Just outside Stari Grad (Old Town) of Budva, and on the coastal path to Mogren Beach we found this lovely sculpture. It is work of the sculptor Gradimir Aleksić, who found his inspiration in a old local legend about a girl, who came each morning to the beach, spent her days looking at the open sea, waiting for her fiancé to come back to her. The years passed by, sailors came and went, but her fiancé never returned. One day, she was found dead on that rock, her look was aimed to the open sea.
I was busy taking a few photographs when a group of young people arrived. From their English conversation, I concluded that they were dancers from a cruise ship. As you can see, one of them decided to see what she could do. They didn't mind my snapping away: entertainers are basically exhibitionist after all.
I've added a WorkShop to show the Ballerina on her own. Not the girl: the sculpture!
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Royaldevon (33073) 2013-12-05 1:27
What an unexpected opportunity!
You have created your own, very special, sculpture, in this shot!
The fine dof pinpoints the sculptures but creates a wonderful context at the same time.
Have a great day,
lousat (81734) 2013-12-05 1:27
Hi Will,i been there 7 years ago and i remember only the left statue...ehehe...very nice idea for an original composition,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
daddo (25567) 2013-12-05 1:28
Hi Will. Talk about luck!Great reaction on your part and despite the unexpected, everything is shipshape- exposure, light, definition and composition. Wonderful moment of abandon and joie de vivre. Regards. Klaudio.
Mics (809) 2013-12-05 1:51
Wonderful moment to capture:-)Great light and color management, simply perfect!
Nice day to you :-)
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-05 1:52
Humour element of this photo is bound to bring a smile as soon as you see it.
Excellent composition, timing and opportunism against the backdrop of this beautiful sea, low clouds and the cliffs. The dancer has matched the statue perfectly except for the leg, she has not balanced on her toes as the statue has done.
I predict this photo will score high. Great work sir and thanks for sharing.
CLODO (31715) 2013-12-05 2:29
super parallel, you were lucky to meet this dancer at this moment, great "street" shot!
kordinator (19888) 2013-12-05 2:39
I like this artistic scene.
Nice and rich details.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Noel_Byrne (27006) 2013-12-05 4:17
This is a beautiful sculpture and such an unusual place in which to find it, but your note of course explains that reasoning. I really like the timing of your shot to coincide with these flexible visitors, she has done an admirable job to copy this stance.
Great workshop too, but strangely I can only see that on thumbnail, when I click on the thumb, it only shows the lower left portion of your shot.
Great picture and moment, thanks for sharing
All the best
rigoletto (34269) 2013-12-05 4:21
hello william. you had a nice tour: dubrovnik, kotor, budva... like many of our shared destinations, i did the same and it was fantastic. unfortunately i had to stick to the tour (a big mistake) and was limited to the old towns, missing such spontaneous opportunities. great and humorous similarity between the statue and the dancer. there is a slight difference between them (one is dressed), but it is ok :)
Didi (58794) 2013-12-05 4:29
Very nice scene, very good artistic composition
But the young lady has an indentic position but the statue is nude :)
olive224 (2719) 2013-12-05 4:38
Excellent idea to capture this moment !
Budva is a very nice place for vacation ;)
My back hurts me when i see the girl doing this !!
mkamionka (32367) 2013-12-05 5:19
beautiful photo. It is a great combination of wonderful scenery, some modern art and a good looking girl. Plus we have a repeated motif in the foreground contributing to pleasant geometry. I like also the clouds partially covering the hills behind adding a bit mysterious touch.
Very well seen and captured!!
Paradise (110) 2013-12-05 7:59
Hello Will, I really like your composition on this photo. The statue and the lady are in a perfect sync.
Congrats and greetings.
dta (70981) 2013-12-05 8:36
Hello Will ,
What a great oportunity you've got there ! The position of the woman is just perfect .
chrislo (4155) 2013-12-05 10:06
The resemblance is almost perfect, and you were damned lucky to meet these dancers and attend a live performance. The scene is perfectly composed and framed, the sea and the mountains make a nice backdrop to the pretty silhouettes whose flexible shapes provide rythm and dynamism to the photo. Very well done.
mesutilgim (88568) 2013-12-05 13:32
Good observed and captured ! Not a bad competition.
TFS and best regards
yquem46 (38750) 2013-12-05 13:37
Really an occasion that could not be missed !
Almost perfect analogy. Bravo to the sculptor, the dancer and the photographer
have a nice evening, best regards
I replied to your question on my post
dekanski (4067) 2013-12-05 14:31
great, great, great, both - effort and photo!
jhm (143539) 2013-12-06 3:01
I have a lot respect for these lady this is truly a great performance.
