Good Morning Everyone,
As promised, this is a close-up of one of Anthony Gormley's large models, situated on the beach at Crosby.
The models are life-size and are casts made from the artist's own body. There are 100 of these models situated around the beach. Some are close to the water line and become submeged at high tide. It is interesting watching the water move in, surging around the feet and slowly submerging the body.
As w/s, I will add other views of the statues, one showing the reaction of two ladies, the other a close-up showing facial details.
If you would like more information about this permanent exhibition, please click here for the Sefton Council's page.
Thank you for stopping by.
I hope you have found this interesting, Bev :-)
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ChrisJ (100136) 2012-03-13 1:40
The warm dark red rust brown colors of the scuplture contrast well against the blue sky. The bg wind turbines add interest & the people in the distance animate the scene. Not sure about the 4 Frankenstein type bolts, in the back of the statue. Hope it doesnt start to walk in the water! But that's more directed at the artist, rather than the photographer. Tfs!
guld (1042) 2012-03-13 2:43
How veey interesting! I have never heard of this outddor exhibit. The color and the stance of the statue is very eye-catching. Depth of Field is very nice. the blue sky and th clouds add to the photo.
SnapRJW (31613) 2012-03-13 2:59
Hello Bev - I'm so pleased you have posted a Gormley figure. My son has taken some shots of this amazing place (B&W) and its good to see a colour shot. The figure stiff and straight backed looks so incongruous standing on the beach with feet buried in the sand. I like the fact that you have 'real' people in the shot, they together with wind turbines add a sense of place and accentuate the vastness of the flat beach scape. A strong and successful composition. I thin I shall have to pay this place a visit! Warm regards Rosemary
timecapturer (49288) 2012-03-13 3:45
I love these statues on the beach they are so attractive and effective just looking out to sea. You have captured their presence so perfectly here, super sharp and composed with a sense of scale and in a great light. Love it!
Regards - Brian.
tyro (20778) 2012-03-13 4:31
An interesting note and a very fine picture with which to illustrate it. Even more interesting are your workshop pictures.
Are all these stautes identical? I know that they are all life-size representations of the artists's own body, but are they all the same and in the same posture? And what are those four bits - one on each buttock and one on each shoulder blade - are they the casting marks of the iron figures? And what about the figure being admired by the two ladies in one of your workshop pictures - has someone draped some seaweed over the figure to represent a fine head of hair?
Lovely lighting in this one with, again, good juxtaposition of two complementary colours - yellow (sand) and blue (sky). Again, a gorgeous sky, helped by your use of a polarising filter, and excellent composition with two figures of people (or, perhaps, a person and a statue) right in line of sight of the foreground statue. Excellent sharpness and detail too with wind turbines clearly visible on the horizon.
Sergiom (62070) 2012-03-13 6:17
Le cadrage bien choisi nous donne l'impression de participer avec la statue et de voir la même chose qu'elle ce qui est des plus intéressant.
ikeharel (58929) 2012-03-13 9:37
For a moment I thought you taken a vacation...in such a place, you know...
A most magnificent POV to take a wide empty sandy space on the beach, and post the statue like he was looking towards the horizon.
There I spot many wind-turbines - from here I can imagine a conclussion that someone just landed from another era - to look at our future with no fossil-fuels consumed.
MJR (3360) 2012-03-13 14:47
A fine sunny shot of this amazing beachscape.
And darn, I have an image waiting for the day to upload, as I had noticed there were no others - and as usual procrastination got the better of me.
Lovely strong colours, helped no end by SUNSHINE !!, give a very good feel for the statues. I have only ever been there on cold grey days..
love your WSs too !
delpeoples (53419) 2012-03-14 1:52
An excellent shot of this fascinating statue. I probably would have panned a little further to the right in order to capture the entire shadow of the statue. Superb sharpness and beautiful earthy tones. I am intrigued with these status where they become submerged by the tide. Fascinating!
Have a beautiful day
Nicou (124243) 2012-03-14 3:43
Quelle statue dans ce sable super cimage et compo grandisoe cpatage quelle compo avec l'immensité met cette vue superbe.
