Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oh, my God!


Cool statue isn't? I never noticed it until this afternoon when I happened to find myself at the Tuilerie gardens, on the right end side. The "guy" is not mad because it's going to rain, but because he... just killed his brother! For yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is Cain (one of the sons of Adam and Eve in the Bible) and the statue was made by Henri Vidal, a French Sculptor (1864-1918) I know absolutely nothing about!

34 comments:

  1. There's something very spooky and ominous about the sky this photo. Great capture!

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  2. Absolutely. Stunning. Photo. (I only hope the perfectly placed break in the sky was mother nature and not father photoshop!) Either way, its a poem. Merci!!

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  3. Suzy's right. That sky is eerie. It's a beautiful picture, Eric. I love the contrast of the dark sky and the light on Cain. This should be on your 2013 calendar.

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  4. Wow, what a sky. You are taking some amazing shots with interesting light lately, Eric. Just, wow.

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  5. I can only agree, this photo is poetry.

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  6. Wow! What a light!! How did you do that, Eric?
    Great shot!!!

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  7. Really this is very romantic and more beautiful place shared on the site. This is very beautiful beach and interesting also so that can be enjoy it in this beach. Often people are very like it.

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  8. Bravo ! Elle est vraiment superbe. La conjonction du ciel menaçant -symbole de la colère divine- qui pèse terriblement sur les épaules de Caïn, avec le drame qui vient de se passer est impressionnante. Regrette-t-il son geste ou le blâme ? En tout cas, cela vous prend aux tripes.

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  9. Couldn't be better lighting contrast. I think that he is just upset because he has realised that he has come out without his pants.

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  10. You sure picked a good moment to discover this work of art. Very dramatic background.

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  11. Beautiful Eric, such a stunning photograph! You captured so much more than just a statue!
    Bernadette

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  12. Beautiful! The way you captured it with the clouds so dark, just added so much to make the scene perfect :)

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  13. Five years ago my husband got a picture of this statue with a bird sitting on his head. It looks pretty funny going along with the hand over his face.

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  14. "Oh No, I forgot my umbrella!"
    I agree, definitely calendar calendar worthy:)

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  15. Nice pic. I think Cain never repented, however I don't know the bible deeply.

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  16. Eric, would it be too presumptuous of me to ask if I could use this photo for a caption/altered art contest on my blog? I think my Francophile readers/artists could have lots of fun with this:) I would, of course, link to your blog and credit you as photographer. IF such a request is against your rules of use, pas de probleme. But I thought I'd ask:) Merci!

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  17. I've been to Paris a few times and the first time I went it was a day similarly pictures and I fell in love with this statue. I'm not sure what it is about the statue, but each time I've gone back to find it and just stare at it for a while. Thank you for finally revealing the story to me. This is my (second) favorite picture I've taken of it: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/PJRFlsUdf1EUfUTkO4XXS3zpfzq9GC4Hc6dWWOU5_EM?feat=directlink

    I couldn't find the first :(

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  18. Stunning photo, Eric, and the story of Cain and Abel puts the exclamation point on the dark mood. I love, love how you captured the patch of light among the clouds behind the statue!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  19. I will look for this sculptor next time i am there.

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  20. Fabulous photo against a perfect background (or sky)! Isn't it wonderful when everything just comes together and the resulting photo knocks you out?

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  21. @Carrie "(I only hope the perfectly placed break in the sky was mother nature and not father photoshop!" Nope, it was mother nature!

    @Scooter5203249 "This should be on your 2013 calendar." OK, noted!

    @Nasty GG "Regrette-t-il son geste ou le blâme ? En tout cas, cela vous prend aux tripes." Ohhhh c'est bô ce que tu dis Nasty GG!

    @Stewart "I think that he is just upset because he has realised that he has come out without his pants." LOL!

    @Trishia "Eric, would it be too presumptuous of me to ask if I could use this photo for a caption/altered art contest on my blog?" Of course! (I already emailed you about that...)

    @Geoffwhaley " I'm not sure what it is about the statue, but each time I've gone back to find it and just stare at it for a while." I understand, it's a really stunning statue. And you B&W photo is excellent.

    @Genie "I love, love how you captured the patch of light among the clouds behind the statue!" Pure chance Genie, pure chance.

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  22. This is how I felt using Microsoft OS before switching to Apple OS.... :)

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  23. Gorgeous colors!
    - Jenna

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  24. Great Photograph, the sky cooperated with the mood of the picture.

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  25. Proves that you should not consider dreary days bad for taking photos. The sky fits the mood of the body posture and emotion of the sculpture.

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  26. What a difference from pedestrian images I found on the internet, all shot from eye level including distracting trees and architecture on flat lit sunny days. Eric's image, shot closer from a slight low angle, but including the full figure, interpenetrates the sculpture stressing the emotion. The rendition of the muscles is strong. the inclusion of part of a tree behind to frame the white sculpture doesn't hurt either. Attention to detail counts!
    Kudos to Eric!

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  27. What Kenny said. This could have been done so many boring ways, but you took advantage of the sky and the angle and emphasized the emotion of the sculpture. Brilliant.

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  28. Check out what I saw:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/skywalkerbeth/483829167/

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  29. How much more fun and interesting than most contemporary public art..
    Beautiful shot!

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