Silent Observer

By woolybill1
Our visit to the Baltic centre with our French visitors was the first time I had been to the viewing platform since taking the Watching You sequence in early March. Imagine my surprise to find the isolated Gormley figure (from the installation Domain Field) still there, silent and alert as ever. I find it difficult to understand how people can seemingly ignore the figure while inspecting even the smallest of small print in detail.

27mm, 1/80th sec @ f6.3, ISO 200

Tags: Photo journalism Gormley Gateshead Watcher Domain field Portraits and people Baltic centre

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mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2475 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 7:50AM
Well good morning neighbour, fancy meeting you here...!
Barbaraj 14 450 England
13 Nov 2007 7:55AM
There were dozens of them in the Baltic a few years back and all of them were made from human beings who had , had plaster casts made of their bodies. They must have kept one.
Like the difference between the person and model.
fentiger 20 920 24 England
13 Nov 2007 7:59AM
GM Bill I like this plenty of interest and the statue in the foreground gives it real depth. Ask Moira what I would like to crop out Wink

brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 8:01AM
What a very unusual sculpture. Though it is metal, it seems transparent - great composition, the "live" person complements this sculpture. Well seen,
13 Nov 2007 8:03AM
Nice capture, well composed.
imagio 15 12 1 England
13 Nov 2007 8:12AM
Am a great admirer of Gormley's work, excellent take Bill

woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 8:14AM
Believe you me, standing in the middle of a vast hall amid hundreds of these figures of all shapes and sizes you could really imagine that you could hear them breathing.
13 Nov 2007 8:14AM
Nice composition Bill, she's definately avoiding the sculpture,
Mounters 15 85 2 England
13 Nov 2007 8:35AM
I am a great fan of Gormley, this portrays the essence of his work perfectly (imho)
riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
13 Nov 2007 9:10AM
I've not been to the flour mills as yet, a fair way North for me, excellent composition and so telling
JudeC 14 6 3 England
13 Nov 2007 9:56AM
Really interesting shot - JudeC
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
13 Nov 2007 10:03AM
The Gomley observing the viewer - lovely!
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
13 Nov 2007 10:10AM
Wonderful shot; great juxtaposition of the two figures. The one in the front seems to be a rather prickly character.
MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 10:40AM
This really stood out in the thumbnail. Very well seen and captured indeeed.
Cormy 14 3 England
13 Nov 2007 10:46AM
Nice observations,like it.
derekv 14 3 England
13 Nov 2007 11:16AM
Agree with you, people seem to accept the unusual, don't they. Great shot Fred, super detail.
Nettles 14 England
13 Nov 2007 11:40AM
Most people can't see the wood for the trees, that is of course unless it hits them in the face.
Well observed Bill and a great shot.
That figure is fascinating.
Mikelane 14 1 Wales
13 Nov 2007 11:50AM
Great shot bill .I found this fascinating .Really well captured .
Cabit 14 104 England
13 Nov 2007 11:53AM
Great spot Bill, agree with above.
davidhu 16 19 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 11:53AM
Finely observed candid, Bill. As Rende says a good balance to the comp.
13 Nov 2007 12:22PM
Bill this is terrific, movement and still life
imander 14 388 7 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 12:54PM
if only he could talk " hey you over here, come and admire me"
cracking composition
DiegoDesigns 16 117 6 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 2:18PM
A well-observed piece Bill...

wyatturp 16 2 England
13 Nov 2007 2:21PM
Like this a lot

TyChee 17 275 1 United States
13 Nov 2007 2:39PM
Awesome capture! Very interesting sculpture.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
13 Nov 2007 2:48PM
Good contrast with the real/unreal here.As you point out,she is ignoring him,but he could be watching her.I wonder too,how often the do not touch sign on the floor is ignored.A good detailed capture Bill. Happy to be 30.
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
13 Nov 2007 4:14PM
This is a great capture Bill.
Love the composition of the figure, & how the human is completely ignoring it.
Well spotted.
GlynnisFrith 15 23 3 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 4:34PM
Like the capture of the lady in the BG it give the image perspective
peg 14 1 1 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 4:40PM
A corker! Haloween poster and a metal 'wicker man' looking on at a potenial victim PLUS great composition. Really enjoyed this. Edmund
culturedcanvas 16 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 5:31PM
One of the artists who creates these work for Gormley is situated in the same building as me ... you ought to see the next set which are going for exhibition out of the UK ... quite different in many ways to his usual style .. certainly a lot harsher in pose.

Nice shot tho.

IainH 17 82
13 Nov 2007 5:40PM
Nothing in the world is going to distract a woman & the word SHOP Smile I do like the observation
Buffalo_Tom Plus
15 2.3k 23 Wales
13 Nov 2007 6:45PM
What an interesting image Bill.Fantastic contrasts.
13 Nov 2007 7:09PM
Very nice comp' Bill, and that's what makes this one work. Well done,

John Smile
bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
13 Nov 2007 7:54PM
like the composition.....fantastic work
pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2242 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 9:17PM
I like your composition and the light you captured on the spikey figure, but the image says so much more. Good one.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
13 Nov 2007 10:06PM
Curious sculptur, works well with your image!

Lucy_Locket 14 35 England
13 Nov 2007 10:08PM
This is a corker! Says so much.
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
13 Nov 2007 10:08PM
Great shot Bill. Visited The Baltic when they had the big display of them. Was a little freaky walking round them all.
SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2007 10:21PM
Subject, composition and title - all brilliant.
13 Nov 2007 10:27PM
Great combination of art and mankind Bill.

Joline Plus
15 38 59 United States
13 Nov 2007 11:35PM
Definitely a good candid...the contrast between the real and unreal comes to mind.
Brilane 15 5 12 Wales
14 Nov 2007 12:04AM
Great DoF, well taken.
newy17 16 273 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2007 4:28AM
excellent capture bill.
danbrann 17 640 17
14 Nov 2007 9:50AM
Love the position of the various elements. Good one Bill.
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2007 12:48PM
Lovely composition with the contrast between the two figures
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
14 Nov 2007 6:43PM
An excellent image and title
Mavis 19 143 2 England
14 Nov 2007 10:41PM
Well seen Bill Both figures I find interesting but this large metal one made methinks of magnetic metal and nails is wonderful xx
wyatturp 16 2 England
15 Nov 2007 4:41PM
So good to look at, back again

Mari 18 1.8k United Kingdom
18 Nov 2007 5:53PM
Thats amazing, Bill, nicely captured viewpoint to make it a candid too

John_Humphreys 16 69 2 Ireland
24 Nov 2007 8:05AM
I like this shot a lot Bill. A well observed piece of candid work. The 'almost' black and white treatment also works well in the shot. John

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