This is dedicated to my street-shooting friends here at TE -- a skill that I still lack the temerity to practice! Kristin, how do you do it? I could only manage this one because the subject was a small child AND I was "hiding behind" (sort of, as I was clearly climbing on) a statue!
The statue is "El Viejo y el Mar?" (The Old Man and the Sea? -- and yes, I believe the artist intended to include the question mark in the title) by Guillermo Gómez Macias. I've included a "catalog shot" as a WS here so you can see the entire piece. At first appearance, he is a rather silly-looking old man!
But there is a poem on the brass plate -- perhaps he is not so silly after all!
El viejo y el Mar?
Tengo un barco de papel…
Está hecho de una página
el la que escribí mis ilusiones.
No tiene anclas ni tiene amarras.
Quiero navegar en él,
de los siete mares, en el octavo,
donde sé, encallaré en el puerto anhelado.
…ha visto alguien brillar la luz de su faro?
Here is my best attempt at translation...
The old man and the sea?
I have a paper boat...
It is made of a page
on which I have written my dreams.
It has no anchors or mooring ties.
I want to wander on it,
from the seven seas, on to the eighth,
where I know, I will land in the desired port.
...has anyone seen the light of its lighthouse shining?
Best regards, everyone!
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saxo042 (35798) 2013-12-17 7:00
You have indeed used this statue in a very innovative way. He is expertly helping you to make a frame around this motive with these persons on the pier. The statue is clearly watching all of them.
Subhogen (4035) 2013-12-17 7:09
An innovative, well thought out and well executed photo.
Many might have taken a photo of this statue, but you outstandingly used it to frame your subject. Very well done. Superb clarity and excellent DOF as well.
Thanks for sharing a well taken photo.
Noel_Byrne (17175) 2013-12-17 7:26
Brilliant use of the statue here, and its worked very much in your favour, as I suspect the vision of a grown man climbing a statue with a camera may be what caught the attention of the child making him turn around and be composed so perfectly in the scene! I love every part of how you composed this, the statue occupies the lower left corner in comparison to the open sky in the upper right, and all else is a perfect view of all that he surveys. The pier adds depth perfectly.
And thanks for the workshop too, I have to admit to being surprised on opening it to see the statue in full. From the main post, the statue has the feel of a navy general, saluting the troops and commanding respect, but the workshop reveals, as you so perfectly put it, a silly old man. Brilliant!
All the best
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-12-17 7:30
oh well done you!!
terrific and innovative framing, made all the better by the little boy turning around and looking back up at the statue. i don't know how long you waited to get this perfect moment, but it was worth it!
the cloud lines and the muscles in the statue's arm form an eye-arresting V, which lead you back to the hand and then around counter-clockwise, spiraling in on the little guy in the yellow t-shirt. the light and atmospheric sky complete the pensive mood of this shot.
super job, russ, the best yet of your photos ~ congratulations on a beautiful execution!
haha p.s. ~ thanks for the shout out :D
SnapRJW (27012) 2013-12-17 7:37
I really like your thinking here Russ. Creative and clever, your shot makes the connection between the sculpted figure and the figures on the jetty adding dynamism through the inferred relationship. Excellent! warm regards rosemary
Giustiniani (907) 2013-12-17 8:48
je trouve votre photo très belle, pleine de poésie et de délicatesse. Tout comme le poème qui accompagne la statue du vieil homme qui n'a rien d'un vieil idiot, au contraire. Merci pour cette magnifique photo.
jemaflor (77476) 2013-12-17 8:54
Good choice for this pov through this statue, good perspective effect, original presentation, tfs.
worldcitizen (6115) 2013-12-17 9:31
Very clever composition, using the arm of the old man to frame the little boy. It's great that the boy was looking back at the statue, too. Since he's at the entrance to the pier it leads us out into the distance and to the sea. Very nice!
ktanska (23442) 2013-12-17 12:11
I didn't recognize from the fingerprint, that it's a statue! Clever viewpoint which creates a good connection between man and the boy. Nice half cloudy sky too.
marina7 (8017) 2013-12-17 12:38
stunning composition, I applaud your ingenuity:) Top-notch quality too, very creative work for sure.
