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This is The Teaching, by David Edwick. It stands outside Ponteland Parish Church, and I suspect that it is intended to show the serenity of the Bible class. Somehow it looks sinister to me though, it's those bright blank eyes.
Processed to fit my mood...
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:12 Oct 2012 - 11:50 AM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/4.8
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:The Teaching
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:4 Dec 2012 - 8:20 AM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Sculpture, Specialist / abstract
Votes:56

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 8:24 AM

an incredibly moving image ... I can see all sorts to be honest

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NDODS
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4 Dec 2012 - 8:26 AM

A very fitting and quite beautiful yet somewhat emotive movie clip, certainly one which could be viewed from many slants. The photograph is clearly well observed and it itself can be viewed and interoperated from many view points.

Regards Nathan

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capto
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4 Dec 2012 - 8:27 AM

Nice in mono. Quite spooky and compelling.

ivor

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CarolG
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4 Dec 2012 - 8:29 AM

Something very moving about this, Moira, I like the serenity of it. Carol

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Richsr
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4 Dec 2012 - 8:36 AM

They look a bit sinister to me, like a group of watchers.
Well worked Moria
Regards Richard

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nonur
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4 Dec 2012 - 8:41 AM

Making me remember that great scene from the film with the link and provoking the connection made me chilled deep inside, and then the beautiful gritty mono image turned into a happy faced symbol of sinister reality about teaching. I am speechless!

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fentiger
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4 Dec 2012 - 8:45 AM

A fascinating image open perhaps to many interpretations. Before reading your narrative I was connecting it to people without sight.

Albert

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mrswoolybill
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4 Dec 2012 - 8:59 AM

Thanks everyone. I removed the You Tube link from the Description bit because I didn't want to distract attention from the image, but it was this scene from Cabaret , the Hitler Youth singing Tomorrow belongs to me. I was educated by remarkably independent-minded Irish nuns and was taught to be deeply suspicious of anything that smacked of indoctrination.
Moira

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maggietear
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4 Dec 2012 - 9:02 AM

When viewing on the thumbnail it they could almost have been "real"! I love the conglomeration of heads, giving an intensity to the feeling within the sculpture. Another great mono, Moira!
Maggie

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ChrisOs
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4 Dec 2012 - 9:25 AM

Remarkably well-lit and super processing. Good choice of frame too. All-in-all, it works very well indeed.
Chris

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
4 Dec 2012 - 9:51 AM

Quite a compelling sculpture the intense staring ahead of them!, what do they see! or are they listening with their eyes! a very evocative shot well processed which I sort of like, well done Moira, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin I have put an addition after your comments hope you find it interestingGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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4 Dec 2012 - 10:02 AM


Quote: but it was this scene from Cabaret , the Hitler Youth singing Tomorrow belongs to me. I was educated by remarkably independent-minded Irish nuns and was taught to be deeply suspicious of anything that smacked of indoctrination.
Moira

certainly adds another dimension to the shot Smile

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lonely_oryx
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4 Dec 2012 - 10:15 AM

The lighting is very effective

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Hop-A-Long
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4 Dec 2012 - 10:46 AM

It's the innocence of the children being taught by the adult that makes this intriguing, worrying, sinister or completely innocent. So many interpretations could be given to this.
It really is a fantastic image which I feel the intimacy of the group would have been lost had you stood back.

Andy

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Scottishlandscapes
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4 Dec 2012 - 10:55 AM

Ghostly was my first feeling, I'm still holding onto that feeling after viewing the link, now that is scary and was in reality too.

Lets hope we never see the likes again.

Dougie

I wonder how the liberated nuns would view your work now my friend?

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4 Dec 2012 - 10:56 AM

Only a film clip Moira ( biased to say the least ) Fact is your image is more sinister, bible class concentration. I like your conetations regarding the image, fiction should stay just that.
Ron.

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SlowSong
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4 Dec 2012 - 12:34 PM

Strange sort of bible class. The larger face holds my attention. SOmething rather sinister going on underneath that bland expression.
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mrswoolybill
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4 Dec 2012 - 12:56 PM

Some very interesting responses this morning, I won't quote a long string of them I'm glad I'm not alone in seeing something dark in this.

Quote: It's the innocence of the children being taught by the adult that makes this intriguing, worrying, sinister or completely innocent.

'Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man', said St Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.
Dougie, I got on very well with my nuns. I think I would still do so today. I remember the head mistress, Sister Imelda Marie, storming out of a meeting with the Bishop of Portsmouth (concerning her plans to provide contraception advice, as I recall) yelling 'Girls, never vow obedience to a man, all men are fools...' at the top of her voice.
Chers everyone,
Moira

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Daisymaye
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4 Dec 2012 - 1:40 PM

I find it so unusual that people find this sinister. I see it as they are seeing something special happen. Like maybe a butterfly emerging and they are entranced by it. They all have a slight smile as if they are entranced. Maybe if I'd just watched a horror movie I'd have a different feel about it. Wonderful processing and the light on their faces is perfect..........Sandy

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JohnChambersPhotography

I see it for what it is, it could mean many things to many people, I like the pose the light the locked on intensity , good capture Moira, got many people thinking and that's a good thing.

John

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Rock
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4 Dec 2012 - 2:08 PM

Never judge from the outside appearance as it's the inside that mean's all.

Rock

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4 Dec 2012 - 2:09 PM

Daisymaye-- and myself--- I suspect Americans are seeing this differently due to some cultural differences-- What i can't figure is why this is even interesting-- tho it is certainly well done as an image / conversion. You are taking something to this image --- and I think I understand why-- that is --essentially out of our ken (my ignorance). ???

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AnnChown
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4 Dec 2012 - 2:56 PM

I find it sinister too - it's those hollow eyes.
Ann

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TrevBatWCC
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4 Dec 2012 - 3:00 PM

It does have a rather sinister look, but it makes an excellent mono image, Moira Smile
Trev Smile

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franken
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4 Dec 2012 - 3:23 PM

I find it to be moving and a little bit sinister. Makes you think so it works for me Moira.

Ken

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RockArea
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4 Dec 2012 - 3:51 PM

I think it might be the lighting that adds to the sinister effect with the darker one looking on at the back. Very nicely framed.

David

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4 Dec 2012 - 5:45 PM

The eyes are almost staring blindly - I can see what you see, and undoubtedly the mono conversion has enhanced this sense of evil.

Anne

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mrswoolybill
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4 Dec 2012 - 5:51 PM

Well, I'm back, after an afternoon photographing our local Aged People's Treat and working on the files.
More thought-provoking comments...

Quote: Daisymaye-- and myself--- I suspect Americans are seeing this differently due to some cultural differences-

Interesting. I think we are a more secular culture - not in the sense of the French legal principle of laïcité, but in our suspicion of private beliefs crossing over into public life. I recall that all the contenders for the Republican presidential nomination accepted creationism - I just cannot imagine that happening in the UK. I find a fervent belief in one's own righteousness frankly terrifying...
David, thanks for noticing the darker face at the back, that's a detail that I was pleased with. This was taken close to midday, on a sunny day - we were passing by on a non-photographic errand and I spotted the sculpture. Not ideal conditions.
Moira

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4 Dec 2012 - 6:19 PM

The perfect view point for this shot Moira, very nicely done.

John Smile

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Philip_H
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4 Dec 2012 - 6:24 PM

Superb capture and processing, Moira.

P.

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4 Dec 2012 - 8:10 PM

I like the way you have filled the frame with just the heads, Moira, and each has a slight smile, nothing sinister there for me, mono works well.

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4 Dec 2012 - 9:04 PM

Mysterious....................
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pdcche
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4 Dec 2012 - 9:23 PM

Nice shot of the heads Moira, nice textures and light, Peter..

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gajewski
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5 Dec 2012 - 1:25 AM

Hmmm -- I have to weigh in on this. I too don't see this as sinister. So -- we have a couple of Yanks and a Canadian not seeing this as sinister. Maybe it is the cultural difference. I'm wondering if this grouping had a different name and wasn't associated with a church if it would be perceived differently.
-=\Walter

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jaktis
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5 Dec 2012 - 5:36 AM

I hope that it was not intended to look this cold and it is sometimes hard to create a stone sculpture

Peter

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thedon1941
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5 Dec 2012 - 8:20 PM

A very chilling image, especially with the Cabaret connotations. Your image portrais this perfectly. Don

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Chinga
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6 Dec 2012 - 4:25 PM

Yes a "piece of a strong statement" in this shot! Oh my... Very well seen. IB

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7 Dec 2012 - 4:49 PM

fascinating!

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23 Dec 2012 - 9:27 PM

These boys do look possessed in this slightly sinister mono image

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