Robert Louis Stevens, the great Scottish adventure writer of the 19th century, might have had this young man in mind when he created the character of Long John Silver as the protagonist in his adventure story, Treasure Island. In the screen adaptations of Stevens story for the cinema, the actors who have portrayed the famous pirate have included Wallace Beery, Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Robert Newton, Tim Curry but none as terrifying as this three-and-a half-year old. He supports a threatening snarl, or perhaps a squint, to keep his eye patch from slipping off. Missing only are his flintlock, a sword in his belt, and a parrot perched on his shoulder. Ah yes, and the wooden peg leg!
I shot the image when a vagabond band of young pirates showed up at the house to give us a choice, trick or treat on an unusually warm Halloween, October 31, 2004. We didnt want to take a chance with the former, happily surrendering to him all the sweets he could carry instead. I decided to post the photo, inspired by several beautiful shots submitted by two talented portrait photographers Veronica, Innocent and Sabyasachi, The Prince.
Finally, both in taking the photograph and in cropping it, I was mindful of putting one eye of the little boy right down the centerline of the frame. It was discovered in 1997 by the British-born pyschologist Chrisotpher Tyler that in all great portraits (from Leonardo's 'Mona Lisa' to Rembrandt's self-portraits and Picasso's 'Dora Maar') the vertical bisector passes through an eye.
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Tezic (17865) 2007-02-17 16:19
renkler ve netliği ile değişik kompozisyonu çok başarılı bir portre olmuş... tebrikler...
ALIRIZA (16423) 2007-02-17 17:46
Merhaba Bülent Abi,
Temiz bir fonda ilginç ve o kadar da başarılı bir portre çalışması. Ellerinize sağlık...
Selam ve saygılarımla...
Rosa_d_MonteLua (1506) 2007-02-17 19:22
Interesting portrait with good details and nice colours' combination.
The expression on child's face it's perfect!
Good clarity and excellent background for this effect.
Good work, my friend.
leonorkuhn (16235) 2007-02-17 21:22
Nice portrait of this famous pirate. Good capture of his innocent facial expression that I like very much.
Have a nice week
isabela_sor (47541) 2007-02-18 3:30
Terrible pirate, but so niiiice and sweet !!This expresion on his face makes me smile too!Great portrait and the PP work here is perfect
Indeed,Veronica and Sabya are models for us!
Have a nice weekend
tigra (2968) 2007-02-18 17:24
I like the expression on the face of this little pirate:))
cimcim (3712) 2007-02-19 6:00
Esprili ve değişik bir portre çalışması ben çok sevdim :) 2004'teki Cadılar Bayramınız anlaşılan oldukça keyifli ve renkli geçmiş :)
Çocuğun yüzündeki ifade süper! Arka planın siyah olması fotoğraftaki anlatımı kuvvetlendirmiş.
jmcl (14535) 2007-02-20 22:39
wonderful kiddo .. well captured slightly veiled joy of youth. love how all the black fits in.
salvator (19102) 2007-02-22 3:34
Hello Bulent Bey,
What an interesting portrait. Probably the cutest little pirate I have ever seen. The photo itself is superb, with the black background and the beautifull vivid colors in the foreground. The quasi-smile, and his mimic to hold the eye patch in place is out of this world. The centerline passing thru the one eye
is very interesting and I have been carefull for this in my portraits, and also do check for this in others' since your first critique to me about it.
Best personal regards. Salvator.
veve (4189) 2007-02-27 14:29
Very good composition with his right eye on the vertical bisector of the canvas!
Great contrast background-face!
meltemi (0) 2007-04-28 13:16
Very cool, perfect composition.
Sharp, so good DOF and vivid colours.
Awesome, and enjoiable note too. Thanks.
noborders (1010) 2007-06-26 13:30
Hi Bülent, I like this shot, it has a lot of fantasy and humour, and the earring is so funny, probably borrowed from his mother... Very cute and fresh look, love it !
Angshu (54769) 2007-12-17 2:54
Hello Professor "A"
Interesting departure from you, normally you don't have many portaits in your gallery. Very cute kid, redressing his fantasy. Like the huge earring as well. The dark BG brings out the subject very well.
With Warmest Regards
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-11-17 11:33
Hello Professor Atalay,
I wonder what about pirates fascinate children around the globe. It is really a global phenomenon. I was also very intrigued by them. But I dont remember why or how the idea of disguising myself as a pirate came to my mind originally. Probably, I had seen pirates in some Hollywood movie. The portrait brings me a smile. The expression on the pirate's face is perfect. I would have liked to take a photo of you taking a photo of this fearful pirate. Bulent captured by a mini pirate would have made an excellent photo. A very rare portrait in your gallery makes this photo a very unique one. I like the photo. The black background is very effective.
With my very best wishes,
Have a very imaginative day as always, Professor