Bravo et amitié
chrisostomou (568) 2012-03-14 5:55
very interesting exhibition for sure! really funny till to realize it is a statue…great sharpness and clearness..magnificent colors of the sand and the blue sky! nice work!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-03-14 11:27
These statues are artistic creations, very amazing. You did a very effective composition, which shows brilliantly that silhouette, beautiful under the light. The colors and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
holmertz (42281) 2012-03-14 11:35
Seeing the thumbnail, my first tought was "uh-uh, nudity, not permitted". ;-)
Looking closer I see it's a fine shot of an impressive statue in an unusual but very attractive place. Art, I guess mainly sculptures, get a new dimension and significance when seen in an unexpected context. Surrounded by the huge stretch of sand and the clouds above, this brown man looks weird and beautiful. I think you placed him quite correctly too, just off-centre, his back to the edge, looking into the composition.
saxo042 (37588) 2012-03-14 13:47
An interesting picture! Just looking at the thumbprint, I thought this was a photo of what they in German call FKK (Freikörperkultur = free body culture). We saw a lot of this at St.Peter Ording when we were there last September. But of course, this is England... This is a very fine picture, together with the WS:s, and and a good note. There is a very fine depth in this picture and very good colours.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-03-14 13:53
suggestive shot, I like the composition and the atmosphere of the photo, the colours and lights are splendid, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
bayno (18342) 2012-03-14 17:14
a statue really beautiful and interesting, the photo is well executed with a great depth, beautiful light and sky wonderful, I also like the BG with the blades of wind energy, also interesting WS especially that with women, charming shot...
my best regards...
bertolucci (13358) 2012-03-15 1:30
Good mornin' Bev!
A fine catch of this stature, looking at the humans a bit further down the beach. The weathered appearance adds a lot to the storytelling and those 'bolt marks' have the same affect. A very good capture of a very intersting art project in its intended context!
Have a lovely day !
jhm (140643) 2012-03-15 5:18
What a idea of the artist these nice statues to places on the beach this on different places.
Excellent picture of you with a wonderful blue sky in background
You took again a very nice picture with a lot nice details.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too. TFS.
sacavem (18614) 2012-03-15 10:15
Very interesting these statues in the middle of the "beach". After all it is art at all sites. Good photography complement the one already posted above. TFS.
Cricri (108087) 2012-03-16 4:04
Cela doit être fascinant de voir ces statue sur la plage, j'aime la façon dont vous l'avez cadrer face a la mer, l'ombre sur le sable, intéressante vue aussi sur les WS, superbe
macjake (57468) 2012-03-17 0:34
haha...so funny, even before reading your note below, i said to myself "as promised" - in reference to you saying on the post previous that you'd show us the statue! :)
and you start off by saying "as promised"....awesome!
even funnier is that in the position you're standing, it almost looks as if there is smoke coming out of the ears of the statue!
and yes, this is very interesting indeed. for people who are just visiting the area, perhaps they mistake someone getting submerged in water!
strange post, but i like it.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-03-18 6:38
Interesting and intriguing sculptures! I love the idea that it gets submerged in waters depending on the tides. I wish the lifeguards there don't get confused with the real ones. Great post! The square format works out pretty well, though in my opinion, it would've been interesting seeing the whole shadow. Anyway, TFS
jester5 (2018) 2012-03-22 6:54
A surreal image and a great one Beverley.Beautiful composition and colour.
I too was wondering about the bits on buttocks and shoulder blades and concluded that that is where the wings were attached before he was sent to earth on a recce.;-)
danyy (0) 2012-03-28 1:06
l'avant plan, cette statue bien placée joue en faveur de la profondeur ainsi que ces éoliennes au lointain. Une DOF très longue qui donne de la netteté partout.
thebest (4276) 2012-03-30 12:08
Oh at first glance I thought this was the UK chef...can't think of his name?
Then I wondered about the bionic fixtures.
After reading the notes I am much wiser... interesting would be great to see... on my next trip to the UK I shall have to visit Crosby.
It is a great photo POV colours & clarity are all excellent.
kennyblack (4207) 2012-03-31 11:47
Very interesting and superb your image of the statue that he admires the sea. You take a good angle and good choice of persons that can be seen at a distance that give dynamism to' image.
Great job, congratulations
Greetings and best wishes for good night and good weekend ... Marino
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (30789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-08-22
- Categories: Nature, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-13 1:09