This is a shot of the Totem Telurico, built to commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the first European expedition to Puerto Rico, by Christopher Columbus in 1493. The totem itself is about 40 feet tall, and is made of granite and ceramics, with designs meant to honor the pre-Columbian population of the island - primarily Taino Indians who were essentially wiped out by disease not long after contact.
I'm dedicating this one to Noel, because as I took it I remembered a shot he took a while back of Dublin's Millennium Spire, which he took from a similar angle. I offset this one in order to get the clouds and sun in the top corner.
Larger version on Flickr, here.
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holmertz (50782) 2014-04-12 6:38
This is a very intricate monument. Without your note I would have been lost. While the upper part looks organic, almost like the surface of a pineapple, the lower part is definitely artificial. The combination provides a fascinating view and from this POV it looks truly awesome. Shot from a distance, the "regular" way, it may have been less interesting.
snunney (96767) 2014-04-12 6:57
An excellent composition. The superb point of view helped by the fine lighting accentuates the textures and height of the totem. I also like the play of light across the metal collar at the bottom; not too mention that wonderful sky.
Noel_Byrne (30167) 2014-04-12 8:13
Thank you for this! As soon as I opened the gallery it caught my eye and did remind me of the spire too :) The texture on the lower half of this is incredible, its like some form of metal or plastic, and the designs rippling through it are superb, as is the light sliding across its surface. The shiny smooth finish is such a contrast to the instantly rougher parts carved above.
This is a beautiful angle to shoot from, making this structure look huge and imposing while the deep blue sky is such a fine canvass and the clouds look they are pouring from the top of the pole. Class shot, and thanks a million for the mention, really appreciated.
All the best from Ireland
marabu61 (10717) 2014-04-13 8:57
Quite impressive totem indeed, taken with an interesting and unusual POV. In this way the totem looks really tall and is a nice reminder of the Columbus expedition.
I remember having been impressed by the worlds largest totem on the small island of Alert Bay somewhere off northern Vancouver island, but this impresses me even more.
have a great sunday
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-04-16 9:37
Hi Andrew - This is a most original monument to a civilisation that is no more. Good light reveals the form and textures of the ceramics and your simple upward looking composition makes excellent of that fabulous sky.
Hope all is well
rogerl (1616) 2014-04-17 15:13
Andrew, great light on this image, and a perfect POV. It's just close enough to give us a real feel for the structure. Thanks.
daddo (26534) 2015-03-28 3:32
Hi Andrew. A sombre monument to unfortunate results when two peoples meet on an uneven basis. It seems to reach to the sky and because of your POV and strong composition, one is not sure how tall this totem is but it does look monumental. Great effort. Regards. Klaudio.
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7511)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-17
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/2000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-12 5:58