'Syrenka' (the mermaid depicted here), is the protector and defender of the city of Warsaw. She is poised to strike in the old town market square, which was extensively rebuilt after its almost complete destruction in 1945. From mermaidsofearth.com: 'This mermaid statue was made in bronze by Konstanty Hegel in 1855. The above statue is a zinc cast from the original, placed in Warsaw’s Old Town Market square. The square is one of the city’s top tourist attractions. There are many representations of the Syrenka throughout the city, including another mermaid statue near the River Vistula.
There are different stories of how the mermaid came to be the city’s protector.
One story has it that the Syrenka, whose name actually is Melusina, is the sister of the famous mermaid in Copenhagen. One of the sisters swam up to the Danish straits and stayed there. The other sister swam to Poland and up the Vistula River, right to where the Old Town Market is today. She liked it and stayed and was popular with the people there for her singing.
When she was caught and held prisoner by a man wanting to profit by her, she was freed by the local people. In gratitude she promised to protect the people if they were ever in danger.
Tracing the history of the city’s coat of arms, it started out in the late 14th century as a dragon with a male human head, holding a shield and a sword. The head and upper body were later replaced with those of a woman, with the dragon tail remaining. Eventually in the 16th century the dragon tail was replaced with a mermaid’s tail. In this statue, the Syrenka is a two-tailed mermaid, with a tail on each “leg”.'
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snunney (100076) 2014-08-08 3:50
An interesting commentary to accompany this well constructed composition. The colourful façades contrast nicely with the bronze tones of the statue. The image is pleasantly illuminated and has very good colours and clarity.
npecanhuk (75502) 2014-08-08 3:51
A little bit more belicous than that one from Copenhagem, isn't she?!
Very interesting and attractive details!
Beautiful picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
besnard (56447) 2014-08-08 3:55
Une bonne prise rapprochée de cette belle statut qui nous permet aussi de voir les immeubles colorés qui entourent la place.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
carlo62 (49225) 2014-08-08 4:13
le belle facciate colorate sono uno sfondo splendido per questa statua che caratterizza la piazza del centro storico di Varsavia.
Malgo (emka) ne sarà felice.
Bello scatto, un pov originale.
pierrefonds (66903) 2014-08-08 4:13
The buildings are framing well the sculpture. The point of view is showing the details, the colors of the sculpture and of the buildings. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (59243) 2014-08-08 4:51
Fine capture of this beautiful statue. I like the POV that includes the old facades in the background. Well taken.
kasianowak (9217) 2014-08-08 4:52
Great tight composition drawing attention to Syrenka with the colourful facades in the background.
Interesting note - I didn't know the origins of Warsaw's coat of arms. How did a male dragon become a female mermaid I wonder. ;-)
stamatis (2561) 2014-08-08 5:00
Great color, POV. the theme is a very beautiful. I like it.Well done.
All the best,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-08 5:12
like shots like this! A beautiful piece of art and a real idea of its setting. It is a wonderful contrast, with lots of immaculate detail, charm and history. Superb!
Have a great weekend - B.
lousat (92050) 2014-08-08 5:52
Hi Chris,great capture of this statue,the choice of point of view is perfect to create an imposing perspective and a fantastic surround effect made by the facades,very bright colors and fine detail everywhere,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,luciano
dta (78558) 2014-08-08 5:56
Hello Chris ,
Interesting sculpture and supeb coloured houses of te old Warsaw . well framed and exposed .
Nicou (143158) 2014-08-08 5:57
Avec les façades des maisons en fond quelle compo et vue quelle image fantastique captage cette belle statue de bronze superbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
rbassin (23067) 2014-08-08 9:01
Une belle combinaison entre sculture et l'architecture en fond d'image.
Silvio1953 (144416) 2014-08-08 9:40
Ciao Chris, lovely composition with nice statue and fantastic facades, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-08 12:56
What a lovely capture of this nice monument located at the old town square! Like the way you presented the scene with a great DOF on Syrenka and beautifully executed buildings in the background. Well done!
Have a nice weekend!
jjcordier (79297) 2014-08-08 23:05
Présentation originale de cette place de Varsovie aux belles maisons avec une bonne utilisation de la statue au premier plan.
ikeharel (72191) 2014-08-09 7:18
Good evening Chris,
Nicely combined the FG Mermaid stsue against the town houses in diff. colors.
Archi.design show houses in the same pattern, but one has more statues atop on the roof-balcony.
Contrast and clarity well collected in the upwards view.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
emka (98830) 2014-08-10 11:17
Hi, I know this view very well :)). Original composition with Syrenka filling the frame and the tenement houses of the Old Town Square only the background. Superb colours and sharpness. And what a guide I am - I didn't know this story about two mermaids :(.
mesutilgim (95380) 2014-08-11 1:50
Hello dear Chris,
Aother topclass capture in your gallery with perfect pov.
I never did see before a mermaid with shield and sword.
TFS and best regards
Royaldevon (39344) 2014-08-11 5:57
I love to know about the stories of ancient times which usually include all sorts of mythical beasts and figures.
Your photograph is very well composed and uses a shallow dof to good effect.
Have a great day,
Graal (102928) 2014-08-11 23:46
nice presentation from Warsaw. I like the composition with the old town and Syrenka on FG. Good shot.
Have a nice day.
danos (98513) 2014-08-12 3:51
nice the view of this style mermaid for me with the surrounding buildings to make the scene even more effective.Excellent the light and the colour management as the quality of the scene.
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2014-08-15 6:00
A good composition of this statue overlooking the place. A very well taken picture with sharpness and clarity.
alvaraalto (14000) 2014-08-16 2:15
I always wonder why this local heroes are naked when the are upgraded to a statue. Anyway, they are always a nice element in this kind of interesting pictures and the have a story which is worth telling about.
Hanssie (10802) 2014-08-17 3:06
A well chosen composition makes a nice view......
macjake (68480) 2014-08-21 4:14
love this mermaid, i remember her well and i have several photo of her too.
really enjoy the various colors of the building in the bg, and i have to say...i'd be eager to step inside those buildings to see how they look. and are they personal homes? are they businesses? are they 1 story appartments or 2/3 story appartments...how do those tenement homes work?
sweet shot, nicely placed in the 1/3 area.
asajernigan (21427) 2014-09-11 7:54
This is a nicely composed shot of the mermaid. The off center placement of the statue works well allowing us to see the colorful buildings in the background. The lighting is nice as is the color and sharpness.
ourania (46320) 2014-09-11 9:00
lovely hearing from you again! This is a very attractive picture and your composition is well arranged. The mermaid is well integrated to the characteristic scenery of the city where she belongs and at the same time we can see her face clearly as it stands out against the sky. Dynamism and balance are great, the colours are lovely. There's an effective graphic quality. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
PiotrF (18156) 2014-09-14 14:21
wonderful composition with Syrenka and old houses of the Old Town Square . Perfect exposure, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness .Excellent detailed picture. Thank you for your interesting notes.
Cricri (120143) 2014-09-23 9:36
Intéressante sculpture mis en gros plan avec les façades colorées, intéressante note, belle présentation
Miguel82 (27646) 2014-10-13 3:51
That mermaid is equipped if somebody tries to upset her Chris. I appreciate the architecture around the monument
- Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) (114689)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-08-05
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D 90, Polarizing Filter
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-08 3:12