This is a sequel to my previous shot, where a Tahitian folklore group met the cruise ship, Seabourn Odyssey. Accompanied by the traditional ukulele music, they danced, and offered coconut goodies processed in front of us. The man broke open a coconut with a wooden club, and the woman served fresh slices. Subsequently, the man kneaded some coconut meat and made it into a pasty skin lotion seen in the photo. The young woman then went around applying the lotion to visitor's hands.
In the two complementary workshop photos, one can see the self-portrait of Paul Gauguin hanging in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and a Gauguin painting, "Where are you going", hanging in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Except for the "coconut cups" (or "shell bras") that she is wearing to apease Western sensibilities, she could have been the subject of Gauguin's painting.
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worldcitizen (7511) 2012-02-18 9:57
Nice close-up of this Tahitian couple. We can enjoy the details of the coconut lotion that he is making. It must have smelled and felt wonderful. I like the exotic accessories, such as the leis, the floral headdresses, and the bra made out of shells.
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-02-18 10:10
Ola Bulent ,
Belo momento com estas pessoas neste festival , bonitas as cores e a luz , gostei muito dos detalhes típicos deste lugar ,parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
vasilpro (41091) 2012-02-18 10:45
Wonderful and interesting scene from a folklore event, vivid colors, lovely light, very good clarity, contrast and sharpness, excellent POV, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
golus (2893) 2012-02-18 11:30
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Sımsıcak ambiansı ile mutluluk yayan bir kare. Gaugin çok sevdiğim bir ressam ve notunuzu ilgiyle okudum. Elinize sağlık. Selamlar,
JFS (32459) 2012-02-18 12:25
Another picture from paradise! Good moment captured with lots of colors and hapiness. thanks Bulent!
Have a good WE!
maglex (1980) 2012-02-18 13:18
Hi Atalay, from the thumbnail, the does remind one of a painting...as usual I like your interesting and informative note. Rgds, alex
Sonata11 (33641) 2012-02-18 14:06
Beautiful scene of this folklore event with spectacular beautiful colors of exotic accerories, sharpness, clarity, pov and with fantastic atmosphere. Wonderfully executed this beautiful photo. Absolutely fantastic work. I like it a lot. Awesome !!! Congratulation.
All the best and have a nice WE,
delpeoples (54693) 2012-02-18 17:37
Hello dear Bulent
As usual, your note draws me in as much as your beautiful photo does. I love the warm tones here and of course how you show us the ceremony of these attractive people. I can certainly understand Gauguin's fascination for the people and the country. Superb skintones, colours and sharpness. The slight blur of the hands here gives us a sense of dynamism and life. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tradition with us. Did the lotion work its wonders?
agulberk (3794) 2012-02-18 18:56
Merhaba Bülent Hocam
Kuzey yarım küre donarken, güney yarım küre de sıcaklardan yanıyor olsa gerek. İlginç bir geleneksel seramoni.
Türkiye'den Selam ve sevgiler...
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-02-18 19:23
Hello professor Atalay,
The very first impression that I have received from viewing your photo made me recall my last visit to The Orsey museum in Paris in November 2010. The palette of your photo not only has the stunning colours of the late Gauguins paintings but its composition reflects the esprit of his images. Having been influenced by Japanese woodblock prints, Gauguin would not only hesitate to push the subjects right up to the extremity of the canvas, in some cases the subjects were largely cropped for compositional reasoning. The colours and the composition of your photograph capture the true impression of his paintings. How fascinating that someone of your scientific mind is equally drawn by artistic images such as Gauguins paintings. Broad in knowledge, and in-depth comprehension, the photograph is a true demonstration of your interests in the subject. The story of the two Swiss brothers is very fresh in my mind. Visiting your gallery is always as inspiring as the content of the site. And your stories are always a compelling testimony of your inexhaustible interests.
With my very best and warm regards,
Have a very pleasant weekend, professor
aloyho (6798) 2012-02-18 20:42
Another interesting shot and while the focus is on the mixture of the natural organic skin lotion, the flavour and atmosphere of Tahiti is beautifully portrayed. The warm tones help to emphasised the cordial reception which you must have enjoyed.I like the overall tonal control and the depth created by the inclusion of the background figures. Well done!!
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-02-18 20:52
سلام دوست من
تصویر زیبای آداب سنتی
jjcordier (78388) 2012-02-18 22:05
Très beau tableau. Le parallèle avec Gauguin saute aux yeux. Bon cadrage.
Royaldevon (33061) 2012-02-19 1:34
Good Morning Bulent,
I could immediately appreciate the connection with your shot and the Gauguin painting! So many similarities!