But also for the photographer your picture is very pleasant to look at.
Excellent perspective, and depth picture.
Very well composition, colours and sharpness be superb.
Nice done, TFS.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2013-12-06 3:13
Great photos come out of serendipity. A perfect snapshot in time. What luck.
I love the workshop that shows the statue from a slightly different perspective but provides a wonderful backdrop.
Nicou (128968) 2013-12-06 5:14
quelle iamge sueprbe quelle vue la statue et la varie dame dans une position artistique parfaitmeent égale quelle grâce et ces belles forems sueprbe vue et ces rochers en fond quelle captage et ensemble très bien vu.
Bravo et amitié
Periko (3569) 2013-12-06 15:47
Beautiful composition. Great momento captured.
dale54 (6707) 2013-12-09 11:57
will hello...well i'll be...this really caught my eye..what time'in..excellent capture and impressive work! tfs. dale
ktanska (25655) 2013-12-10 10:37
It's just great opportunity to see this talented young dancer repeating the posture of the sculpture. Beautiful weather and mountain background are beneficial to the result too. I like the way you have left more space towards right.
macjake (60664) 2013-12-15 12:31
funny story indeed.
perhaps it was great timing :)
If the girl was on her toes she may be able to reach the same height as the sculpture, but her head is already at the same height.
great background to this photo too, everything seems to work quite well. excellent exposure levels.
Silvio1953 (129414) 2013-12-16 10:41
Ciao Will, great capture of fantastic couple, fascinating pose for lovely model, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Waylim (25368) 2013-12-16 17:52
This is a very cool shot. my kudos to the real person, she can actually really mimic the statue very closely and she is very flexible. she must either is a gymnist, balet dancer, and or practice yoga. Anyway. Love how they are almost the same size and height. Okay, so just continue reading your note to realize she is a dancer :)
Excellent shot, and how lucky they arrived while you were still here.
Love the WS too with just the statue and the beautiful background with the church tower in a very good composition.
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-12-17 18:44
wow, what a great shot!
lovely symmetry and great fun, with a stunning backdrop.
i thought perhaps she was a yogi, as that is a pose that we aim for, tho many cannot get to that degree of flexibility. if i could get that far, i'd pose in public, too :)
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-12-18 1:47
that´s what I call to be at the right place at the right time.
Superb photo opportunity excellently utilized by You!
Beautiful sculpture,beautiful girl and lovely scenery around.
Have a nice day
tatadalou (7093) 2013-12-18 12:00
You were very lucky to fall on this impromptu scene. Thanks a lot for your interesting note about the origin of this sculpture. Good light and sharpness.
batalay (36757) 2013-12-21 10:06
From the thumbnail version of this shot I could not quite make out the image. But now I see how well you've conceived and composed this photo. And again, it is is from Montenegro, which I discovered just last year.
Happy Holidays and a very good 2014 to you,
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-01-05 4:00
it is really interesting. Love the posture of those 'ladies' and like the view through them at background. Superb presentation, very good image quality. Tfs.
jemaflor (88825) 2014-01-06 10:45
Excellent and original view with a perfect attitude for the girl, interesting composition, nice landscape, beautiful wrm light well captured.
COSTANTINO (59299) 2014-01-06 23:02
clever idea for this composition
you are a very lucky photographer
because you took this artistic
shot the right timing
your notes are realy interesting
and bravo to your desicion to
take this young girl who
decided to see what she could do
amaryllis (35599) 2014-01-12 9:40
Excellente prise de cette femme d'une souplesse très large et reproduisant les mouvements de la statue, cela ne t'a pas échappé et ta réalisation est excellente
miumiu (6113) 2014-05-24 10:48
l visited your gallery and I really enjoyed it.
This photo is one of my favourite!
Amazing moment with a wonderful backround!
aliabazari (16053) 2014-09-07 21:16
Hi Will dear
The shot is well documented. Excellent sharpness and exposure. I like this composition. Very well. Regards ...
EstudioChispa (2106) 2015-02-24 13:20
I love this one, Will! As you may know, I have spent some time photographing the statues in La Paz, Mexico, but it had never occurred to me to have a person mimic the sculpture -- this is brilliant!
La Paz, BCS, MÃ©xico
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (8017)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-14
- Categories: Humorous, Artwork, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/16, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Patterns, Two Girls, Will's street snaps [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-05 1:21