We spent a week in Perthshire, Central Highlands, before meeting others for a super TE meeting further south in Scotland in Peebles (kindly organised by Tyro). This picture was taken in the small village of St. Fillans looking across Loch Earn. The art installation is called the 'Four Seasons' by Rob Mulholland. Although it is reported that there are two male and two female forms we only saw two. The morning was rather dull but there were some low clouds and a little light to make the art work interesting. The female form is shown in the WS.
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ManuMay (33975) 2013-10-29 11:14
Wonderful, surpressive, poetic...pure art...a very beautiful capture, like a metaphore, delicate...Great!!
Congratulations and thanks for sharing this amazing image...Thanks...
rbassin (13275) 2013-10-29 11:21
Une composition où l'art est mis en scène; c'est bien fait et l'effet est surprenant.
holmertz (31226) 2013-10-29 11:28
This is not a Magritte, but it has a bit of a Magritte atmosphere anyway and is in any case a great work of art and a very fine photo. It's a wonderful place for an installation like this, and you have used the light very well and taken superb advantage of the scenery.
boa (4605) 2013-10-29 11:40
very cool shot! I agree with Gert, my first thought was also Magritte or perhaps a front cover on a LP. Pink Floyd? Excellent composition, the light conditions and color tones was perfect for this scene. A very artistic picture.
Have a nice evening.
Romano46 (11393) 2013-10-29 11:53
una fotografia incredibile, quasi metafisica per la presenza inquetante di quest'opera dal duplice aspetto.
A mio parere è anche straordinario il luogo nel quale essa è stata collocata e credo anche che all'atto della ripresa tu abbia trovato la giusta lkuce per valorizzare sia essa che l'ambiente che la circonda.
Una ripresa perfetta per un soggetto straordinario!
Ciao e buona serata
nikkitta (8885) 2013-10-29 11:58
Happy you have resisted the heavy storm and winds, was worried by all of you( Mariusz, you, Andrew, Les) watching ST Jude and it results that you all were happy together at a TE meeting
I prefer Loch, lakes , gardens without modern art
Here this kind of Magritte figure and its reflections add some contrast at the bluish atmosphere, something melancholic and very romantic
Prefer the man at the woman in the WS (But I am a woman)
mjw364 (6142) 2013-10-29 12:11
I was lucky enough to have a preview of this one! Great shot - right up my street, creative, artisitic and original! Love it.
fabbs99 (11030) 2013-10-29 12:42
Great shot and very well captured.unique composition.keep posting.TFS.
marabu61 (5863) 2013-10-29 13:06
I have now read several notes about that famous TE meeting you had up there in Scotland and it seems that you all had a great time, good for you.
This is wonderfully poetic and tranquil photo, more like a dream indeed. The quality of the light and reflections on the sculpture is gorgeous and the overall effect very pleasing.
have a great day
oss (385) 2013-10-29 13:13
This is awesome.
You had a great subject and you made masterful picture of it. The top half looks as if its a water reflection itself. Your photo enhances the mystery/melancholy. If i was such an artist myself i would ask you to make my photo portfolio.
Congratulations. I have to add my points.
Energysavingelk (727) 2013-10-29 13:20
good, original work by the artist, well taken by the photographer. Even the wave pattern seems to fit the pattern displayed on the form.
But what about this irritating little red spot left above from the head? A buoy, or is it a boat?
Regards from Rhineland
dale54 (5733) 2013-10-29 13:55
ann hello..superb shot..wonderful work all around,love the reflection..and those distant hills! dale
romanaa (7640) 2013-10-29 14:56
a very surreal image, I love it, quite ghostly feel, the statue goes so well with the greyish weather.
Wonderful picture, gives me shivers
PS. I wish I could meet you lot there. :-)
daddo (20621) 2013-10-29 15:35
Hi Ann. Surreal,Dali inspired and most poetic. it somehow together with the weather and the subtle light seems to convey the transience of existence and captures also a feeling of solitude and uniqueness of each being. Personally i think the cloudy weather and heavy sky add to the whole. Regards. Klaudio.
macjake (45574) 2013-10-29 19:19
I think Manu said it best, this scene has a 'poetic' feel to it.
It would be very difficult to duplicate this type of scene on any other photo shoot. Unique for sure!!
cool to see the reflections of the water against the sculpture. and for some reason the 'dull' atmosphere seems to work well and compliment the scene.
emka (64124) 2013-10-29 23:40
I have heard about the next British meeting and I am looking forward to see many photos from it. What an usual installation set in fantastic landscape. Amazing shot.
Royaldevon (21379) 2013-10-30 1:02
It's good to see that you reached home safely.
This is such an eye-catching shot.
The concept reminds me very much of the Anthony Gormley statues, standing in the sea, at Crosby.
Your photograph is beautifully composed, whilst the low clouds and grey sky create a mood of mystery that would not have been achieved with a bright blue sky.
Surprisingly, the small red buoy has an effect greater than its size, helping to draw attention across the loch.
Have a lovely day,
CLODO (26402) 2013-10-30 1:42
Absolutly stunning! As a painting of René Magritte, where we don't know where is the real part!
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-10-30 2:18
absolutely stunning visual effect!(it feels at first like a scene from "Predator" movie)
Minimalistic,but so evocative and eye-catching composition!
Beautiful and intriguing work of art and superb capture of it!
