What can remind one, out of all things on earth, of the Siegfried Idyll in a shopping mall?! Well, something of the sort happened to me when I noticed the man on the left passing by a man's fashion boutique. His silhouette, perhaps the hat he wore as well, recalled an etching of the portrait of Richard Wagner. Of course my associations started to flow from there on... with the young blonde man on the poster being no other than Siegfried, the hero of Wagner's opera of the same title, killing a dwarf and a dragon, freeing the lovely Brünnhilde from the circle of flames... and me from the tedium of a mall!
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rafid76 (0) 2006-11-28 13:14
great use of the b&w here, expecially at night. i always use that tone in the dark. it really brings out allot of emotion and personality to images as you have here.well done
delnaja (2054) 2006-11-28 13:16
a bit scary?! : ) The head of the man passing reminds me Freddy Kruger....
pgorod (1019) 2006-11-28 13:21
The similarity with the etching portrait is striking...!
I really appreciate your composition here: the headless manequin, the huge (heroic?) head. The way the shadow of the man is outlined by the girl in the poster... great work!
hubert (1577) 2006-11-28 15:41
Buona Sera Signora Sasa.
Seems he had lost the head for you.
Angelillo (9372) 2006-11-28 15:41
Original and intelligent ideas association. It's true the man seems Wagner, and I like very much how you creates a history. The light emerging of the darkness is like a melody coming out from silence. Very beautiful! Thanks,
arindam_thokder (3985) 2006-11-28 17:02
The shadow of the Mysterious head in the left bottom corner made this one for me. Other than that the image has great tones. Excellent shot Sasa.
AmiBe (6042) 2006-11-28 17:18
great, great one !
So much things I like here... the mannequin without head on the FG... good light on it.
The head on the poster, I don't know why but I do an association with the mannequin....
And the strange silhouette in front of the lady...
A mysterious shot for me with excellent tones.
eleparc (24063) 2006-11-28 18:07
at least three portraits in one plus a few scenes intricated into each other...I love the result! not quite sure how you achieved but not sure i want to know.. i like to keep the magic ;-))
great photo sasa
coco (30439) 2006-11-28 18:36
Very suggerent picture where I like how you play with the lights and the shadows. And the sepia, I think, works much better than black and white and colour.
vapours (8264) 2006-11-28 21:12
A nice collection of images here Sarolta, thats really some kind of look on that mans face, very attention demanding. Once again, perfect PP work.
Ulishna (2268) 2006-11-29 2:58
impressive! Really, it's very nice fashion-art-photo! Very good B&W and so many layers there.
luisafonso (862) 2006-11-29 9:18
Amazing Sasa! I don't need to check the link for Richard's portrait because as a lover of classical music (I am currently listen to Schoenberg's Transfigured Night btw) I know it too well. Wagner is not a man that plays regularly on my cd player (I prefer some of his 'followers' like Bruckner and Mahler) but I do love this picture based on his world. Siegfried striking arian presence really dominates the scene. The headless mannequin, Wagner's profile against that white angel, the cinematic still on the right; all these are perfect connecting elements in this image. The sepia? Perfect as always. I love this one a lot!
sothy81 (9546) 2006-11-29 11:24
Hi Sarolta, this is a great artistic picture. I like your perspective. Quite original. Sothy,
pat0500 (21561) 2006-11-29 12:57
A little resemblance to me...:)
A good framing and a good framework for this beautiful photograph. A good black and white.....me too...:)
Good shot Sarolta..!
marknunnerley (2780) 2006-11-29 13:31
Come on Sasa, were you drawn to the silhouette of the man in the cap, the blonde model (male) or what? Very dark and moody. A real hit this, one of the best I have seen you do.
Ps I liked the blond model. (The female one that is!)
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-11-29 14:15
Wow, this is cool Sarolta ... and indeed there is the shadow of Richard Wagner's reincarnation. That's so crazy, isn't it. Oh, and Siegfried is so strong and handsome.
