At least half-a-dozen times in the past I had visited the Greek Island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. On my last visit in October 2013, I had my first opportunity to visit the Achellion Palace, built in 1888 by Elisabeth of Bavaria, the Empress of Austria. The palace was designed by the Italian architect Raffaele Caritto and built on a 200,000 meter-square site, owned by Elizabeth and her husband, Emperor Josef. The general style of palace and grounds celebrates Greek mythology. The gardens themselves feature as their centerpiece the statue known as "The Dying Achilles."
Those who have general knowledge of Greek Mythology, must likely remember Achilles, the hero of the Trojan Wars, as well as the derivation of the expression, "Achilles Heel." At his birth, Achilles's mother, Thetis, had taken Achilles to the River Styx, there to dip him into the waters that would confer immortality on him. But as she dipped the infant into the water, she had held him by his heel, inadvertently preventing direct contact of his heel with the magical waters. Of course, this prevented one small area of his body vulnerable to physical affliction. Years later, during the Trojan Wars, a poison-tipped arrow unleashed from the bow of (the Trojan Prince) Paris struck Achilles in his heel, resulting in the great warrior's agonizing death.
In shooting this statue, I did not show the detail of Achilles trying to pry the arrow from his heel, concentrating instead on juxtaposing another statue in the gardens into the background of the "Dying Achilles."
I wish all my friends at Trekearth a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. AS GERT SUGGESTS, THE DYING ACHILLES IS SYMBOLIC OF THE DEPARTURE OF 2013, AND THE STATUE IN THE BACKGROUND THE ARRIVAL OF 2014.
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papagolf21 (87264) 2013-12-23 15:05
Bonsoir,cher ami Bulent,
Une composition très réussie. J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance générale qui se dégage de l'ensemble.
Le choix du cadrage est fort bien pensé.
Comme à l'accoutumée, la note est fort bien rédigée.
Très bonnes fêtes de fin d'année.
snunney (86250) 2013-12-24 2:14
I like the composition and the juxtaposition between the two statues with their starkly contrasting poses. Very good rendering of the textural detail. Memories of my school days come back when the subject of the Trojan war was on the syllabus.
holmertz (42643) 2013-12-24 5:23
You photographed the statue well and included a fine background. The corresponding statue further back gives the composition good depth. (But you could have waited a second for the man to get out of the way:-) ).
Maybe the dying Achilles could symbolize the dying 2013 and the coming of a newborn 2014,
PS I agree that the situation in Turkey now is stunning and outrageous. :-(
ChrisJ (100572) 2013-12-26 5:55
Greece, Turkey and the Romans have given such a wonderful contribution to Western civilization as we know it today. The ancient Gods and Goddesses may have been ditched but the classical artwork remains. I spent my day in Corfu Town at the Fort so maybe next time at the museum. Have a safe and happy and less busy New Year!
daddo (24852) 2013-12-26 15:01
Merhaba Bulent Bey. Nice idea creatively, pity about the timing (you must have been in a hurry) and the inclusion of the human interloper.If the statue in the background is 2014, it is in a hurry to arrive. As for the dying 2013, I wonder who shot the arrow. I wish you a healthy and adventurous new year as you sail the seas. Regards. Klaudio.
mesutilgim (86510) 2013-12-27 5:33
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Korfu'dan güzel bir kare ! Verdiğin bilgi notları ile de gene "scientific paper" niteliğinde.
Teşekkürler, iyi seneler
Selam ve sevgiler
shevchenko (18696) 2013-12-29 18:39
I like the fantasy Greek legend, I read it while I'm still a child, now I forgot the detail of the stories, but I still remember it is best stories.
Beautiful garden that completed with statues of multi Gods, just look like a wonderland, interesting composition, distinct photo, good shoot.
Happy New Year 2014
siudzi (34113) 2014-01-06 9:44
Taking pics of the sculptures is not such a 'piece of cake' if you want to achieve an unique and interesting presentation. You did here a great job with the cropping and fantastic light management which made the scene really special. Good work! TFS!
mcmtanyel (14503) 2014-02-06 21:21
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
I love the symbolism in this photo. A very compelling composition of beauty and agony, of death and life.
fabbs99 (16779) 2014-02-11 19:14
Really exceptional shot of the dying Achilles.Truly exclusive.Excellent pov and sharpness. Very well done ,TFS.Keep sharing.
npecanhuk (67326) 2014-03-03 12:31
Attractive picture with special regards to the management of light, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (35793)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-23
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-210 f4.5-5.6
- Exposure: f/5.7, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Pictures at an Exhibition II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-23 11:23