This is a sculpture called The Gaelic Chieftain by Northern Irishman Maurice Harron. The sculpture is situated in the Curlew Mountains of County Rosscommon and commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Curlew which saw the Gaelic force led by Hugh O'Donnell defeat the English in 1599. Many of Maurice Harron's artworks can be seen all over Ireland, the most well-known being Let The Dance Begin in Strabane, County Tyrone, The Workers on the Dry Arch and The Rabble Children, both in Letterkenny County Donegal.
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Noel_Byrne (30546) 2013-10-12 6:08
I don't want to sound stereotypically Oirish, but this is a photo after me own heart, to be sure to be sure. I love black and white, I love sculpture and I love ominous skies, and what a combination of all of those you have here.
This statue is amazing, very abstract in its design, but the sense of majesty from it is palpable. The horse looks so alive with its stance, and the sideways glance of the chieftain has a real magic to it. Your upwards POV is perfect to enhance the status of this figure too, and he looks so imposing! The sky looks phenomenal too, active and angry and full of drama, while beyond we get a perfect sense of place with that beautiful landscape. I love this one Lisa, and I guess that there are not many sculptures from Roscommon here on TE. Beautiful addition to your gallery, and one I will come back to time and time again.
Cheers agus slainte.
snunney (97639) 2013-10-12 7:13
A great choice of black and white to capture this handsome sculpture. The interesting cloudy makes an excellent backdrop. The image has a fine range of tones and excellent sharpness. I hope you have a great weekend.
macjake (67188) 2013-10-12 7:27
now this is awesome.
and I don't mean to make it all about me lol, but this photo reminds me of a kind of photo that I would take!
It has that wide open sky, low point of view shooting upwards kind of format that I tend to shoot my abandoned cars, boats, and buildings in! It looks like it belongs in my gallery! haha
I've gotta say Lisa, this may be my all time favorite photo that you've posted. Or at least in the top 5 or 10 for sure. For sure!
Clouds can make or break the scene, and imagine this photo with a clear blue skyline, it would loot TOTALLY different. and in my opinion it would lose alot of its visual impact.
the metallic structure, the pov, the clouds, the wide open feel, its super!!!!
again, one of your best.
You've done well here my TE friend lol
Hope you get 100 pts on this one, its well deserving of it.
see you around, enjoy your weekend and take good care of your mom!
annjackman (21813) 2013-10-12 7:32
This is both an impressive sculpture and in impressive photo. The shiny surfaces are ideal for the b/w conversion. The textured sky adds to the drama. A very well 'organised' image with nothing at all to distract.
Kind Regards, Ann
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-12 7:35
mi hai lasciato senza parole con questa tua immagine che grazie all'uso più che indovinato del bianco e nero assume un aspetto drammatico.
Il tuo ultimo viaggio in Irlanda ha lasciato interessanti tracce fotografiche ma questa credo che rappresenti quella più importante.
Una luce ed una Postproduzione splendida che conferma le tue capacità, qualora qualcuno avesse ancora dei dubbi.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
timecapturer (49288) 2013-10-12 7:35
this looks amazing and all the more so in B&W. I love the textures and metallic shades that this medium affords this wonderful piece of art. A commanding and effective POV that has resulted in an irresistible and original piece of imagery! Yep! I like it!
Enjoy your weekend - Brian.
ktanska (27356) 2013-10-12 7:40
Impressive big sculpture. I wonder how big is it, as the scale is not revealed from this angle. Contrasty clouds look really good in B&W.
This reminds of Finnish sculptor Miina Äkkijyrkkä. Her main subjects are cows.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-10-12 7:43
Hello Lisa - Your upward angle has emphasised the height of this fine sculpture and has given both horse and rider a look of power and majesty. I get the impression that both are surveying the kingdom that lies at their feet. Powerful in B&W. Warm regards Rosemary
bayno (18344) 2013-10-12 8:30
Carissima questa me la dovevi dedicare ;) sai che scherzo vero?
un B&W da favola e con dettagli stratosferici, il POV basso rende la scultura ancora più imponente...dovrò fare una ricerca per capire esattamente le dimensioni di questa stupenda opera d'arte...splendida anche l'inquadratura...brava...brava...
photoray (13981) 2013-10-12 9:37
Your monochromatic view forces attention to the design and texture, rather than the immediate bang of color.
And a modernistic far cry from the traditional celebration classical statues in bronze or carved stone.
Nicely created and composed,
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-10-12 10:01
amazing sculpture and really fantastic capture of it!
Admiring the scene from this perspective and in monochrome makes it takes on a new meaning and looks more majestic.Also the sky with so captivating cloud formations helps here to create eye-catching visual effect.
And you were complaining,you have just few good photos from Ireland because of the difficult light?:)
The composition as well as light management are here perfect!Just like your B&W treatment,which makes the scene more expressive.
Have a nice sunday
sabermonajati (11189) 2013-10-12 11:26
amazing statue with wonderful cloudy sky in background you captured.
chrislo (4155) 2013-10-12 13:16
A striking piece of sculpture standing out so dramatically in the landscape. You have captured the spirit of the sculpture perfectly, it's just amazing what can be done with scrap metal. The ominous sky makes for a dramatic backdrop to this fabulous piece of metalwork, it really gives impact to the shot. The sculpture looks to me like a ghost rider, something straight out of The Lord of the Rings !
Perfect shot in any way. I love it.
Have a nice Sunday.
thebest (4276) 2013-10-12 17:59
Hi Dear Lisa,
WOW Sensational photo - Excellent low POV - love the choice of Monochrome - The subject & well written notes are both Excellent...