Strange that your picture is b+w, for me it is full of colours.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-11-29 17:22
Very nice use of modern comercialism to give us some ancient mythical symbolism. I think it work well speciall with the disproportional sizes of the two images,
Furachan (0) 2006-11-29 18:11
Vintage Sasa and so well put together. The silhouette IS Wagner, you called it! A very reach composite which makes my random reflections pale in comparison. Fine work and stimulating too on a grey, blustery Tokyo morning.
brevbrev14 (140) 2006-11-30 3:35
Hi Sasa, this a wonderful....Richard Wagner when he was young!!
Fantastic the man on the left side!great capture and conversion!
bantonbuju (51771) 2006-11-30 8:21
visiting your photos after mr. grabarczyk and trying to write something reasonable is a useless effort, the guy "kills" all my enthusiasm with his smart critiques :-))
just let me mention that i love the way you included some details that "humanize" the poster and still managed to keep it perfectly as a dominating object (and iots not only the size of the "rest" that doeas the trick here)
best wishes, j.
Philippe (11836) 2006-11-30 10:06
Hi, Sasa. What a look! As a male, I'd have preferred the lady instead of the man, but I can unbderstand your point of view ;o). The man's ordinary silhouette looks so shapeless compared to the wild beauty of the model. There is a good depth in the picture thanks to the ojects displayed in the shop window. Perfect in B&W.
jjcordier (73824) 2006-11-30 12:26
Superbe composition. Parfaite adéquation entre le titre et les différents éléments de cette vitrine et bon choix du noir et blanc particulièrement bien adapté ici. La tête de "Wagner" en silhouette est l'élément de génie en plus. Bravo, Sarolta!
KevRyan (22952) 2006-12-02 7:13
Can't fool me - this is actually a scene for LOtR and that is Bilbo Baggins resisting the lure of some siren human whilst looking for Aragorn who just happens to pop up in the background at the right moment - get with the programme Hobbit!! On the other hand the surreal disembodiment of the head from the mannequin spins me into a different kind of imagining ....and then spookily i remember the chilling dwarf from Don't Look Now' - for me still one of the most haunting and scary films ever......
Siegfried seems a calmer option.......dwarfs, dragons, circles of flames......well you nearly got it right..... :-)))
Gandalf the White!
Polonaise (5802) 2006-12-02 19:55
Once, upon a time, I was insane enough to see a Dickens's Pickwick Club character in one of your early photos. Yes, it was insane. Your silence was your response to my imaginary craziness.
Now, who of us is more romantically insane, dear Sasa?
That Wagner's silhouette (YES ! It is Wagner !), but the Siegfried...? The third of the Nibelungs ?
But...but...It's ME, Sarolta. The striking resemblance - the same eyes, the nose, the chin, the hair...the age!!
The same handsome ME !! I can't be mistaken.. Simply impossible.
And my Brünnhilde, my lovely Brünnhilde - the one to the left... I can't deny it - that's her...
Let's call good ol' Richard W. and ask him...(:-)))))
I'm in awe for your imagination, and the class you show to explain the situation of photographing someone else's photographs and find the reason for doing such thing.
Yes ! You found the reason. There is a context.
You're excused entirely, IMHO.
The context is great, with a pinch of humor, gigantic load of intellect, and the highest photography skills there are.
100% Sasa? You better believe, folks...
That Pickwick's character - I still see it !!!
mlopes (494) 2006-12-04 20:22
Enough is enough Sassa!!!
This is breathtaking, i really can't believe this compo... what a great photo, almost with a cinematographic feel :)
I love it.
keribar (43841) 2006-12-07 0:00
Being a great fan of classical music, it is no wonder that I was attracted both by the picture and the title "Siegfried Idyll " It is true that the silhouetted man's profile recalls Wagner's portrait, perhaps the blond handsome guy could portray Siegfried as you say, or perhaps you simply liked him. But I will also add that the BW light palette makes it a picture worth of being studied and appreciated:
I wish you a very good week-end - Izzet
Vato_Law (12720) 2006-12-18 18:43
This is of the most pure elegance and beauty I've seen here on TE.
Perfect composition with the store window and this shadowed man passing by seeming indifferent to all the beauty shown right at his side.
Your note just helps creating a stronger mood to a beautiful photo.
- Copyright: Sarolta Gyoker (designsoul) (21492)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-11-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous
- Camera: Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/40 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-28 13:12
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