I spotted this old horse-drawn tumbril while we were exploring the fabulously interesting old fortifications at La Mola at the entrance to Mahon harbour in Menorca. As well as the fascinating fortifications and tunnels, there is a number of old artefacts around, like this old cart.
But isn't it very strange how the mind works? Just last year I had re-read Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities and found it a fabulous book - much better than when I had first read it under duress at school so many years ago. And when I turned a corner here and saw this old cart sitting starkly under an arched roof, it reminded me so vividly of what Dickens had conjured up in my mind of Sydney Carton's horrendous journey from his prison to the guillotine.
He would have travelled with other condemned men and women in a tumbril such as this on his journey across Paris to the guillotine where, just before his execution, he uttered those famous words:
"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known".
Shot in RAW and converted and edited in PSE9.
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emilbo (22616) 2011-07-21 17:23
Comme les autos, c'était surement la plus belle du temps et aujourd'hui elle fait le bonheur des photographes. Bel éclairage et excellent rendu des couleurs et des des détails.
Tous mes compliments,
graffer (1800) 2011-07-22 2:00
You have often mentioned that light is the most important part of any photograph.
Here is a marvellous example of that.
Light streams through the windows on the left - reflecting off the floor and casting faint shadows of the wheel spokes. It's also coming in from an unseen source on the right, lighting up the side of the wagon. Thirdly coming from behind it illuminates the sticks and other debris at the left corner of the image. I also like that old crumbly brick at the bottom right corner.
No critique of mine could neglect a mention of thirds and its importance in composition - the rear axle of the cart lies nicely on the lower horizontal third and the left vertical third closely matches the edge of the nearest window.
This is another example of the way that a simple palette of colours - rust brown, blue and white, makes a very satisfying image.
A very fine picture!
timecapturer (49286) 2011-07-22 3:26
I love the way you have composed this beautifully detailed and textured iamge. It has a strange fascination about it and is so effective. Perfect sharpness and control of the light. A quality shot and first class presentation.
Have a peaceful weekend - regards Brian
RhodieIke (11742) 2011-07-22 22:18
Hi John,This super old cart is fantastic, your photo captures it's antiquity, Great colour's and light, love also the green and age on the walls.With regard's the OU. T189 course it run's for 10 week's, and start's in October, Cost around 220. Great course lots of information, think Richard is signing up to, Hope this is enough info. Cheers Iain.
annjackman (19937) 2011-07-23 8:17
I do like this John.
It is not just the wonderful rusty blue cart that attracts but also the discoloured, crumbling walls and dirty floor. The rounded shape of the ceiling and window is echoed by the cart wheels which I think contributes to a picture that 'works'.
Best wishes, Ann
jester5 (2018) 2012-02-23 9:58
This is a cracking photograph John,lovely detail and soft light; don't know how I missed this one.
Madame Le Farge can have a few from our prisons I think
(not really;). This is so evocative of those times you can almost hear the guillotine drop.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20696)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-05-18
- Categories: Transportation, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP AF, HOYA 67mm HMC SUPER UV(0)
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/6 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2011-07-21 13:41
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