R.I.P. Mr Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013).
On facing the death penalty, Nelson Mandela spoke from the dock at the culmination of the Rivonia Trial in April 1964
During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realised. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die
This shot was taken at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton South Africa where a larger than life bronze sculpture of Mandela watches over the comings and goings of the people.
Here is a larger version
No points please
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InasiaJones (31448) 2013-12-05 21:19
Good morning Rosemary!
You have all my admiration for this excellent photo!
From a strictly esthetic point of view, I think that you have captured the most interesting and quirky pairs of boots that contrast perfectly with Mandela's shoes.
Than your choice of cropping is fantastic, it's really striking. Your black and white conversion, with a hint of warm grey is also fabulous.
And finally, the theme by itself is very à-propos and I think your image and title are a very original homage to the Man.
P.S.: This "no points" thing never works... Specially with such an outstanding photo like that.
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-05 21:37
I welcome your today's post to TE in sombre mood. Beautiful composition and thinking behind this photo. Through this photo you have paid great tribute and homage to this true world leader who had dedicated his life for the downtrodden.
I woke up late today, did not get time to check the news, on my way to office now...checking TE on the way and got to know about the great man's death through your post.
My heart felt gratitude and thanks on an excellent contribution to TE.
adidas5nb (4690) 2013-12-05 21:57
wow..thats an amazing shot w.r.t. your note.really fantastically done.R.I.P. the GREAT MAN!
Wahclellaspirit (3961) 2013-12-05 22:10
Nelson Mandela is a figure that will never be forgotten in history for what he has accomplished, and for his battle to bring sanity from the darkness of humanity.
A Great Man!
olive224 (2719) 2013-12-05 23:06
Viva Nelson Mendela
bukitgolfb301 (34998) 2013-12-05 23:15
Hi dear Rosemary, how are you?
Very impressive B&W image at all vai good comparison / combination of small and big. So sharp and clear image as usual.
All the best and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo
Angshu (55039) 2013-12-05 23:26
Good Morning Rosemary!
A fantastic tribute to a giant of a man. This is a fantastic picture and superb in Black & White
My humble admiration to the great man & your fantastic picture!
mesutilgim (81578) 2013-12-05 23:39
Allthough you've added a notice "no points" to your entry I'll add -like many others- two points to this very nice entry; a perfect dedication to this great man of Africa.
TFS and have a nice weekend
yquem46 (38382) 2013-12-05 23:43
An excellent choice for the image and the title to get as close as possible to the recent news in RSA
Good idea furthermore to present it in b&w
Best regards, bravo
jjcordier (74650) 2013-12-05 23:52
Même si tu ne veux pas de point, une telle photo les mérite. Sublime hommage à ce grand homme qui vient de nous quitter. Espérons que les jeunes générations pourront se glisser dans ses traces de géant!
CLODO (29804) 2013-12-06 0:22
A funny picture with the different sizes of boots, a good remembrance of this GREAT man!
I saw recently a film "Mandela, a long way to freedom" and some years ago "Invictus".
Sorry I didn't read your note to the last sentence!
annjackman (18585) 2013-12-06 0:29
This is a wonderful tribute to the great man and a far better than the picture that I posted. The different footwear reminds us of the younger generations of people that admire him as much as the older ones. A great b/w conversion and an excellent image to mark this day of sorrow and reflection.
Kind Regards, Ann
Noel_Byrne (22260) 2013-12-06 0:33
A touching tribute, a beautiful photo to a great man. Today will indeed be a day when the whole world takes a moment to reflect on the legacy Nelson Mandela has left. What he fought for, what he achieved, what the world has learned. I was greatly saddened to learn of his passing last night, but in one way relieved for him, as he did seem to be suffering greatly in recent years, and I am glad he maintained his dignity so well. I love your photo here Rosemary, it’s a very powerful statement.
Words aren’t really enough and I don’t hold the eloquence to some up thoughts here. Thanks for a beautiful capture and share Rosemary.
Best wishes from Ireland
timecapturer (46655) 2013-12-06 2:29
lovey tribute shot this, so well thought through and so fitting at this time. Wonderful!
Have a great weekend - B.
trevormoffiet (2914) 2013-12-06 3:22
Great tribute. Black and white is an appropriate choice for this presentation.
snunney (80883) 2013-12-06 4:05
This is a very original dedication to this much loved man who affected so many lives all over the world. Black and white is very appropriate in more ways than one. Top class technical presentation.