Thanks and best wishes!
imageme (1092) 2013-12-17 12:53
Hi Russ, Wonderful composition and angle. The Statue seems saluting to the boy. Awesome colours and great DOF with the long pier leading to the open sea. Awesome presentation of this image. Thank for sharing
rigoletto (33776) 2013-12-17 14:44
the WS vs your creativity... the same statues, but the catalogue version looks "silly" while the other one has the epic feeling of the age of explorations. this is not "lying with your camera" but "storytelling" at its best. this can easily be the subject of a long, wineful chat about "many sides of a single truth", "the variations on human perceptions" and the "idea of photography". maybe you know the story of "blind men and an elephant" :)
emka (68576) 2013-12-17 17:03
Hello Russ, is this La Paz in Mexico?? O have thought you went to Bolivia:). Thanks for you workshop photo, certainly we can better imagine the setting. Very creative shot, with the arm framing the view of the boy near the pier. Spectacular composition that I like but I wouldn't call it street photography. But it is no important. In WS at first he looks silly but then when we read the poem, he has just his dreams. i liked this statue. I remember the time when I made such boats from paper and similar paper hats and played with it near the ponds. Now the kids have baseballs caps and remote control boats. Compliments for the very good translation!!
WArm regrads MAlgo
jcpix (9274) 2013-12-17 18:27
Top marks Russ, right off the bat! All of the pre-trip study has paid off well, this is a terrific shot! And what a contrast too with the WS, I would have never guessed this to be the same statue. Genius composition, this shows the creativity and vision, kind of like looking through the eyes of the statue itself. What a moment captured, the little boy looking back at this...what was it, "hippie gringo" is perfect to draw our attention through and to his regard. :)
Sounds like you have your work cut out trying to put everything together, and I can't wait to see the next. Sharp focus and a strong depth of field, details, texture and light are all executed quite nicely. I'm chalking this one up as my new favorite from your collection. Great work amigo!
ourania (22722) 2013-12-18 14:14
welcome back! It's an amusing and endearing idea to start practicing street photography with statues. Your composition and the story you're illustrating are amusing and endearing too. The old man is on land and looking for a beacon, it's as if he's asking the little boy, who hasn't got a clue, nor concerns of this kind yet. We can alternate the associations of your composition in many ways and this is a most enjoyable gift to the viewer. There's great dynamism that accentuates the quest of the hero. I also like very much how the luminosity of the clouds exalts the moody colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
nikkitta (11142) 2013-12-18 15:00
What a good book El viejo y el mar, may be the author of the poem get there his inspiration
Good color contrast and good WS, demostrating your creativity to use the statue as a frame for the litle boy, main subject of the capture
Ya me estaba extrañanado tu ausencia, bueno de tenerte de vuelta y espero tus fotos de Mexico, espero que no sea playa sino algo mas interesante, veremossssss
mcmtanyel (8177) 2013-12-18 18:44
Welcome back to TE! As we say in Turkish, "You have shot the crane in the eye," or, in English, "Bullseye!" Your technique is spot-on, but the POV is the ingenious ingredient of this masterpiece. We are looking with the Old Man out to the sea. We are also seeing a little fella looking at the Old Man framed by his statue. Exquisite!
abmdsudi (36294) 2013-12-18 23:24
Good vision and mood! a real eye catching composition and splendid view point as the eyes hover back and forth to admire both vital subjects. It's creative, good balance between closing in to give good detail of the prominent in what looks proportionately dominating the frame and at same time going wider in some depth with perfect pictorial layout where the necessary elements fitted superbly. The long bending jetty boosts the perspective immensely with some eye-catching props and human activity as good scale at the same helps to give some life and colour booster to the scene.
