In keeping with the general mood at the moment on TE, where my dear friends are posting all kinds of er...
"artistic" photos at the moment (you know who you are) ...this is my small contribution to the Theme, El Zulo. He is a 16 feet statue in bronze by Victor Ochoa. It is situated in the port of Cartagena. The statue commemorates the victims of terrorism, past and present.
The city of Cartagena itself is beautiful, has extensive Roman ruins and a colourful history dating back 2,000 years. It is today a well-known naval base and certainly warrants more than the hour I spent there resting, one of the many stops we took on our 1,800 kilometre drive throughout Spain.
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macjake (70519) 2013-12-15 23:20
So there have been some naughty photos going around lately? They do know its Christmas time right? Lol
Well, this one certainly isnt that bad at all. In fact i quite like it. 16 feet eh? I thought it looked rather large.
Great to see the forms, shapes and curves in the bronze....that came thru very well.
From this pov, i'm glad this isnt HDR because then we'd see the darker areas illuminated better....lets keep it the way it is
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-16 1:50
è incredibile l'espressività che sei riuscita a dare a questa statua con il perfetto dosaggio del chiaroscuro.
Essa sembra emergere dalla fotografia con tutta la sua imponenza.
Una perfetta messa a fuoco permette di apprezzarne ogni più minuto particolare ed un elogio va anche all'artista per la bella interpretazione di questo tema.
Ciao, buona giornata e buon inizio di settimana
snunney (103389) 2013-12-16 2:28
A great capture of this thought provoking statue. I like the composition and the juxtaposition with the boat in the background. Superb rendering of the detail in the artwork.
Royaldevon (41064) 2013-12-16 2:29
Ha! Ha! Lisa, you must have been that way out! You were the only one who commented on my posting of Smeaton's Tower! Did you really think I was following a theme ...! Well ... maybe!! LOL
Now that you mention it ... this shot can be perceived in two completely different ways!
Let's talk about the composition which is exquisite, the sculpture commanding most of the f/g with excellent textures. The oof b/g is useful for setting the scene.
Have a lovely day,
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-12-16 2:41
I am impressed with the powerfulness of this sculpture Lisa, you have captured the muscles and sinews of the figure really well and your chosen POV highlights the tension in the forearm beautifully. As to the fact that the man is not wearing any under-jocks he is saved embarrassment thanks to the shadows! How considerate you were. Nicely done! Warm regards rosemary
mirosu (16273) 2013-12-16 2:49
Excellent statue close-up photo with very nicely balanced colors, perfect light, very good clarity. I like that you have also included interesting background with the palm tree and the white ship. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions. Well done.
p.s. You have a very good eyes. You are partly right, the photo is not tilted but the two horizontals are not fully horizontal, more or less created by my viewpoint angle. I was concentrating to put the tower in vertical position and the floor more or less in horizontal, this has put the glass wall a bit out of horizontal. Thanks for valuable comment, I appreciate it very much.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-16 4:21
wondered when you would enter the fray ;-P, must be the time of the year - it is all JJ's fault with his Viagra factory! Anyway - this is a beautifully expressive piece and the power of its dedication is here for all to see. Your POV and setting here are just perfect as is your presentation. Just wonderful!
Have a good week - B.
Noel_Byrne (32556) 2013-12-16 5:14
This is a great statue, its very expressive in its body language and conveys well the feeling of those who suffer the horror of terrorism, curl up in a ball, make yourself small and hope for the best. I like the contrast in that the statue itself is so large, but yet he still tries to make himself smaller. As one who hails from a country that also has known terrorism, I find this sculpture very symbolic and thoughtful.
You also composed it brilliantly in the scene, as behind the sculpture we see the lovely day to day of the city, the boat, the mountains, the delicate blue sky and its a little reminder that fear is sometimes not all that far away. Powerful sculpture and shot, thanks!
All the best agus Slainte :)
P.S. Thanks indeed for the workshop on the Phallus (didnt expect to write THAT today!!!). I really like how you lifted the shadows on the foreground, and kept it looking realistic, that's the part I tend to struggle with! I've gotten a good laugh out of all the symbolic pictures floating around lately :)
Sergiom (84603) 2013-12-16 5:27
This one seems tortured. Looks like the Goya's
painting that we can see in Toledo's cathédral.But it is very nice even if it does not seem to be at the right place near the water.
The quality of the picture is perfect as always.
Have a nice day
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-16 6:44
Excellent detailing you have got on this beautiful sculpture.
Very good composition to capture it with an interesting background of the ship and the palm tree. It looks more beautiful.
Very well taken.
photoray (13981) 2013-12-16 7:50
Howdy El Zulolisa,
Interesting detailed sculpture for the sinewy structure, and reminiscent to me of Rodin's "the Thinker". And I note the ferry boat docked in the background which would be a fun way to see the area.
Best wishes for the Holidays,
ikeharel (74843) 2013-12-16 8:12
Beautiful perspective over the statue and the waterfront promenade, Lisa.
The ferry added much scale to the scene.
