Igor Mitoraj’s "Centauro" statute, standing guard in Montgomery Square at Canary Wharf, London, England. This 1984 bronze creation shows the great mythological beast of the centaur, which is depicted partially incomplete but ready for battle.
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Nicou (122146) 2014-07-05 1:00
quel cadrage et image superbe cette statue noir et en fond ce building avec ce vitrage superbe compo et image fantastique vue.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (24349) 2014-07-05 2:10
Brilliant image, and what a cool idea to portray in black and white. The building behind rises so sharply and its tones stand out so well against the sky, while the centaur is a connection to another time and another land, standing before this modern tower. A beautiful contrast of ideas here, I must see this sculpture when I finally get to see London as a tourist. Thanks for a very cool photo and your knowledge.
All the best
williewhistler (14235) 2014-07-05 2:32
what a brilliant idea,your conversion to mono works ever so well with the shapes and form of the Cenauro contrasting so well against the lines of modern sky scraper.
Perfect execution of a super subject.
Have a good week end,
HimalAnda (9648) 2014-07-05 3:33
The composition is perfect! The centaur is very impressive and the building makes a nice background.
The B&W is elegant, with good contrast. But I think the colors version should be nice too.
tyro (20494) 2014-07-05 3:49
I see that you have taken the precaution of posting this one at just 790 pixels wide so that this website has not "reduced" it at all: that way you certainly seem to have avoided the reduction in image quality and sharpness which occurs when larger images are "shrunk". Having said that, it seems to me that the worst affected images are those which are posted at a native width of 800 pixels - ones posted at much larger sizes, such as 1200 pixels in width, somehow don't seem to lose so much quality.
Anyway, to your photograph. You have sought out the perfect viewpoint here and, with the aid of your lovely wide 20mm lens, have produced a picture with amazing strong perspective and wonderful play of light and shade. The strong regular lines of the building make a perfect backdrop and contrast well with the soft curves of the Centaur which has the most wonderful side lighting, bringing out all its features beautifully. And, as always, impeccable technical quality.
P.S. Thank you for your kind comments on my last picture. Quite honestly, I would never have had any idea about the existence of that quarry either - we were taken there by our tutor or "leader" on this photographic holiday. I'm not quite sure how much I actually learned about the gentle art of photography (though I certainly did last time we went three years ago) but it was a wonderfully convivial holiday, we had brilliant fun, the people were all very nice and we had the opportunity to visit places a "normal" tourist would probably never see, let alone know of their existence. Have a wee look here and here. Philip is a brilliant guy and his wife, Norene, who does all the organising stuff, is absolutely lovely. I'm sure if you went on one of these trips you would enjoy yourself immensely. But you are a very accomplished photographer and might not actually "learn" much - though it is always good just to watch and see how others go about taking their pictures - another great value in TE meetings too!
carlo62 (32911) 2014-07-05 4:26
bellissimo scatto, il Centauro di Mitoraj è splendido e lo hai collocato perfettamente in questo paesaggio urbano.
A Pietrasanta c'è la versione senza uomo a terra che ho già presentato in precedenza.
Ottima scelta del b&w, rende il tutto più drammatico, mettendo in evidenza la lotta mostrata dalla statua
SnapRJW (31201) 2014-07-05 5:30
Hello Brian - A super upward looking composition sets the fabulous bronze sculpture against the contrasting geometry of the architecture. I love the way you have used the raised horses leg here, it is a strong, visual feature of your composition.
Have a great weekend. Tennis? Footie? F1? Tour de Yorkshire? Lots going on.
rychem (23326) 2014-07-05 8:35
Great POV, this Centaur is very well taken against the facade of a futuristic building, very nice vertical perspective, I think that is a good choice of the BW version
marabu61 (8385) 2014-07-05 12:45
Now that picture is a real stunner! The low point of view is perfect, the sharpness and clarity amazing and the black and white approach brings out the modern architecture and the statue wonderfully. One word only, SUPERB
have a great weekend
PiotrF (8790) 2014-07-05 17:14
Nice view of this statue and modern architecture. It is perfectly framed in a well chosen vertical format. Congratulations on your excellent conversion B&W.
jjcordier (76416) 2014-07-05 22:39
Superbe photo d'architecture en noir et blanc avec une belle exploitation de la sculpture de Mitoraj en premier plan (il y a une de ses sculptures à La Défense à Paris). Le grand angle et la prise de vue en contreplongée donnent son originalité à l'image.
kasianowak (6497) 2014-07-06 10:55
Great use of black and white medium to create an unusual work. I really like the lines, shapes and patterns, as well the low key feel of this image.
Have a nice evening
adores (37153) 2014-07-25 9:10
Somehow, the statue makes a great contrast with the modern architecture. A great pov and a really good b&w conversion. They seem huge!
- Copyright: Brian Denton (timecapturer) (48840)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-07-03
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Sony Alpha 850 DSLR, Sony F20mm F2.8 SAL
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Monochrome [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-05 0:56