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La Mojaquera

By pamelajean
In my ignorance, I used to call this "The Lady Who Lost Her Shoe", but have since discovered that the statue is a tribute to the Field Mojaqueras. When they came to Mojacar to do their chores, many women shared the uphill road and the custom was to stop next to a stone at this place and to change their shoes before entering into the city.
The lady wears a typical head-covering dress, carries a water container, and holds a typical Arab headscarf with her teeth. The statue by sculptor Roberto Manzano stands on the original site of the stone of Los Silos.
The old hillside town of Mojacar (pronounced Mohacker) in Spain remains loyal to its past, displaying medieval arab architecture. This elevated mountain village is distinguished by its whitewashed houses.

3 versions showing different aspects of the sculpture, and V4 is a closeup of the shoe on the ground. The light was difficult, but I did my best. I must have taken V3 on a different day, but thought it worth including.
There is now a V5, which is a re-edited V3, following comments made.


Tags: Spain Female Statue Shoe Architecture Stone Andalucia Almeria Mojacar Moorish

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 5:50PM
A beautiful bronze, one which has been clearly crafted my a fine hand. Wonderfully digitally captured for all to share.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 5:54PM
A fascinating tale, an enchanting bronze beautifully photographed.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 5:59PM
V3 is the star for me. It captures the dynamic feel, the movement in her body and dress, and it has both face and hand. It's as though she is offering us the shoe.
V3 has a slightly pinkish cast though - different light, obviously, but I think I'd prefer it a bit cooler. Alternatively it has scope for b&w conversion...
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
4 Jan 2013 6:04PM
What a beautiful statue, Pamela, and very well captured from different aspects. Carol
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
4 Jan 2013 6:12PM
These are excellent photos Pamela, and your background so informative which of course prevent us from calling it the Lady with the Shoe Smile Really great stuff this Smile
Great pov - lovely set.

Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
4 Jan 2013 6:32PM
A lovely complimentary set, Pamela. v3 is the more dynamic but I do like your angle on v1, capturing the statue in its setting.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Jan 2013 6:57PM
Three interesting takes on the statue and such a fascinating story attached to V 4, Pamela.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 7:06PM
Lovely series, V3 for me because of the POV.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
4 Jan 2013 8:19PM
A brilliant setSmile
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
4 Jan 2013 8:20PM
V3 looks the best take on the statue Pamela - it would benefit from a bit of colour correction though.Smile
Interesting narrative.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
4 Jan 2013 9:12PM
A well mage group of images and greaat text to go along with the pictures!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 9:53PM
So pleased that I read all the write up before seeing versions
such wonderful words to accompany the images
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
4 Jan 2013 10:52PM
Interesting write-up and a fine set. I think my favourite is V3 as the POV seems to work especially well.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 12:59AM
Moira and Brian: Thankyou so much for your comments about V3, you are both so right, and you prompted me to go back to the original and do a re-work, which is now V5. I edited that one quite a while ago, it was taken at a different time. I should have studied it more before uploading it. Hope you approve of the new version.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 7:48AM
V5 is much better! I would suggest that it deserves its own upload.
Thanks for the pm alerting me.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 8:37AM
What an interesting sculpture.

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
5 Jan 2013 8:39AM
A fine set of well composed and photographed images.

All the very best for 2013 Pamela.

Tibetan 5 3 England
5 Jan 2013 8:46AM
V1. & V3. for me Pamela, But if I had to choose one it would be V3. if converted to b&W you would loose the green; which I feel could detract from the sculpture but! one would not know unless you tried it!, nice figure from my favourite place, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 9:11AM
V5 for me, it is so full of movement and a wonderful pov.
snappersue 9 11 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 9:11AM
Beautiful capture and interesting write up yet again. All the best for 2013. Sue
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 9:14AM
A fine set of images Pamela and an excellent description .
Thanks for sharing important and historical information. Nice capture.
5 Jan 2013 9:36AM
Very nice series,i like v5 the best.Grin
Paree 13 616 3
5 Jan 2013 10:03AM
all are delightful
paree Grin
xwang 8 56 8
5 Jan 2013 10:17AM
I like V1's POV.. beautifully captured images..
BTW, Thank you very much for your information about Old Hall, Pamela.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
5 Jan 2013 2:23PM
A fine and beautiful statue, and a nicely presented set, Pamela...a very interseting write-up, too Wink
Trev Smile
5 Jan 2013 5:09PM
What a beautiful statue and a very interesting write up
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
5 Jan 2013 8:48PM
V5 looking so much better now PamelaSmile - definitely the choice.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
5 Jan 2013 11:23PM
An interesting set of images and a fascinating and most informative narrative to accompany them
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
6 Jan 2013 11:48AM
Beautiful series and an interesting write up too. V5 is my favourite.
6 Jan 2013 2:19PM
Wonderful set of images Pamela and excellent narrative
pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2013 4:34PM
Thankyou for your help. Looks like V5 is now the favourite! I'd never have guessed.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2013 5:20PM
Very interesting images complimented with a very interesting description. V2 is my fav as I like the pov and I like how the light brings out the detailGrin
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2013 11:50AM
Fascinating description pamela. V5 is excellent. Nice pov.

Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
7 Jan 2013 12:26PM
Great set of images with nice informative write up.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
8 Jan 2013 3:45PM
Fascinating! Lovely light and detail you've got here, Pamela, especially in V2.

And yeah, V5 works better for me than V3 Smile

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 8:17PM
Wonderful set of images, fabulous textures and tones

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
11 Jan 2013 10:12PM
a fascinating writup and a fine series. no 3 is my favourite.
I love your response to the finch.. I call a friend King George spaniel hoover, cause all she does is sit and scrounge in her restaurant.
the other two dogs are always on the move and actually doing something. She has also got two cats, one of them I call dyson cause she is just like the spaniel Smile
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
11 Jan 2013 11:22PM
I will stick with V1.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
8 Mar 2013 12:20PM
A nice story behind nicely taken shots,love the shoe.


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