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The Grandí Place in Brussels again. The Hapsburgs built public squares in the same way as Roman emperors built circuses - for theatrical effect and to keep the masses happy. Nowadays itís floral displays, art exhibitions or sport on a giant screen; in 1568 it was the public beheading of rebel Counts Egmont and Hornes.
Egmont went on to star in an overture by Beethoven...
Guests departed last night. Life is returning to what we laughingly call normality...
Thanks for looking,
Moira

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Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:All the world's a stage
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:13 Oct 2009 - 8:17 AM
Tags:Photo journalism, Street photography
Votes:81

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 - 8:19 AM

Super shot.
Dave

VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 8:20 AM

Good one!!!!!!!!

gingerdelight
13 Oct 2009 - 8:22 AM

A superb image Moira, and excellently composed from underneath the umbrella. Were you sitting and partaking of the local amenities, I wonder?
Carol

colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 8:23 AM

Grand looking image well captured thanks for sharing Colin

shaks
shaks  11561 forum posts Tokelau1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 8:26 AM

Very clever framing.

TelStar
TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 - 8:29 AM

An effective, well dressed stage with luxuriant back-drop and colour.

Tel*

david deveson
13 Oct 2009 - 8:42 AM

I've always loved that square and enjoyed this shot a lot...
David

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 8:49 AM

superb composition with great colour and detail

morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 8:50 AM

Superb shot, great composition, you really get a taste of the atmosphere of this square and whats going on.

Hugh

photophantom
13 Oct 2009 - 8:58 AM

well framed Moira
Dennis

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 9:23 AM

An excellent composition, Moira, very well composed, plenty to look at. Carol

wyatturp
wyatturp  8 England
13 Oct 2009 - 9:37 AM

I like the framing, works well

bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 9:42 AM

perfect composed ...like the framing with the umbrella...very inspiring!!!

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 9:43 AM

Thanks to everyone who has called in here today, I'm delighted by the reception that this has received.
It's the view from the terrace of le Roy d'Espagne, a long-standing favourite of ours. The interior is decorated with inflated pigs' bladders. Never let anyone tell you that Belgium is boring...
Moira

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 9:48 AM

Looks like you are ready to bring the curtain down here Moira.??
But it must just be on your guests.I can't remember if this is the square we were at many years ago.A crowd had gathered and were all looking skyward.Being a nosey sod we joined in,expecting to see someone famous or something appearing at a window.It was a big disappointment when a clock struck,and little figures came out, and went round and round.WOW,TERRIFIC STUFF !! It would have been more exciting watching Morris Dancers,with the odd sheep throwen in !! And nice to hear you are normal again.I must try it sometime !!
Mick.

Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 10:05 AM

Beautifully composed shot; a combination of candid and architecture. I love the way you used the parasol.
Rende

riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 10:08 AM

looks like there is a tale of the business man here... they sure know how to do public squares, pity we rarely follow that example here, ours tend to be vast skateboarding parks!

baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 10:08 AM

Nice compo Moira, like the canopy of the umbralles. I haven't been here for ages, thanks for the memory jog.
Barbara

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 10:24 AM

very impressive composition. Perfectly observed and photographed. All in all a very enjoyable image.

Albert

Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 10:37 AM

Normality in Woolybill Towers...Please don't change things,wonderful candid image and story.
Tom.

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 11:01 AM

Love your framing of this one Moria - good colours too.
Regards Richard.

MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 - 11:07 AM

Good one Moira, the leading actor looks a little like a young Duke of Edinburgh.
Mavis

Cormy
Cormy  6 England
13 Oct 2009 - 11:10 AM

Lovely colours in this fine stage set,Moira.How are you managing at your newly advanced age??
Cheers
Alan

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 11:11 AM

Ah normality...


what's that?

Dougie

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 11:59 AM


Quote: How are you managing at your newly advanced age??

Didn't get on with it, decided to trade it in for 29 again. Thanks everyone, I actually have some time on the site this morning. before two meetings in the rest of the day... But a bottle of wine has just arrived as a late present, so things are looking up.
Moira

Jat_Riski
Jat_Riski e2 Member 664 forum postsJat_Riski vcard United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 - 11:59 AM

Super shot.
Preet

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 12:13 PM

A busy and colorful place....I'm glad we've evolve from public beheadings to football!

Nettles
Nettles  7 England
13 Oct 2009 - 12:32 PM

Am I right in thinking you were sitting enjoying a coffee / alcoholic beverage whilst taking this shot !
Nice framing with the brolley.
Annette

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 12:34 PM

Great story and great capture, Moira - looks a great spot to sit & sup coffee (or beer!) and watch the world go by.
TrevB Smile

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 1:01 PM

like this peek from an umbrella table! nice touch!
Jennnn

vickyal
vickyal  6 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 - 1:27 PM

Great shot, I went here about 10 years ago when I got engaged. It is a lovely place.
Vicky

Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 1:35 PM

What a wonderful scene Moira, makes me want to go right now! Fabulous architecture and I really like your use of the parasoles for framing - enjoy the wine Smile

Sarah *

Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 2:00 PM

Super shot Moira.
Bob

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 3:03 PM

A Fine composition.

dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 3:23 PM

frame worked well Moira, look a like a great place to be.

regards
Yung

Mikelane
Mikelane  7 Wales
13 Oct 2009 - 3:59 PM

Excellent moira,
Mike

davidhu
davidhu  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 4:35 PM

Very well observed Moira. Framing works a treat as does the guy centre stage.
Dave

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6602 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 4:48 PM

Visited Brussels once, on our return to Norway in 1977. We took a rather long and arduous round-about trip, that involved hours of waiting at airports - all this to save about $100. But we were young!
I especially like your use of natural framing in this image Moira. Very nice capture.

Anne

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 5:17 PM

The brollies make it for me Moira. Nicely done.

John Smile

lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 6:05 PM

Very apt title with the curtain about to fall

nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
13 Oct 2009 - 6:45 PM

Great shot, so much to see, love the natural framing

Nicky

Roly
Roly  7 Wales
13 Oct 2009 - 7:21 PM

Super image Moira and a nice bit of framing too.

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54172 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 7:29 PM

This looks so much like a set up shot - something out of toytown. The bloke in the middle is excellent. Wonderful.
Chris

foggytwo
foggytwo  1136 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 8:18 PM

The sun shade being used as a border works very well here and I like the way theb eye is taken "out" into the square.
Pete.

RobinF
RobinF  783 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 9:41 PM

This is a great composition, I love the way there is a natural frame around the image and the central figure sets it all off beautifully.
User award for you Moira.
kind regards,
Robin

paulb20
paulb20 e2 Member 7paulb20 vcard United Kingdom
14 Oct 2009 - 6:44 PM

This is a colourful candid Moria, the chap in the middle looks like he can't make his mind up which way to go.
Paul

Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2009 - 12:51 AM

Lovely composition.
Brian

SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2009 - 9:26 AM

Saw this one over Paul's shoulder last night. It's a cracker!
Sandra

John_Humphreys

This shot is indeed a cracker! John

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