Your main figures grab immediate interest and are both sharp and detailed. I like how their outstretched arms seem to frame the b/g figures, including them in the overall composition.
Have agood Sunday,
jhm (143511) 2012-02-19 1:52
Also your both WS's are excellent of quality.
This must are pleasant for make these picture middle of the festivity
Excellent of quality also nice colors and pleasant faces.
Compostion and presentation are excellent
Nice photo job.TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
ikeharel (62139) 2012-02-19 2:39
The only contradiction I find with the title, is the fact that the "Gauguin's Subjects" were topless... but nowadays this would not be accepted...
Nice double portrait, brown colored dominanace, and a wonderful face's expression.
ChrisJ (103589) 2012-02-19 7:15
Another vision from paradise. A superb dual portrait of this charming Polynesian couple with good color saturation (in keeping with Gauguin's vision) & superb sharpness. The hibiscus flower hat the woman is wearing is unusual. Good contrasted light & well framed & composed. Tfs!
ourania (35862) 2012-02-19 8:08
so we finally got to see the man's face. He must be the protagonist of your previous picture. I like very much the way these beautiful peole are lit. Not only their placement at the foreground but also the lighting makes them stand out and glow. I like the dark background which further back becomes sunlit again and has nice depth. I also noticed the looks of the musicians crossing the picture to reach their subjects of interest and I think that's a nice detail. The colours are very vivid, just wonderful.
All the best, have a good week,
macjake (60642) 2012-02-19 11:19
sometimes its more about the story behind the photo than the photo itself.
there is a real cultural influence here, thats captured in a fine dimmed light and sharpness.
eldancer1 (31427) 2012-02-19 12:31
Very nice capture of this event, we used to do the same with the coconut while growing up the Philippines. I like your pov and good dof with nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-02-19 13:33
The characters and their clothes are reminiscent of some works by Gaugin. Light and the colors are beautiful, the sharpness is not less. With the note, it's a great job. Bravo.
Have a nice day
tober (8797) 2012-02-19 14:16
Merhaba Saygıdeğer Hocam, dünyanın cennet köşelerinden birinden, iç ısıtan, tropik aromalı, hoş bir fotoğraf paylaşmışsınız. Renklerin doğallığı ve canlılığı çok iyi. Fotoğrafla ekteki tablolar ve özellikle de ilk resim arasında kurduğunuz benzerliği de beğendim. Elinize sağlık, saygılar.
Graal (99806) 2012-02-20 0:23
nice scene, good title, view like from Gauguin's image. Photo is well done. I like it.
Have a nice day.
papagolf21 (89716) 2012-02-20 1:08
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
En effet cette composition rappelle les peintures du célèbre peintre Gauguin et ses vahinés.
Les couleurs ressortent à merveille.
La réalisation est de qualité comme à l'accoutumée.
lousat (81690) 2012-02-20 13:38
Hi Bulent,what a great choice for your winter holidays and what a beautiful pic,i like these historic rituals,great composition whit a lot of colors taken in a very interesting moment!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
divail (8334) 2012-02-20 19:05
C'est en effet digne d'un Gauguin. J'aime les postures des deux personnes, les fleurs et les noix de coco en bustier. Les couleurs sont vives et joyeuses, c'est charmant.
patdeph (35748) 2012-02-21 8:45
It is the kind of image that we have in the head when we think in these islands, but I believe that now, we see only these clothes and these flowers wreaths only for the folklore and the tourism.Anyway,the picture is very beautiful, bringing the dream, as a painting of Gaughin, you are right.Magnificent!
ebingul (1958) 2012-02-21 13:42
Merhaba Bülent bey,
Olağanüstü güzellikte bir çift-portre çalışması.Kompozisyon,renkler,netlik,ışık harikulade.Buna bir de profesyonel bir framing eklenince ortaya Gauguin'in tablolarından farksız bir güzellik çıkmış.
Tebrikler,teşekkürler ve esenlikler,
mesutilgim (88536) 2012-02-21 15:35
Selam dear Bulent !
This one is even better than the previous one !
Perfect compo and a great tribute to master Gaugin.
TFS and best regards
serp2000 (41882) 2012-02-22 5:41
my daughter sent me a calendar from Hawaii with the similar scenes. I envy you. Very interesting report from Polynesia. I'd like to go to some warm or hot country after this long cold winter.
Best wishes from cold Ural,
Cricri (110665) 2012-02-22 5:42
Une note intéressante, une bonne crème a la noix de coco pour la peaux et nature très bonne a manger, moi j'aime, la scéne aussi me plaît, c'est joli a regarder tant la femme, l'homme et le moment présent, compliment
angel66 (1006) 2012-02-22 9:23
nice saturation and skin tone. I can also 'smell' the photo!:) Nice Gauguin hint despite the shells! TFS
Cretense (68695) 2012-02-22 10:52
Hello, dear Bulent!