Nicou (118372) 2013-12-06 5:11
quel bel hommage à ce grand homme et à tout sa vie et pensée et quelle compo quel contraste de pied et de james sueprbe iamge et cpatage mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
Sergiom (56819) 2013-12-06 5:15
Quelle jolie composition. De plus, elle dit tout ce qu'il y a à dire sur la mort de ce grand homme. L'utilisation du noir et blanc est très appropriée.
Il reste encore beaucoup de travail à faire dans ce magnifique pays.
holmertz (38851) 2013-12-06 7:53
I would repect your plea for no points, but since everybody else so far has awarded this photo a regular green smiley I will do the same. After all, a smiley is a small contribution to honor the life and work of a great man. This is a symbolically superb photo, cleverly composed and nicely cropped, and with a well chosen title.
cebe (1481) 2013-12-06 10:27
Hello Rosemary. You'll forgive me the points. This is a truly fine photo for the occasion. The accompanying text is also so well chosen and somehow summarizes the man. The symbolism conveyed by the "larger than life shoes" is striking. In addition, the conversion to b&w is excellent. Great post. Have a nice week-end. Claude.
Romano46 (16584) 2013-12-06 10:53
la foto è molto bella e ricca di significato, ma rispettando la tua volontà, ometto di assegnare ad essa dei punti.
Il tuo è un tributo ad un grande uomo che tu hai la fortuna di aver conosciuto meglio di noi europei, avendo vissuto e vivendo in un mondo nel quale la sua presenza ha avuto ed ha ancora grandi influenza.
Non posso che accondiscendere alle tue belle parole.
Un bellissimo pensiero ad uno dei personaggi che resterà nella storia universale.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
ourania (28576) 2013-12-06 13:02
it's not that I don't respect your request for no points but I think that many hours after your posting and after so many members have shown their appreciation in this way, I'll join them too. Your picture has a great artistic value and when you captured it, several months ago, you created a strong and touching metaphor that will stay with us in the future. For me, it was the first picture I saw, after I heard the sad news on the radio, it illustrated the words so subtly and effectively. In a time of great disillusionment, also as far as my country is concerned, I hope that Mandela's values and achievements will inspire us and make us see the best in us and our true potential. Thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
williewhistler (13205) 2013-12-06 13:03
there is a great poignancy about the imaginative composition.
The words on the plaque are most appropriate.
Kind regards Les.
Hansaphotos (6541) 2013-12-06 13:09
A very evocative picture excellently presented. Such a great choice for a tribute to this great man. As Ann points out the picture also contains a message about different generations. Excellent! Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend.
Royaldevon (27781) 2013-12-06 13:46
This brought a lump to my throat.
I have felt very great sadness that this great man has passed away but there is still happiness that he left South Africa a much more equal place. I have listened to people who knew him, I have watched films about his life and I am sure that we will not see a greater man in our life time!
Truly his shoes are a challenge for anyone to fill!
A very thoughtful dedication.
My good wishes,
carlo62 (29651) 2013-12-06 14:38
mi costa veramente fatica non darti dei punti e sto parlando della foto soltanto, perchè è molto bella e simpatica.
Ma la foto, in questo caso, è un omaggio a un grande uomo, uno di quei personaggi che possiamo essere orgogliosi di aver conosciuto nella nostra esistenza e il nocciolo della questione è proprio qui, si tratta di un Uomo. Ma se un uomo può fare tanto, perchè tutti gli altri uomini non si adeguano, non seguono certi insegnamenti, certe ideologie, siamo tutti uomini, abbiamo tutti gli stessi organi per muoversi e per vivere, ma non riusciamo a condividere gli stessi sentimenti.
Grazie per la tua dedica.
delpeoples (52871) 2013-12-06 18:22
Sorry, I've got to ignore your no points request, if I could give more than 2 I would. Both for your theme, your dedication to this great man and to the masterful brilliance of the photo. Perfect choice that charcoal/sepia tone. The composition, just concentrating on the different boots in the photo is both artistic and symbolic. Hopefully someone can follow in those huge footsteps and lead the country out of the mess that the country is presently in, and of course the confusion that will follow his death. A heartfelt note, as beautifully articulated as the photo.
dkmurphys (47798) 2013-12-06 23:22
Well spotted detail, a fine idea you had! May mr. M rest in peace!
