Today was the first day back at school for teachers; as with last year I'm teaching both halves of American History (to 1877 and since 1877). This shot, from Annapolis, MD, seems to have relevance to both. It is the Alex Haley/Kunta Kinte statue that sits along Annapolis' inner harbor, which early in the country's history was a slave trade port.
Kunta Kinte was a slave like many others, taken from the area of the Gambia River in 1767 and brought to the shores of what was then British North America. He was not exceptional in any way except for one: he became the central figure in a best-selling novel and television miniseries written by a man claiming to be his descendant.
Alex Haley is one of the bestselling and most well known African American authors in US History, primarily for two works: the first is the Autobiography of Malcolm X, which the late Civil Rights and Black Power activist wrote with Haley, and the second is Roots - a sprawling, multi-generational tale of slavery in the United States (beginning with the story of Kunta Kinte) that was published in 1976 to widespread acclaim. Its popularity, among both black and white Americans, is often credited with creating a resurgence in interest in the historical study of slavery, today one of the most robust areas of American historical research. While Haley stated - and it has been somewhat conclusively shown - that the book is primarily a work of fiction, its connection to Kinte the real historical figure remains strong. The statue marks the spot where it is like Kinte first set foot on American soil, a spot Haley describes as the site of one of the most emotional of his life, as he stood on the spot 200 years after Kinte's supposed arrival.
The statue sits feet from the water, and shows Haley reading his story to the next generation of African American children.
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mjw364 (6142) 2013-08-28 15:14
A nice balanced composition this one. Fitting given that Kunta Kinte was portrayed as a teacher of history in the miniseries too!
Nope the Queen ain't slowing down though she has a ways to go before she catches up with Victoria's voracious sexual appetite!
cargus (7556) 2013-08-29 0:07
Beautiful composition, beautiful colors, well framed and rendered, image well done.!
holmertz (31226) 2013-08-29 4:55
This looks llike a nice monument that people could connect with a lot easier than with war heroes or other famous people. The warm light increases the intimacy of the situation. I remember being quite moved by Roots when I read it in the 70's. I am not sure how I would judge it today from a literary POV, maybe I would find its "best-seller" style annoying.
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-08-29 7:21
An eye catching shot and neatly contained of some exquisite statues which you've composed as you have got so close possible to admire the street art also an interesting piece of history backed up with a good narratives to illustrate the relationship. Delicious in colours and detail highlights in excellent clarity along with the contrast created is simply stunning. Superb take which popped in the thumbnail easily and so pleasing to the eyes Congrats
Noel_Byrne (13234) 2013-08-29 7:52
Very cool note to accompany a very cool shot. I like sculpture a lot, and i always try to find good ones to shoot, youve found a superb one here. The tones of the statue against the grey cobblelock is excellent, and children really look entranced by the story being told. Perfect persepctive and I love your DOF, the slightly blurred background is really nicely done.
chrisvek (6995) 2013-08-29 17:23
Very good photo with excellent colors and contrasts.Great and ideal for this season composition.Nice lightning usage and perfect POV.Well done.TFS
All the best
jhm (127907) 2013-08-30 4:19
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
What a lovely nice picture, with a extraordinarily statue, also with bronze colour on the teacher, his students listen excellent.
You create an excellent artists picture, also perfect depth and perspective.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Nice intro picture with your child or grandchild!
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
bona (11168) 2013-08-30 11:27
beautiful sculpture of the teacher and his students. As a teacher I really like your photo. It is placed in a nice place of this square. Nice soft shadows.
jcpix (6504) 2013-08-30 21:52
Statues and monuments can sometimes be tricky, they don't always offer the most interesting and exciting material...with some, too rigid or plain. Fortunately there are many more that are not only appealing in their make up, but also show a depiction of interaction such as this....which I find to be the most intriguing. You've framed this quite effectively, and the natural sunlight puts a warm and welcoming mood over the image.
A great historical note that explains the presentation to better understand the scene and its importance. I really like the depth of field here...keeping the focus, literally and figuratively, on the the main subjects. Very well done, great way to kick off the school year. :) Enjoy the long weekend. Take care.
bukitgolfb301 (32600) 2013-08-30 23:42
Hi dear Andrew, how are you?
Oh this is a very good statue, we need this one in Japan too.Very intersting object and nice your keen attention is highly apprecaited. So sharp and clear image as usual.
Thanks a lot and have a good weekend! Takero
Sonata11 (31199) 2013-09-02 21:42
wonderful capture these statues with fabulous management of colors, perfect sharpness, and clarity. I like your POV. Awesome !!!
Warm regards, Barbara
willperrett (4065) 2013-09-03 2:15
Yes, I think the kids go back to school here today too (some days after you posted this). Now I'm retired from teaching, I can look at this lovely ensemble with a mixture of nostalgia, and relief! But mostly I can feel smugly superior!! Today I'm going sailing... Thanks for this charming scene.
archimatica (20136) 2013-09-03 3:35
I like sculpture a lot, but I like the perfect persepctive of your picture.
adores (30783) 2013-09-09 17:14
Un unforgettable character and a very nice sculpture! Very important for the present and future generations, I believe! The photo is also very good, with good light and focus! Good post!
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-09-10 2:04
the statue is really beautiful and intrigues to get to know its story(btw.thanks for interesting and informative note about it)
I like the way you composed and framed the scene,but above all how excellently you utilized this magic light to create so pleasant mood of the scene.
Have a nice day
Royaldevon (21379) 2013-09-18 12:18
A very interesting note accompanies this very well composed photograph. I like how the arrangement of the attentive children direct attention to the focal teacher. Fine, sharp details and good use of the narrow dof.
My warm regards,
delpeoples (48576) 2013-10-01 18:49
Good to see you back. I think I left to go on holiday, just as you were returning. I'm just back from 5 weeks in Europe and want to go back :)
A very appropriate photo, and I hope your return to work hasn't been too stressful. The sculpture is lovely and the light us exquisite, warming the scene up beautifully. Nice work, have a happy day.
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-10-18 10:30
I hope all is well in your world! I've been studying approaches and methods for photographing statues, and am happy to see your example here! I like the angle you've chosen, as if we were a fourth child in the circle.
All my best,
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (6497)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-17
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D3100, AF-S NIKKOR 35 mm 1:1.8G
- Exposure: f/1.8, 1/1000 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Historical [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-28 14:13