A visitor is about to touch the feet of one of the Atlantes of Hermitage Museum, just for good luck.
An atlas is, in classical European architecture, a support sculpted in the form of a man, which may take the place of a column, a pier or a pilaster.
The term atlantes is the Latin plural of the name Atlas – the Titan who was forced to hold the sky on his shoulders for eternity.
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many buildings were built with glorious atlantes that look much like the Greek ones. Their selection from the two proposed designs—the other design using Caryatids—for the entrance of the Hermitage Museum that was built for Tsar Nicholas I of Russia made atlantes become even more fashionable. The portico of this building has ten enormous atlantes, approximately three times life-size, carved from Serdobol granite, which were designed by Johann Halbig and executed by the sculptor, Alexander Terebenev.
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emka (73847) 2014-01-15 7:08
Hi Deniz, In this marble you do not see what you need to touch for luck. It could be different parts of the body, I always touch but I am not sure if it helps. In Dublin's fair city,where the girls are so pretty,
sweet Molly Malone has her large breasts brighter. It would be fun, if...
Interesting distortions in this creative shot. We have atlantes also in Warsaw.
imageme (1591) 2014-01-15 18:58
Hi Deniz, Big feet and small hand. Great shot and nice B/W saturation.
mesutilgim (80624) 2014-01-16 7:25
Bizimkinin heykeli yok henüz ama, olsaydı eğer bunu da yapmaya başlamışlardı yalakaları ! Güzel bir siyah beyaz çalışma olmuş, kare oluşu da ayrıca iyi olmuş !!
Birisi gene gıcık olacak ama ne yapayım seviyorum kareyi !
Tebrikler, selam ve sevgiler
Noel_Byrne (21508) 2014-01-16 7:35
A beautiful shot for black and white, it enhances the rich texture and finish of the stone beautifully! And I have learned something once again too. if ever I am on a TV Game show and I win a lot of money because I know the plural of Atlas, I will let you know so I can buy you a thank you gift!!
Those are incredibly long toes on the atlas too. Its a great composition, with the statue on the right looking on into the scene like this.
Thanks as always
dekanski (2550) 2014-01-16 8:12
very original, and very good.
Great POV, nice composition, but in same time unmade!
bukitgolfb301 (34612) 2014-01-16 16:32
Hi MERHABA dear Deniz, how are you?
First of all, I have to thank you for your so many comments to me. Let us keep i touch with each other closely. you know the chacteristics of fish-eye-lens.
This is quite effcetive of usage of a fush-eye, Very very impressive image in this framework, tasteful B&W color is also best choice.
All the best and have a good day! TAKERO
delpeoples (52737) 2014-05-30 20:43
This really reminds me of some of Mesut's photos. There's a real retro feel to it, the heavy structure, texture and the grain. I like the tight framing, it's very artistic and the slight blur to the man's hands gives us a sense of dynamism in this quiet, tranquil place.
Thanks for sharing, I love your Black & White shots
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34225)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2012-08-12
- Categories: Daily Life, Ceremony, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-15 4:13