Given the conditions, it's adequately exposed with excellent clarity rendering much definition to the scene in subdued colours but the contrast created to the sky is simply great. This shot absolutely conveys the atmosphere, the feeling of actually being there. Well captured accompanied by excellent write up, an exciting image and attractive enough to draw immediate attention. Fine photo effort!! Congrats
Waylim (24482) 2013-12-19 9:32
this is a very cool and clever POV, looking through the triangle of the soldier salute. The presence of hte little boy serves great as an anchor point, drawing the viewer in and than continuing on the pier into the horizon. Excellent DoF everything is in good sharpness and that is not easy to archieve in this type of POV of both close up and landscape.
My salute to you!
tatadalou (4615) 2013-12-19 11:16
original point of view, the sculptures makes an excellent framing to the pier and focus our look to this young boy. The cloudy sky adds more attractiveness.
fabbs99 (14449) 2013-12-19 22:20
Superb point of view to shoot the image through the saluting arms of the old man.Great story to tell here.Nice sharpness and very well done,TFS.
jhm (131812) 2013-12-20 2:52
Thank you very much for your visit.
You chose a very well angle between the arm and head of the statue.
On these way get we a nice depth and perspective picture, through the pier, handrails and light poles.
These picture is made with good view about these area.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
photoray (8426) 2013-12-21 14:32
Interesting image looking towards the boy, pier and anchored boas through the eyes of the statue. And impressive for fine resolution near and far, especially at F8 aperture and 1/125 shutter speed.
If I attempted this, it would have ended up out of focus somewhere along the plane.
adores (32676) 2013-12-23 17:33
The composition is fantastic! I like the way you framed the statue and the little boy! Original and really good indeed!
Wish you a Merry Christmas!
delpeoples (50651) 2013-12-26 19:59
Gidday dear Russ
How good to see you back here and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are now recovering from its excesses.
You would never have taken this shot but for TE. And that's what I love about it most. I also love the thought of what's going through the little fella's head, "what's that strange dude doing climbed up behind the statue?" hahaha love it. And the POV, the light management and the intention behind the photo deserve top marks, aswell as the result.
Congrats and a happy, happy New Year to you and your loved ones
UlfE (14597) 2013-12-27 7:41
What a brilliant image. You have really got an eye for composition and unusual perspectives. I love the way you make use of the statue as a lead-in to the boy in the yellow T-shirt. It is obvious that the statue also has caught sight of the boy that has just stopped in front of him and that the statue is curiously watching him wondering who he is. You have fitted the statue perfectly into the frame. In particular I like your positioning of the statue’s right forearm with the elbow at the right bottom corner and the forearm diagonally across the image. You also make excellent use of the dramatic sky. TFS and have a nice day!
macjake (49296) 2014-01-09 5:04
I think these types of photos win out, a photo that has a unique POV will always capture the attention of a viewer - just as this one does.
and lucky for you the little boy adds an extra dimension all together.
I like that the tall light post is neatly tucked JUST below the wrist, rather than being cut off...nice touch.
cool pov, works well.
I'll try to get to your website :)
it just may take a bit of time but i will look at it and make some comments
williewhistler (11260) 2014-01-09 13:49
ah yes,I recognise this is fine shot from your fine series.
I enjoyed viewing the whole series and commend your efforts,an imaginative project that you have handled impeccably as you have with this well conceived shot.
Best regards Les.
Sardonik (1509) 2014-01-11 13:41
I spotted this photograph just a short time ago and decided I had to express my admiration for the composition, lighting and titling. The poem also is muy simpatico!
The Old Man, always at sea - Ken
elenimavrandoni (11839) 2014-01-31 18:10
Russ, I know where that is, I have taken a similar picture last summer in La Paz but the sun was very bright then..you must visit the Palmilla, it is a little paradise on earth...Mexico is a very favorite country to me and every time I go back I feel right at home..
thanks for your kind comment, all the best
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (1846)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-02
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D5000, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-17 6:54
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