You will be hearing from us soon re- Tapas Luncheon.
Sounds like you have had a great holiday.
fabbs99 (17133) 2013-10-12 20:01
Namaste ! Lovely shot in monochrome of the Gaelic Chieftain.Fine composition, lovely true colors, good light and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.TFS.
Periko (5002) 2013-10-12 20:41
Great sculpture nicely shown under this amazing sky.
It seems to be enormous, due to the low point of view.
jcpix (13914) 2013-10-12 21:05
Good afternoon Lisa,
I don't know if it's just this particular point of view, or what exactly...but this looks ginormous!! A very impressive piece of work, and a fascinating appeal it carries. For whatever reason, I get the feeling as if it could spring to life at any moment. The reflective surfaces, in conjunction with the black & white conversion, has made this instantly attractive and artistic.
As Craig mentioned, I love what clouds can do for an image...and you couldn't have asked for a better sky as a backdrop to this imagery. A top notch photo to proudly display this majestic work, this really turned out great! Hope you're having a good weekend. Take it easy.
Friendly wishes from PHX,
jjcordier (79297) 2013-10-12 22:45
Le noir et blanc convient bien à cette sculpture impressionnante. Bon choix de POV en légère contre-plongée qui la fait se détacher de belle façon sur le ciel nuageux.
carlo62 (46575) 2013-10-12 23:34
che bella inquadratura, la statua sta lì a dimostrare tutta la fierezza di un popolo e tu hai reso magnificamente questa sensazione, grazie ad un pov perfetto e all' uso del b&w, facendo un ottimo lavoro (come sempre).
Bello anche il cielo, è perfetto per questa situazione.
Tanti saluti a tutta la famiglia
lousat (89930) 2013-10-13 1:42
Ciao Lisa,la statua è davvero orrenda,non mi piace nonostante la tua magnifica maniera di mostrarcela,una prospettiva imponente sotto un cielo magico e minaccioso,ed una qualita' dei dettagli e dell'esposizione al top,complimenti alla fotografa e un po' meno allo scultore..eheh...buona serata! Luciano
olive224 (2719) 2013-10-13 1:54
Excellent idea to convert this engimatic image into B&W !
I find this sculpture very threatening !!!
Very well done !!
ikeharel (69941) 2013-10-13 2:58
Beautiful metal-sculpture of the horse and rider. B&W was the choice, but I can see great sky aloft with clouds.
The second though I had after seeing this, was, that if such statue would had been set on a remote mountain in Israel somewhere, metals-scrap thieves would dismantle this and sell for the price of iron-ore...
Have a nice week ahead,
ourania (44398) 2013-10-13 7:14
Ciao cara Lisa,
il grafismo, il dinamismo, l' eleganza, il mistero e la suggestione di questa immagine sono accattivanti. La statua sembra piu' che statua, come se fosse anima dentro di essa e come il cavallo si fosse fermato solo per un po' e dal un minuto al altro riprendera' il suo corso. La monochromia e' sensazionale e rende le tessiture e l' atmosfera assolutamente affascinanti. Il cielo vasto rende l' immagine drammatica e ci fa sentire il vento che suscita il posto desolato. Magnifico lavoro, complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona settimana,
marabu61 (10815) 2013-10-13 8:52
Superb POV to capture this marvelous statue. I am sure that it works really better in black and white than in color. Set against this superb sky the statue stands out of the wide open landscape and although it is modern art, it looks so real that one expects the rider to take off any moment.
Truly a great photograph indeed.
have a great sunday
chawax (20752) 2013-10-13 10:03
What a strange scuplture in the middle of the countryside ! The POV is excellent and the B&W conversion is a very good choice here for it adds a dramatic atmosphere to the scene.
Have a nice week,
abmdsudi (53105) 2013-10-13 10:38
A nice sculpture and the unearthly bit of scifi feel to it but this is indeed a striking image ...
Lovely, closeness feels good! and your low pov gives such a great impact, character and aptly converted to mono thus focus is fully concentrated on the beauty of this chieftain and I guarantee nothing seems to distract our attention form main interest. It's so perfectly set off against the weather condition but this looks great in almost surreal atmosphere on which I feel really suits the subject matter very well. A fine and artistic shot and excellent narratives too helping us to appreciate this. Well done, TFS
ChrisJ (112461) 2013-10-14 4:51
This sculpture is remarkably similar to one in Calgary in Canada only it has the added attraction of a rider. Good choice of b&w to convey the tonal range and graphism. I like the upward pov and the very low horizon line and predominance of the sky and clouds. Have a great week!
EstudioChispa (2174) 2013-10-14 10:13
Completely fantastic image, Lisa, and one that I've added to my "Study these" list. Just this weekend, we booked our flights to return to La Paz (Nov. 26 - Dec. 11) and one of my goals is to do a thorough survey of the sculptures along the Malecón. You demonstrate great technique here (get down for the low POV) and also the little hint of "always have a dramatic sky." ;-) Did you use a polarizer at all?
Didi (60588) 2013-10-15 3:32
Impressive picture, scary ambiance with the dramatic sky and good control of the grey scale
mirosu (16041) 2013-10-17 0:47
Superb monochrome photo, excellent light, nice arrangement, very good viewpoint.
Monochrome choice is appropriate for the subject. I like the nice light and the nicely shining sculpture of horse and the rider.
The view from lover angle makes the building majestic and dominant.
fritzi007 (10433) 2015-06-03 14:27
interesting sculpture and presentation of the artist Maurice Harron, very well photographed and informed!