Beautiful, exotic daily life scene, great tight framing and wonderful warm colors! Very interesting note and WS, as usual!
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-02-22 12:20
Impressive capture from that part of the world. Nice people and thanks for interesting note.
bostankorkulugu (42206) 2012-02-22 14:44
bir önceki kareniz de bu da gauguin tablosu tadında gerçekten...
(kuzey temmuzda 5 olacak :) ...)
emka (85255) 2012-02-22 14:50
Yes, they look like taken from Gauguin painting. I had the Russian book with the paintiongs from ermitage, I this nk I rememeber where are you going. Their skins have very strange colour. mazbe it is zour pp to make it similar to painting. i like inclusion of the girl in blue. The native people from Easter Island look similar to Polinasian. fantastic scene-
RhodieIke (11742) 2012-02-22 22:05
Hi Bulent, What splendid photo of these two doing their show, fantastic tropical vibrant colours, pin-sharp, super management and presentation,Tfs, Cheers Iain.
Charo (51210) 2012-02-23 11:36
This image and the previous one, no doubt reminiscent of Gauguin paintings, no wonder you fell in love with the place and its people.
Beautiful portrait full of color and candor. Great job!
cavli (1876) 2012-02-23 11:41
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
ceremonyden nefis bir kare. sıcak renkler hoşuma gitti. Işık koşullarıda çok iyi. folklarik bir olayı iyi bir bakış açısı ile fotoğraflamışsınız.
bu insanların göbek delikleri değişik görünüyor. Bana ilgin geldi.
selamlar & saygılar
erhan1958 (15479) 2012-02-23 13:10
selam fazlasıyla egzotik bir çalışma
orada olmak istedim bir an, provoke edici
berek (42970) 2012-02-23 20:00
yine enteresan ve hoş bir fotograf. çok güzel dengeli bir ikili portre. renk ve zamanlamaya bayıldım. ellerinize sağlık.
ciakgiak (30423) 2012-02-24 15:03
You captured a very interesting moment, where the expressions of the protagonists are really lovely. The quality of the image is absolutely superb, the colors and the sharp are excellent, congratulations and TFS.
bukitgolfb301 (37554) 2012-02-24 16:16
Hi my dear Bulent
Sorry for my late reply, as I get a light pneumonia due to much fatigue, now getting well.
Another great paradise shot coming!
Ya I would like to go there, that is my dream.
tasetful color presentation is so remarkable.
Very comfortable to see in the Saturday morning.
Perfect tight framework and so well considered composition! Thanks for your sharinig with finest work and have a good Saturday!
Takero from still cold rainy Tokyo
aliabazari (16053) 2012-02-25 1:21
Interesting and different documentary. Very nice composition with good lighting.
photoray (13428) 2012-02-25 7:02
Excellent upclose traditional Tahitian couple for their grace and happy life style.
I'm a big-fan of anything Polynesian and decorate my home in their style (of course mixed in with Antique and California Kitsch),
baddori (20011) 2012-02-25 12:57
Titolo che richiama sicuramente a Gauguin.
In chiave moderna e fotografica .
Una grande opportunità per la Francia la Polinesia .
Vasa (16816) 2012-02-26 16:52
You take the way of Paul Gaugin and you meet the paradise. I understand it very well thanks to your photos, dear Bulent. Best continuation, friend.
Angshu (56462) 2012-02-28 1:19
Hello Professor 'A'
Quite a show they put up there! The saturated colours keeps in line with the paintings of Gauguin. You framed his well with the activity in the BG visible through the 'frame' created by their arms. Quite an interesting colour of the hibiscus flower. Very nice picture! What was the coconut lotion for?
With Warm Regards
danyy (0) 2012-02-28 4:34
jolies couleurs pour cette scène tropicale. On sait que ces îles tiennent beaucoup à leur folklore et leurs traditions, clin d'oeil aussi sur le charme des jolies personnes de ces îles.
nikkitta (16476) 2012-02-28 15:59
Hola, Merhaba Bülent
My 2 point will give this capture 100 points
Great moment of the offering, besides with music, as...paradise on earth
Like the colors and composition, very Gauguin ambiance as you show in your 2 WS
Informative note also
Greetings and TFS
I have a friend living in Ankara, he publish my works in his web page
Silvio1953 (129368) 2012-03-03 8:58
Ciao Bulent, an other Gaugin painting, lovely scene from fascinating place, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (36733)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-16
- Categories: Festivals, Ceremony
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix S9300
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): PARADISE ON EARTH [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-18 9:18