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A couple of my favourite competitors in the Saltburn Pier Knitted Olympics.
I prefer V1 as a photograph; but V2 gives an idea of the size of this installation, the amount of creativity and effort involved, and the amount of innocent pleasure that it has given people. (Check out the synchronised swimmers' legs that the lady is examining!)
Since our visit, the work has apparently been vandalised, figures have been cut off and slashed open. I find this desperately sad, and quite incomprehensible.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:15 Mar 2012 - 12:56 PM
Focal Length:32mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.4
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:The little gymnast
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:14 Apr 2012 - 7:50 AM
Tags:Humour / fun, Photo journalism, Sports / action
Votes:56
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 7:58 AM

I wondered just how long it would be before some mindless moron(s) vandalised this wonderful display, Moira Sad A very sad society that we live in now. I lovew the little gymnast, I think she is my favourite of what you have shown us so far. Carol

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32321 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 7:58 AM

A beautiful photograph, love seeing children enjoying themselves, not floating around a white box. Children
should be laughing and messing around.

Regards Nathan

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32321 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 8:01 AM

Sorry I forgot to mention the word 'wooly before children'

Regards Nathan

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 637 forum postspascalg vcard France
14 Apr 2012 - 8:07 AM

can't have enough
these are superb!

jonwebber
jonwebber  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 8:22 AM

Totally wonderful.
jon

bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 8:22 AM

I really should get down and see these before they all dissapear as I'm not to far away , great images, sad to hear of the vandalism there are just to many mindless idiots out there '.
Rob

Last Modified By bobsblues at 14 Apr 2012 - 8:23 AM
Mynett
Mynett  5137 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 8:26 AM

I wish I was there to see this love v1

Linda

LucienH
LucienH e2 Member 9386 forum postsLucienH vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 8:39 AM

Excellent captures.

Lucien.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 8:40 AM

Thank you, early birds. Rob, I don't know how much is left to see, the written news reports that I've seen are pretty depressing. But if you go to Saltburn, check out the front of the Library. There is another Guerrilla Knitting attack there... Wink
Moira

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 53989 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 9:13 AM

I love these shots showing them all in situ.
But I can't believe (well, yes I can actually) that people have vandalised them!

The council in my borough hung lots of lovely containers of blue flowers on the railings along the high road a few weeks ago. I think they lasted a couple of hours before idots decided it'd be fun to pull out the plants and sling them on the ground. Sad

Chris

JohnChambersPhotography

These shots are a breath of fresh air, so well done and I can't help enjoying seeing them all, it's fun and at the same time they are very well done, A photo that makes you smile is worth so much more than words can say. great idea ,well presented, well done indeed. superb!!!!

twelvemegs
14 Apr 2012 - 10:00 AM

Excellent shots Moira.
I like the pov on V1.
V2 gives us the big picture and all the effort and delight.
Such a shame about the vandalism.

David

franken
franken e2 Member 112913 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 10:01 AM

Another brilliant addition to the series Moira! Smile


Ken

gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6510 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 10:53 AM

V1 does make her the star of the show and rightly so. - gary

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 11:08 AM

Humans have a great capacity for love. They unfortunately have a great capacity for hatred, violence and selfishness too. And even though I am so aware of this, I too find it incomprehensible and distressing that such a harmless and beautiful thing could be vandalised. Bah.

Both lovely captures, Moira, but I really love V2. Beautiful view of the Olympians and of their admirers. That lady's walking stick is really something, isn't it?? Totally goes with her scarf Smile

Andrew

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 11:24 AM

By the way, I love the caterpillar's feet too Grin

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 5TrevBatWCC vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 11:55 AM

I thought we'd seen the last of these, but so glad to see them back again, Moira! Grin But how sad to hear they have been vandalised Sad What sort of mindless morons are these people? What do they get out of it? I'd do the same to their property and see how they liked that Wink It could only happen in this country - it makes you ashamed to be British Sad Anyway, off my soapbox...I'm with you regarding preferring V1, but as you say, V2 shows the amount of work gone into it all Smile
Trev Smile

Last Modified By TrevBatWCC at 14 Apr 2012 - 11:57 AM
Joline
Joline e2 Member 7Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 12:46 PM

Those vandals should be imprisoned until they learn to knit something this wonderful...then perhaps they would appreciate it.

Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 736 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 1:23 PM

Glad you put version two up Moira, its nice to see them in context,version one is my favourite though, fantastic dof and the colours and clarity in the figure are spot on. I am surprised in this day and age that these little figures survive.

Best Matt

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 2:00 PM

Good afternoon everyone, and thanks for giving this upload a lovely reception! Life is busy here at the moment, but I have a little free time now and I'll try to catch up on what's been happening on the site.
Moira

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 2:09 PM

Love them both. So wonderful to see.............Sandy

saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 33366 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway22 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 2:53 PM

This series has been a delight to view, Moira.
To think that some people go to the trouble to use hours and hours making such a delightful and pleasing display, and all free of charge.
What must they feel to see the vandalism that you say has been caused.
I feel sorry for whoever has carried out the vandalism, as they know not better.

Malc

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 7lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 2:56 PM

Good dof on V1 Moira, and great to see V2 with a whole string of them.

John Smile

jujupops
jujupops e2 Member 3jujupops vcard England
14 Apr 2012 - 3:43 PM

Great duo Moira, what a shame some people have to be destructive
Julie

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114435 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 4:35 PM

You're as mad as a hatter, but your images always give me a smile!

Ade

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 5:06 PM

The knitters should be heartily congratulated for their efforts on this amazing installation on the pier here. The action and the exuberance of the little figures needs mentioning here. A great series Moira, and sadly the news that they have been vandalised by mindless idiots makes the work even more worthy of compliment. This kind of crime is being almost encouraged by the ridiculous sentencing being handed down by the courts, when will they get their act together and support the police?

Sorry to rant as ever Moira.

Dougie

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 5:08 PM

MTS check out this lookalike image from another of my friends.

http://www.ephotozine.com/user/scottishlandscapes-23846/favourite-photographers/...

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8685 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1530 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 5:11 PM

I think it's a blessing that you have captured these little hand-made miracles, Moira, and I suppose it was too much to expect that they would remain intact for ever. What a sad world we live in.

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 5:31 PM


Quote: figures have been cut off and slashed open. I find this desperately sad, and quite incomprehensible.


Y anybody thinks fit to do anything so damn destructive beggars belief Moira, after all the hard work somebody had put into this and the pleasure it has given to so many - I find it sickening to say the very least but good that you found it and have passed on some of the pleasure to people on epz that may never have seen it if you hadnt taken the time yourselfSmile

dianah
dianah  724471 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 6:14 PM

Very sad , Moira..you have captured something quite nostalgic..my mum used to make lots of these for my children, years ago. Love both of the photos and your gallery..it has changed so much in the last year.
Di

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4180 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 6:20 PM

Two more delights from Saltburn Moira. I too am very very sad to hear about the vandalism; the perpetrators are very sad and I just can't understand what makes them do this! I'm just pleased that you and Bill managed to get such good records of this wonderful work of art and to share its joy with us all!
Ann

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 6337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 8:08 PM

Its unbelievable that this has been vandalised - when you think of all the hard work that went into it, and the trusting spirit of those who were willing to put it there and share it so willingly with anyone who came to see it - so glad you and many others I am sure have records of what was there - v1 for me today, but as you say its good to see the extent of the display.
Helen

LexEquine
LexEquine  7 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 9:07 PM

'Two Whacky, vividly colorful, & excellent color Image Compositions' ~ LEx GrinTongueWink

stevesloan
stevesloan e2 Member 3stevesloan vcard Scotland
14 Apr 2012 - 10:49 PM

Nice - the vandalism saddens me I know and like Saltburn

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 12:16 AM

What a pity, it seems that such things happen everywhere. What saddens me most is that I tend to think that such beautiful things and the sincere desire to share them have the potential of educating especially that kind of people, but hearing instances of vandalism applied on them wears away my hope. You've done ( you and Bill) an excellent job and we should be thankful to you for sharing and documenting them so skilfully.

Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
15 Apr 2012 - 11:48 AM

2 very well taken images. TOPSmile
Cor

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2012 - 8:45 PM

Such a shame these have been vandalised, just like the racehorse statues were in Cheltenham which i uploaded back in March during Gold Cup week. V1 particularly appeals as the gymnast is going through her difficult routine and nobody is bothering to watch what she is doing! I'm sure that elderly fellow in the background of v2 wearing a red fleece and cap is epzer JimV!

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 3:00 PM

With every image I am more amazed about the work those people put into this decoration. Lovely work, on both sides of the camera,
Johanna

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