Looking at the statue from a distance could be mistaken for a real man figure sitting...
my imagination only...
abmdsudi (56388) 2013-12-16 8:20
Certainly a big boy Lisa!! An impressive bronze sculpture and how imposing he is. What a superb work of art this is - the size of it is amazing it must have been quite a feat to cast, finish and transport it into position as it must weigh quite a few tons. Lovely framing as the pov makes him massive with good sense of size in relation to the background, and this shot shows the shapes,textures, tones and details so superbly and the patina in particular is fabulous. A remarkable physio man expertly photographed but he looks really painful on his bum !! LOL
Silvio1953 (148639) 2013-12-16 10:31
Ciao Lisa, fantastica statua ripresa nitidamente e con ottimi dettagli, brava, un abbraccio Silvio
carlo62 (52194) 2013-12-16 14:20
non avrei detto che fosse così grande.
La statua rappresenta molto bene lo stato d'animo delle vittime, credo che ci si possa sentire proprio così, anche se, fortunatamente, non ho mai vissuto e mai spero di vivere questa esperienza.
Un caro saluto
jcpix (13930) 2013-12-16 16:43
Ehehe, my dearest V2...who on earth could you possibly be referring to in your note?? ;) I would agree that there has been a recent trend of some "questionable" material...and frankly I'm shocked, appalled and disappointed.......that there's not more! lol I feel I would be letting you down if I didn't add a comment myself to this one, so please allow me to pontificate. (Not really, that's the only big word I know!?)
Thanks for sparing us of this sculptures twig and berries, very wise execution of exposure...or lack thereof! Good thing too he's in a prone position, all things being equal and size proportionate...yikes! I guess it would be true, "Once you go bronze, you never....." Oh!
On a serious note however, it is a remarkably beautiful sculpture and really does convey a strong sentiment towards those that have suffered through terrorism. I think Noel summed it up sublimely, I would care to echo his thoughts in regard. Extremely well executed in all facets, the dimension and detail is outstanding.
Thanks for tolerating the school boy humor. Have a great afternoon.
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-12-16 19:15
Namaste ! It is an amazing piece of art.I love the posture and the size of the sculpture.Great job done.Just love it.TFS.
KristinsCamera (2384) 2013-12-16 20:57
i had a laugh at brian's comment, wondering when you would "enter the fray" ~
and here you are ;)
interesting choices on the part of the artist ~ so much strength in that very muscular body to represent tortured beings; the size of the statue, daring us to try and ignore the subject of torture; the facelessness of the victims, the exposed nakedness with the turning inside. very provocative ~ not in the way that the others have been, but for all the right reasons.
nice to see people pushing at the edges a bit ~ thanks for giving us your addition, lisa.
papagolf21 (105422) 2013-12-17 1:59
Bonjour, chère Lisa,
La posture prise par cette statue indique presque une position ftale repliée sur elle-même.
La dimension statuaire est impressionnante tout comme le résultat.
Très riche idée.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-12-17 23:52
intriguing sculpture-so powerful and evocative!
I really like how you placed the sculpture in the frame leaving a lot of space to present us also Cartagena´s promenade.
Blue sky would be great,but this is something we do not have any influence,unfortunately:(
Wish You all the best
EstudioChispa (2178) 2013-12-18 7:23
Five meters? He's huge!
And you kept this from being too "artistic" by not dodging the shadows -- although I suspect you may have had a peek, if only to see what the CCD captured, eh? ;-)
I am fighting the urge to go on and on about sculptures and photography, so I will try to confine myself to two issues.
The first, you have handled perfectly here! I read an interview with a sculptor (a graphic artist moving into sculpture later in his career), who observed that the challenge in sculpture is making the image work from every point of view. My experience is that when we photogs then compress the 3-D art into our 2-dimensional medium, the art can backfire and the image sometimes doesn't work. Your POV here, though, is spot-on!
The second issue is the challenge of conveying the size of a sculpture in a foto, and I don't think it has a neat solution. I've resigned myself to accept that (short of placing a person or other known object in the frame next to the statue) the actual size of a piece will be lost in a foto; but by giving up that issue, I find myself freed to present a statue in whatever aspect I choose. Here, you have given us suggestions that he may be giant, as he dwarfs the light standards and the ferry, but we know that could also be a trick of the eye and el Zulo could be a precious little piece that you have brought to the front of the frame to dominate the scene.
Sorry to drone on -- sometimes, writing these notes helps me come to some insight. Sometimes, it doesn't! ;-)
Hope all is well with you and yours!
emka (102742) 2013-12-18 16:06
Hi, Interesting contribution to the recent mood on TE. Sixteen feet (why you in Australia do not use the Systeme International??) is a lot. Impressive monument made like from chocolate. Haha, you do not want to be naughty so some parts are dark.
WArm regrads Malgo
jemaflor (100241) 2013-12-21 8:35
Well taken this original statue, brightness is interesting as the view of the harbour in the Bg, tfs.
Cricri (122669) 2013-12-22 9:27
Hi dear Lisa
Impressionnante statue ou les muscles ressortent incroyablement fort, tout comme sa position repliée!! la brillance et ces couleurs, le cadrage parfait, belle et intéressante image et note