and interesting details.
I don't know, I feel, maybe it would be good in colour, for he is such a colourful character who seems to promote singing and laughter.
Have a great day,
subhendu_bagchi (25913) 2013-07-18 1:18
a nice tribute to this grean man (rather human being)... Great composition. Like this monochrome effect very much. Nice sharpness and superb light. Excellent one indeed. Tfs.
Nicou (125550) 2013-07-18 4:37
quelle compo NB merveilleux quelle personnage en premier plan dans la partie d'ombre et la vue sur la place sueprbe compo et iamge mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2013-07-18 4:40
a glorious tribute to a legendry statesman who has influenced so many. We all hope that he is not suffering and makes a recovery, but then we also have to be realistic. This works so beautifully in B&W and I do prefer the monochrome version (sorry Bev). The light seems to be more radiant in this version and seems to bring more scale and depth to the effect. His silhouetted statue seems to be more dominant and evocative which is because of the lack of any distracting colourful elements. Only my opinion I know, but I do love the shot and the presentation here is original and creative. So full marks!
Sergiom (63326) 2013-07-18 5:22
J'ai bien la malheureuse impression que l'on prolonge sa vie bien inutilement. Sa vie fut très inspirante, il est maintenant temps de le laisser partir. J'aime ce point de vue qui donne l'impression qu'il est encore là pour veiller sur son pays.
dkmurphys (50548) 2013-07-18 6:11
Nice capture to celebrate the event. Hope he will be recovered to enjoy some more years of his life. Good artistic catch, enjoy a fine day.
tyro (21054) 2013-07-18 8:37
And who would not wish to have their photograph taken next to this giant statue - or indeed not wish to be associated with this giant of a human being too?
An excellent photograph which works very well in black and white and your use of a wide lens had added to the strength of perspective and also the impact of the image. The lighting is superb too, the strong linear shadow crossing the square in a strong diagonal with Nelson Mandela's statue in quite marked shade compared to the distant view.
Excellent light and contrasts, perfect exposure (in difficult conditions) and exquisite depth of field and sharpness.
Noel_Byrne (25960) 2013-07-18 8:59
Happy Birthday Madiba!
I'm really glad to see this icon from this side too Rosemary, its a fine statue and I see it stands in a very fine formal public space. The black and white suits this perfectly and the people all around the statue give a great scale, and remind me of Gullivers Travels. Great shot, thanks for sharing.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-07-18 9:14
Very good capture with splendid composition and amazing usage of B&W filter.Awesome details and lightning usage.Very good POV and details.Congratulations.
Have a nice day
marabu61 (8931) 2013-07-18 11:20
Happy birthday to Madiba on this occasion. I hope that his health will improve soon again, because I am not sure if South Africa is ready to loose him yet.
Madiba is not only a giant in this statue, as you write, but a giant as a human being to. He has done so much for the country and thus influenced the whole world. If only there where more like him.
And when it is time for him to go, I just do hope that the family will overcome their pitty squabbles about his heritage too.
I think the black and white approach was the right choice for this one, it really is a strong composition with Mandela looking over his beloved people.
have a great evening
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-07-18 11:26
superb composition to commemorate this great Man,who devoted his whole life for the freedom and his country.
The POV and perspective from behind the statue creates here excellent visual effect.Also the choise of B&W as well as your treatment were outstanding!
alpi1500 (1518) 2013-07-18 11:45
carlo62 (35570) 2013-07-18 13:28
sicuramente un personaggio di grande livello e noi possiamo dire di aver avuto la fortuna di vivere nel suo tempo.
95 sono gli anni che è vissuto mio nonno, spero che Mandela riesca a vivere altri 100 anni fisicamente, ma vivrà per sempre nel ricordo degli uomini.
delpeoples (53873) 2013-07-18 21:37
Having seen the up close and personal version, this is a real treat to get the whole context of this impressive statue and the square that it dominates. Excellent wide angle shot and a great choice for B&W. The perspective created by the radiating lines is wonderful and I love how huge Mandela seems, towering over the people that scurry about their business. What a wonderful concept too, 67 minutes of charitable works. A kind of "pay it forward" to honour this great man. I heard on the radio that Mr Mandela is improving slowly, which is wonderful news as the Press had gleefully written him off.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely Friday
danos (88519) 2013-07-19 2:34
nice the view of this B/W scene as dedicated to 95's years old Nelson Mandela.I like the whole synthesis,the created shadows and the perspective as lead-in the eye on the other side of the square.
chanteuse (210) 2013-07-19 6:01
I heard some of the Mandela Day celebrations on NPR last night. 67 years - I am 67 years old today and will be 68 tomorrow. I remember those days quite well in the American south, before the civil rights movement. Black and white is appropriate to capture those times - color photography was in its infancy. This could be a photo on the cover of Life...
I also like the b&w because of the way it brings out the strong contrasts of light and shade and the geometry of the diagonal lines which all point forward. May we keep moving forward and not lose the progress that this man helped to bring...
annjackman (20341) 2013-07-19 7:03
Well done for marking this special day. A great view of this statue and Nelson Mandela square that works well in b/w. A crisp image with lovely tones.
We had a meal at a lovely restaurant in the square that looked towards this statue.
Kind Regards, Ann
p.s. sweltering heat in the UK with a prolonged heatwave.
bayno (18344) 2013-07-20 4:10
these are the men who change the world, which restores hope to the poor people, who give their lives for their ideals, a touching B&W well done, with good management of light and excellent detail, nice tones...
have a good WE...
macondo (18623) 2013-07-21 1:45
A great shot to celebrate his life. Superb point of view and good strong contrast and tonality in this conversion. The photo also makes great play of the architectural shapes and patterns, and those radiating lines on the square itself. I imagine that I would have cloned out the crane and corrected distortion, but just why, I don't know! Thanks for the great note.
EstudioChispa (2070) 2013-08-06 12:07
Allow me to join the applauding chorus. I adore the thematic light and shadow, black and white, by which you illuminate the biography and stunning achievements of Madiba!
ourania (33859) 2013-08-12 13:26
a great and marvellously realized idea to show the grand statue from this point of view. Your monochrome treatment, aided by excellent sharpness and strong contrast, has given the scene a fascinating intellectual allure. The great man, standing now discreetly and inevitably in the shade, is handing over to the people the responsibility to make sure the values he's fought for are preserved and passed on. It's really awesome and touching if you read the picture this way. It also has superb depth, graphism and sense of movement. The buildings are impressive but the crane in the distance might be symbolic too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
adores (38877) 2013-08-12 17:39
A very good post for the occasion. The statue seems huge compared to the people around - it gives the feeling he's watching and talking to them. Good pov and very good in b&w!
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31617)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-06-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork, Event
- Exposure: f/16, 1/80 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): My Monochromes [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-18 0:08
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