Haida stories tell of how the first people emerged from a gigantic clam shell on the beach at Rose Spit. They got out with the help of Raven, who is the most powerful creature from myth time.
Raven was wandering on the beach, when he heard some noise coming from a clam shell. He looked more closely and saw that it was full of little human creatures.
They were terrified by the Raven and the big world outside the shell.
"So, the Raven leaned his great head close to the shell, and with the smooth trickster's tongue, that had got him into and out of so many misadventures, in his troubled and troublesome existence, he coaxed and cajoled and coerced the little creatures to come out and play in his wonderful, shiny, new world.
This sculpture by Haida artist Billy Reid stands in the Museum of Anthropology on the wast campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Billy Reid was the son of an american father and a first nation mother, he was born in 1920 and was a sculptor, painter, silversmith, jeweler and spokesperson for the Haida people. His work can be seen on the canadian 20 Dollar note. He died in 1998.
The campus of the University of British Columbia is a city within the city. The vast expanse is home to almost 50'000 students.
Due to the difficult light conditions with the large overhead window and the dark shadows inside, this picture is a HDR from three separate pictures.
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icesurfer (414) 2013-08-27 13:42
A very interesting myth, and you really captured it with this picture. Good choice of the POV, and very good use of HDR to get the full range without the result looking artificial at all.
fabbs99 (11102) 2013-08-27 23:08
Great sculpture. Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done.
macjake (45588) 2013-08-28 5:06
so you made it all the way out to UBC eh?
you certainly got around.
its a far ways away that campus!
most people who visit Vancouver never make it here.
Without the HDR, i'm sure the photo wouldn't have come out as well as it has. the textures are very fine in all areas. smart choice.
Nice to know there are a few others who can use HDR correctly!
nice shot of this unique subject, probably the first time shown on TE?
eldancer1 (20772) 2013-08-28 9:06
Awesome capture of this mythical sculpture. I think ancient artworks way ahead of their time. Nice pov and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-08-28 9:36
The problem with art installations is that they may be designed for optimum viewing in person, but inadvertently they often do not lend themselves to photography. You have overcome two obvious challenges here -- you have incorporated the skylight dome in a pleasing (the compositional element of the great arc) and effective (the bright background behind Raven's head) manner, and you have somehow managed to get enough light into the underside of this work to show great detail.
GREAT work, Daniel!
Romano46 (11461) 2013-08-28 10:48
una eccellente ripresa di un bel soggetto evidenziato nella migliore della maniere e racchiuso in una composizione di alto livello.
Particolarmente bella anche la luce che lo illumina e che ne esalta le belle linee, il tutto fotografato in una situazione di luce non certo facile.
Ciao e buona serata
Noel_Byrne (13314) 2013-08-29 0:28
Now that is a cool sculpture, and a cool story behind it too. Love your point of view managing the light so well despite being right into it. Funny, the raven is a big figure in Irish mythology too, and can be found in a number of stories, also usually being playful or otherwise.
Love the note with this, especially the phrase Shiny New World.
All the best
mesutilgim (72978) 2013-08-30 13:28
Very nice capture with many interesting notes.
Again learned something throgh TE.
TFS and have a nice weekend
mcmtanyel (5219) 2013-09-06 8:00
First, congratulations on great light management under challenging light conditions. Great sharpness and good composition add to your competent light management to yield a very aesthetically pleasant photo. Thanks for the informative note.