Have a calm weekend.
Cricri (103343) 2013-12-07 0:30
Une image touchante , bien présenter en N/B, un très bel hommage a ce grand monsieur qui c'est tellement battu pour l'égalité entre les blancs et les noirs, cette image est un signe d'espoir....
krzychu30 (15354) 2013-12-07 8:53
another after Ann´s magnificent picture to commemorate Nelson Mandela!
Really like the way you frame the scene and juxtaposition of the peoples foots with sculpture.
I like to look at the scene and to find out its figurative sense-it really works on our imagination and let us interpret this scene in our own way.
Great tribute to a great man!
Wish You a pleasant weekend
fabbs99 (16147) 2013-12-07 11:09
Great tribute to the legendary leader.Very well shot and presented in monochrome.Truly big shoes hard to be filled up again.TFS.
lousat (74107) 2013-12-07 15:30
Hi Rosemry,a very very original capture,great idea for a beautiful pic,i like your choice of black and white too in PP,fantastic details and exposure,it's nice to see something of different on TE ! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
romanaa (7934) 2013-12-08 0:46
what to say, your picture, title and note tell it all. Great tribute to someone irreplaceable.
ktanska (24454) 2013-12-08 2:04
A quite touching shot to appreciate this great man. The title is excellent too. Good contrasty B&W implementation.
Highmountains (2255) 2013-12-08 7:26
RIP Nelson Mandela.
We in India have quite a different perspective on this giant of a man, than how he is viewed in the west.
The Boots are really really big to fill - too big for any good man of stature in world politics today.
It is a fantastic indicator that in front of those solid big boots would be the feet of the future - the children on whom the world has hope and faith.
And forget the 'grey'. the B/W photograph is so very symbolic. The idea - so powerful.
Thanks for sharing, Rosemary.
subhendu_bagchi (25420) 2013-12-08 7:59
wow, what an idea to show this scene like this way. Love the frame with those boots. Great presentation in monochrome. Strong composition. Very well done. Tfs.
jcpix (12738) 2013-12-08 9:13
This would be a fantastic photo regardless of the timing, but it holds even more meaning and impact due to the recent passing. What a smart and novel idea to compose a shot like this...talk about a sense of scale, and from only a limited portion of the statue! A fitting tribute indeed, done with class and reverence. I love the sepia treatment, perhaps because of the timing itself, but it feels to be just the ideal balance. Thanks for sharing the sentiment.
marabu61 (7877) 2013-12-08 15:15
The perfect tribute to a great man. The task he has set himself at reconciling the different people of South Africa where as big as his shoes here compared to the ordinary people that have some much to thank him.
The world has lost one of its greatest member, an example in humility and strength.
Rest in peace Madiba and all the best for the future for the great country that is South Africa.
rigoletto (34231) 2013-12-09 8:00
hi rosemary. extremely effective use of larger than life statue of mandela. usual photogs would easily be tempted to make a full size photo, but this is a proof that you are much more than a usual photog. compliments. no points? ok :)
worldcitizen (6663) 2013-12-09 18:17
This is an excellent tribute photo that's cleverly composed. Having the emphasis on the different shoes is a strong visual. I also like the inclusion of the plaque beneath the child's feet. Since most others gave points I'll add mine, too. :-)
gus72 (3719) 2013-12-13 23:00
Hi Rosemary !!
I am delighted that you got such a great response to this photo....I think that millions of persons all over the world are sorry about his passing.
I think that cropping the image the way you did has lifted this photo to a higher level
just Brilliant !!!!! so congratulations from me.
Kind regards from Australia.
adores (35196) 2013-12-18 14:38
Hard to find another one like him! This is surely a great homage, I like the b&w and the composition including just the feet. A photo with so much meaning!
emka (75335) 2013-12-21 14:10
I like very much this expression Big Shoes to Fill, and what a fantastic shot to illustrate it and to pay homage to the great man. Amazing composition, what a great idea and the realization is superb, no words to express it. it will be not easy, if possible to fill these shoes :).
I can imagine that you, living in africa so many years, must be specially saddened by the death of Mandela. But he achieved his goals, it is important.
Warm regrads Malgo
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (30199)
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- Date Taken: 2013-06-08
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