How’s this for an awkwardly scary smile? If my previous picture didn’t haunt your dreams, this one should do the trick! :)
I don’t have any idea what this sculpture was all about, but it was one of many placed around the Tuileries Gardens during my visit….this one being the most disturbing, so it was naturally the one I gravitated towards. lol
I’ve included a WS picture of another piece, which is nowhere near as frightening…but just as odd. You see kids, this is what happens when you don’t take care of your teeth….fear the razor sharp grill!
Now, I could have easily moved to the left or right to have taken this picture without obstruction from the fountain, but I just couldn’t resist having the Champs Elysses and Arc de Triomphe lined up in the background.
Art…it really is in the eye of the beholder.
Thanks for stopping by.
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emka (82758) 2014-05-02 23:04
Hi Jason, This creepy cousin also didn't do the trick, haha. Funny composition and note. And even more is your workshop photo. Thanks for the smile just right in the morning.
Very nice finding from your archive.
have a nice day
jemaflor (87445) 2014-05-02 23:21
Well taken, good focus on this smiling face ..., perfect sharpness ad light management, an original photo in Paris.
Noel_Byrne (26121) 2014-05-03 1:20
aaaah Paris... The Eiffel tower, the champs elysee, the coffee, the wine, the art and food, the people and the scary razor teeth aluminium alien zombie monsters. I have waited many years to have a chance to say that sentence :) I have to say, I really love how you have composed this, the fountain for me is integral as it looks like Mr happy face is rising from the water, perhaps a portal to his world. He looks quite pleased with himself too and who can blame him, I guess when he was told he had to come to earth to haunt the dreams of humans, he really lucked out to cross the portal and appear in Paris.
Yes, I'll get to the creating of nightmares shortly, but first I must see The Mona Lisa (he might be thinking) You know this could be the start of fascinating series of travel books, written from the point of view of this dude. I'd pay to read that. Have a great weekend, thanks for the nightmares !
ikeharel (60521) 2014-05-03 2:17
I'd do well with the scary smile, Jason, but there is a slight concern about the blured DOF, missing on the Paris monuments that "rises" on far.
Not an easy job to do, and I settle with the people in clser range that gave a fine vivid tone to the whole.
the young lady in white with sun-glasses was looking at you...
Enjoy a nice weekend,
serp2000 (41404) 2014-05-03 2:51
Thanks for so nice photo, it makes me smile. This is just an atmosphere of holiday and vacation. Original composition, I like your idea to focus on the middle part of this area, when the front and rear of the plan remain blurred.
We have got long weekend after the May,1. This Labor Day came from USA, if you know. ))
timecapturer (49288) 2014-05-03 3:01
Ghosts and Goolies, is that spelt right ;-)? This has a real Ghostbusters vibe about it, could almost be a Parisian version. I like the way you have composed and put this weird sculpture right into the midst of the familiar surroundings of the French capital. It does look bizarre and I have no idea of its significance other than it makes you look and wonder what on earth it could be called. I googled them and got some amazing images ;-/ but none of these were in the search results, so I guess they were a temporary display in 2009. As usual sunbeam you come up with something, original, disturbing and fascinating - keep up the good work!
Enjoy your weekend - Freddy!
siudzi (34119) 2014-05-03 3:31
Another great shot of an interesting subject. The scene looks great with so many people around and well blurred fountain in the foreground. Very well seen and done. TFS!
Have a nice weekend!
Sergiom (64155) 2014-05-03 6:03
Une très belle scène toute parisienne. Il faut avouer qu'il faisait très beau et que beaucoup de monde se presse autour de la fontaine. J'aime beaucoup le choix de la profondeur de champs qui laisse sous entendre les choses.
holmertz (43293) 2014-05-03 6:45
With a face like that any obstruction would be welcome :-). Seriously, you did well to keep the distant background as it is. The hazy glimpse of the Arc de Triomphe adds a nice local touch to the view. The foreground is colorful and interesting as it is, but now we see that this is not just from anywhere.
Cricri (109843) 2014-05-03 10:26
Hello ami du bout du monde Comment il est possible de faire de tel horreur, franchement je ne trouve pas ça beau du tout, il est même effrayant, je suis contente qu'il ne soit pas encore l'heure d'aller me coucher ( 19h20) :-))
Pour la photo c'est parfait, netteté , couleurs, le jet d'eau de la fontaine, la profondeur de la rue très animée..intéressant le WS !!
mirosu (15102) 2014-05-04 3:30
I see from your gallery that I've missed many of your excellent photos, you have been quite active during my TE absence, but don't worry I'll caught up soon.
I like this colourful, excellently composed photo. The selective focusing makes it superb. All in very good light and clarity. You must have enjoyed your France trip very much.
Very well done.
ourania (34545) 2014-05-04 10:21
little cousin is creepy and fun, more straightforward and less of a complicated personality. The presence of many people around him is reassuring but no one is looking at him and it's not clear where he's standing, so maybe we are the only ones who see him:) In this case, his smile could have a lot of interpretations:) I like very much the colourful and significant context as well as the surrealistic result of your composition.
The workshop picture features a striking contrast and is very well composed too. The little guy must feel so awkward in the elegant surroundings. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
PS As far as La vie en rose is concerned, I like very much Grace Jones' version too. I have another "pink" photo in my gallery, maybe we could start a theme:)
mcmtanyel (15037) 2014-05-04 21:07
Now this one's creepy, I'll give you that. Interesting POV, I like the selective focus.
macjake (59006) 2014-05-04 23:03
what the heck is going on here!
you know what this looks like?....
looks like an Alien came down just to Photo-Bomb you!
he's thinking...i bet that guy is photographing Paris's sweet cityscape...i'll just ruin that for him.
could you imagine what this scene would look like in the dark? does he illuminate or anything lol
creepy dude for sure! maybe he wouldn't look so creepy if he spent some time at the dentist's office!
looking at this scene, I wonder how many people are tourists and how many are locals?
see you around buddy!
nikkitta (15824) 2014-05-05 12:05
Salut mon ami
En regardant l autre post, j ai decouvert le mystere tres simple, cette cousin sourit d'être dans un bon emplacement et entouré par des gens
Tandis que l'autre est seule et personne le regarde,ca te va?
Je aime ici l ambiance vacancier ainsi que le fond
Bon cadre avec la vegetation
Maria du Sud
A un post de la France , on doit ecrire en francais
rogerl (1544) 2014-05-06 6:39
That's quite a face, Jason. Hard to imagine that sitting right in the Tuileries; if my geography is correct, it's looking directly at the Louvre, which seems somewhat incongruous. Nice capture.
omid266 (6382) 2014-05-06 21:08
Salam, Hi Jason,
Dear my friend,
An interesting and wonderful shot from Paris,
very nice POV with people ealking around fountain,
very well done , well done and Thanks!
Have nice moments
adores (39286) 2014-06-15 8:08
Really interesting and unusual sculptures. I like both and I think you framed this one very well, behind the fountain. It really works with the water jet and the arch in background. Good dof and a well thought composition, I wouldn't miss them myself if I was there:)!