Yesterday, we went to Gräfsnäs (municipality of Alingsås), a bit northeast of Gothenburg.
Here was once a big castle, bult in 1550 by Sten Eriksson Leijonhufvud. The castle burned several times and now only the ruins remain.
However, this is a very fine surrounding for some reenactment shows, performed by a society called West Giöta Gustavianer (West Goth Gustavians). The men are dressed in uniform from the era of Gustav III (second part of the 18th century. The women are dressed as ”allmoge” (common people).
This lady was busy spinning when we arrived. In the WS you can see a better picture, including the spindle.
There were also men dressed as Caroleans, in uniforms from the beginning of the 18th century.
They all reenacted a ”battle”, or maybe it was an uprising, from around the middle of the 18th century.
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tyro (22164) 2011-07-10 5:06
I think everyone this morning must still be fast asleep for this picture deserves a lot more attention than it has thus far received.
A beautifully lit photograph of this lady spinning her yarn, the line of the thread sitting exactly at the "third" and her eyes obviously fixed at the "business end" of the thread which she is spinning.
The excellent side/back lighting and the bright red clothing of the lady make her stand out nicely against the darker background. There is a strong vertical line between her raised arm with hand holding the unspun wool to the bottom of the picture - cunningly dividing her face perfectly down the moddle and between her eyes!
A great composition, a fine workshop picture and an interesting note too. I very much like these historic re-enactments - we have one here in Lanark each year and it's nice to witness the enthusiasm and skill which these people demonstrate, be they Romans, Vikings, Napoleonic soldiers or whatever.
Nicou (130181) 2011-07-10 6:38
Très bellee scèn et compo superbe iamge de cette dame avec le beau costume rouge splendide image.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (45281) 2011-07-10 6:39
A different kind of picture with a historic connection, very colourful with its bright red, blue and yellow, and a green lawn. The nice looking lady has been captured while concentrating hard on her work and the thin yarn splits her face, and the picture, in an interesting way. She looks vaguely familiar, but I guess that's because she has a rather typical Swedish face. She should have been blonde, though. She was obviously aware of your camera, but did you tell her she would be on TE?
Fis2 (90089) 2011-07-10 9:08
Good reportorial photo.
I like frame and colors.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-07-10 11:02
The portrait of this woman of the people is pleasantly made. You have to capture the concentration of the face. The light and the colors of this interesting photo are pleasant. The ws completes very well your work. Bravo.
Have a nice day
bukitgolfb301 (37732) 2011-07-10 11:19
Hi my dear Gunnar, how are you?
Sorry for my late reply as I just come back to Tokyo.
A wonderful significnat portrait shot!
Complete sequare format is best idea for this case indeed.
Perfect framewrok and compsition are perfect as usual.
Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good start of new week!
Takero from hot TOKYO
Budapestman (82620) 2011-07-10 12:37
a very nice portrait with attrctive composition and details, the colours and lights are very nice, beautiful shot, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
PS. to my photo from Silvretta: I have very beautiful memories of this beautiful country too. We were hiking splendidly... I go back any time, the fresh air, the mountains and the mood are real medicines.
emka (86535) 2011-07-10 23:01
I like such places with people dressed in the old costumes. Sometimes guides are dressed - it happens in many twon on Independence Trail in USA. Nice portrait of spinning woman in red dress, of course.
Regards from Croatia, cloudless sky, hot, and too many people on the beach for my taste.
Graal (100114) 2011-07-10 23:44
an interesting presentation. Nice portrait and old historic costumes. Good WS also. Well photowork.
Have a nice day.
mjdundee (4663) 2011-07-11 1:31
Nice portrait of the spinning lady. I always wonder what makes these people jump between the centuries.
Seems kind of escape from reality to me. I also found your WS to be usefull but could not find a button to mark it as such. Anyway. TFS
Ricx (13495) 2011-07-11 1:41
Hi Gunnar, what a great POV and good thought behind the shot..with the thin thread disecting the womens face.. good light management and nice fine sharp detail.. well done.. you have given me an idea for next week when we have a re enactment of an old battle in the nearby village.. have a good week Rich
rodgerg (55767) 2011-07-11 3:40
Excellent portrait with the expression nad the attitude of the lady very well collected. Superb natural colors with a very good contrast between the vived red, the green and the white well exposed.
Have a nice week,
Silvio1953 (130430) 2011-07-11 12:59
Ciao Gunnar, lovely composition with beautiful woman in great action, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
danyy (0) 2011-07-11 23:53
Place aux traditions et c'est une excellente idée.
Une photo simple remplie de charme.
Atousa (7131) 2011-07-12 4:20
Nice timing!.. I like the vivid colors n interesting details of this shot.. good to see the lady in her traditional dress.. thanks for the full pic in the WS as well.
Best regards, Atousa
TopGeo (38208) 2011-07-15 6:36
Interesting scene. But perhaps the style is an old a historic time to even impress?
Good portrait I like frame and colors A warm note and charm
paololg (31448) 2011-07-16 14:13
Amazing sharpness, dear Gunnar, a photo captured with perfect quality. Very impressive the definition of wire wool. it's always pleasant and interesting to see these ancient events, especially the old crafts, which are now gone. Truly an excellent photo, congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice Sunday!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-07-16 14:29
A very nice shot of this reenactment. A lady with the steel wool yarn doing the spinning. Nice colors and sharpness.
raszid62 (18515) 2011-07-18 9:35
Bästa porträtt av en kvinna i traditionella folkdräkter, svenska?
Hennes ansikte garn uppdelad i två lika stora delar. Medeltida brutit läger på slottet väggarna i bakgrunden. Utmärkta färger och skärpa.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-07-18 23:58
Très belle photo montrant une femme avec une tenue d'époque absorbée par le travail !
Belle lumière et belles couleurs !
dip (23844) 2011-07-19 0:05
very beautiful photos (the WS too!)
we can see nice details like in former times,very well captured!
serp2000 (42096) 2011-07-20 11:02
my compliments! You are a great master of provocative photos ))) Excellent PoV! Fine composition and good exposure! TFS!
larsy (28) 2011-10-04 23:40
Roligt att det finns personer som vill hålla de gamla hantverken levande.
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2012-12-12 13:27
Hello Gunnar, great representation of an ancient handmade work!Great bright colors and great capture of the serious expression on her face. A nice portrait and very useful comment!
kato (11630) 2014-04-18 0:30
You're capturing well this scene by a good macro, s good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle the woman wearing the traditional costume in the 18th century is spinning. It is also interesting to have hung down long thread from the bunch to spin. The whole is harmonized well by the beautiful color combination.
- Copyright: Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) (37692)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-09
- Categories: Daily Life, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-07-10 3:28