Have a nice day
snunney (72604) 2013-10-30 4:07
Though the scenery is completely different the art installation calls to mind Anthony Gormley's work on Crosby Beach near Liverpool. You have placed the installation and its lovely reflection perfectly, making a strong composition. I like very much the soft light and colours. Thank for sharing.
SnapRJW (23538) 2013-10-30 5:56
Fascinating art work Ann and I like the minimal almost monochromatic look of the simple but delicately managed shots. The weather was perfect for this subject. I cannot image in nearly as beautiful on a bright sunny day. Warm regards Rosemary
saxo042 (33878) 2013-10-30 6:47
These reflective sculptures are really very special. It would have been interesting to see them "live", I imagine that they look better with the changes of light and waves etc. The background landscape is also very impressive!
timecapturer (36978) 2013-10-30 7:07
this is so special. Love the workshop one too! Strangely the weather worked in your favour here, because it adds to the atmosphere and effect of this creative and beautifully original image. Love it!
Regards - Brian.
parvatibb (1063) 2013-10-30 13:07
I like the science fiction effect! I am such a sucker for x-files:)
and the blue tones of the sky and kind of fogy clouds make the affect deeper. Great composition.
mesutilgim (72900) 2013-10-31 3:15
What an amazing capture with good pov and layout. Very nice reflections and many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice day
Cricri (92095) 2013-10-31 6:38
J'aime l'originalité de cette image, artistique, irréelle, bel effet de miroir avec la transparence de l'eau, la profondeur et les montagnes sous la brume, superbe réalisation
Silvio1953 (105381) 2013-10-31 8:59
Ciao Anne, great view of fantastic lake, lovely composition with original statue, fascinating reflections, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ourania (18532) 2013-10-31 11:14
such a fine and moody image, I like very much how you opted for a vertical frame and kept your composition simple so that the intriguing artwork and the moody colours communicate their story unaffected by distractions and interventions. There's a fascinating sense of stillness and of subtle motion. The depth, the textures and the fog contribute a lot to the mesmerizing atmosphere. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
williewhistler (9819) 2013-10-31 14:00
your imaginative composition has produced a most attractive shot,the figure and its reflection is perfectly placed in the frame.
Actually I quite enjoy the red buoy in the distance.
Best regards Les.
Didi (51263) 2013-11-01 9:00
I tought that is was a post processing
Good deep foreground
Interesting sculpture who braves the elements of nature
Nice misty view in the far hills
Nicou (105679) 2013-11-02 6:11
fantastique vue quelle iamge ce personnage à double qui se fond dans l'eau et ce découpage quelle compo avec le bleu et c'est comme si on voyait au travers et un reflets c'est fabuleux.
Bravo et amitié
rigoletto (32746) 2013-11-02 6:44
if i were a novelist, i would die to pay for the copyrights of this one, to have it as a cover of my latest bestseller (or would love to see it on the cover of eg. "The Outsider" by Camus). the artist was flying high here, and you captured the very essence of this artwork. amazing!
tyro (15679) 2013-11-02 17:30
Clearly you have made the very most of your extended trip to Scotland - you're already posting some wonderful pictures before you've even started show us any of your Scottish Borders ones! :o)
I must confess that I was a bit puzzled by your picture because I wasn't quite sure exactly what I was seeing - why was the head of this figure dark and yet the reflection of the head in the water was not? So I had to look at Rob Mulholland's website and there I found that these "Four Seasons" sculptures were, in fact, "reflective" sculptures fashioned out of stainless steel and so were, themselves, reflective too - and that sort of solved the riddle.
I supect that you walked along the little jetty to take this one (and your fine workshop picture of the female figure too) and, looking at Rob Mulholland's website, I just wonder if you missed at least one of the sculptures because it was "hiding" under the jetty?
Anyway, Ann, this is a very fine photograph with some very fine lighting and delightful soft tones and colours. Incredibly clear and sharp too. But do you know what really "makes" this one for me? - it's that tiny orange buoy just below the horizon on the left - that tiny and otherwise insignificant speck just holds the whole composition together perfectly!
An interesting note too as well as fine food for thought and contemplation! I really must visit this lovely place again soon!
P.S. I love the female form too - do you think she's looking down to check that her bum doesn't look too big in her swimsuit? :o)
worldcitizen (5613) 2013-11-03 18:21
This is a great idea for a work of art - and a photo! The scenery is beautiful, and then there are the double reflections: the water in the artwork, and the artwork in the water! It is a bit surreal, and very lovely. :-)
delpeoples (48576) 2013-11-06 3:28
This really is a classy shot. Original and oh so beautiful. The silvery reflections of the art installation surrounded by the silvery blue tones of the water have created such an ethereal atmosphere, as does the Scottish mist in the BG. This is stunning landscape even without the artwork, but including it takes it to a whole new level.
Thanks for sharing, it's breath-taking
adores (30783) 2013-11-08 15:53
It may look a simple art installation but the result is fantastic! I love the reflections - they must change a lot, according to the weather and season. This one is very good, because of the reflections and symmetry. Looks the man is admiring the landscape! Great work!
tatadalou (3975) 2013-11-14 14:16
Great composition, I love the reflection of the sculpture on the sea. Finally, the bad weather provides you an appropriate light for this artistic shot. The low clouds in the background adds some more mystery.
Rafer (14751) 2013-11-17 4:21
Greetings my friend... good art in the water anr fantastic solitude landscape... :)
zoomer (4225) 2013-11-24 12:27
Hi,your composition is perfect for incorporating the magic of this artwork into the moody atmosphere of the scene.Excellent work,all the best Wolf.