The Teaching

By mrswoolybill
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

Tags: Photo journalism Sculpture Black and white Specialist and abstract

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Comments


4 Dec 2012 8:24AM
an incredibly moving image ... I can see all sorts to be honest

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NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 8:26AM
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
capto Plus
3 3.2k 8 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 8:27AM
Nice in mono. Quite spooky and compelling.

ivor
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
4 Dec 2012 8:29AM
Something very moving about this, Moira, I like the serenity of it. Carol
Richsr Plus
8 90 219 England
4 Dec 2012 8:36AM
They look a bit sinister to me, like a group of watchers.
Well worked Moria
Regards Richard
nonur Plus
7 15 9 Turkey
4 Dec 2012 8:41AM
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!
fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
4 Dec 2012 8:45AM
A fascinating image open perhaps to many interpretations. Before reading your narrative I was connecting it to people without sight.

Albert
mrswoolybill Plus
9 839 1369 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 8:59AM
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
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
ChrisOs Plus
10 2 1 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 9:25AM
Remarkably well-lit and super processing. Good choice of frame too. All-in-all, it works very well indeed.
Chris
Tibetan 3 3 England
4 Dec 2012 9:51AM
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
cats_123 Plus
12 4.4k 25 Northern Ireland
4 Dec 2012 10:02AM

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
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
4 Dec 2012 10:15AM
The lighting is very effective
4 Dec 2012 10:46AM
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
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?
rontear Plus
12 8 7 England
4 Dec 2012 10:56AM
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.
SlowSong Plus
7 5.8k 29 England
4 Dec 2012 12:34PM
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 Plus
9 839 1369 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 12:56PM
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
4 Dec 2012 1:40PM
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
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
Rock Plus
13 10 2 England
4 Dec 2012 2:08PM
Never judge from the outside appearance as it's the inside that mean's all.

Rock
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
4 Dec 2012 2:09PM
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). ???
AnnChown Plus
6 197 1 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 2:56PM
I find it sinister too - it's those hollow eyes.
Ann
4 Dec 2012 3:00PM
It does have a rather sinister look, but it makes an excellent mono image, Moira Smile
Trev Smile
franken Plus
13 3.7k 4 Wales
4 Dec 2012 3:23PM
I find it to be moving and a little bit sinister. Makes you think so it works for me Moira.

Ken
RockArea Plus
9 18 3 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 3:51PM
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
AnneWorner Plus
8 620 43 United States
4 Dec 2012 5:45PM
The eyes are almost staring blindly - I can see what you see, and undoubtedly the mono conversion has enhanced this sense of evil.

Anne
mrswoolybill Plus
9 839 1369 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 5:51PM
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 la´citÚ, 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
4 Dec 2012 6:19PM
The perfect view point for this shot Moira, very nicely done.

John Smile
Superb capture and processing, Moira.

P.
pamelajean Plus
10 949 1781 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 8:10PM
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.
Mysterious....................
AniaWink
4 Dec 2012 9:23PM
Nice shot of the heads Moira, nice textures and light, Peter..
gajewski Plus
11 10 9 United States
5 Dec 2012 1:25AM
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
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
5 Dec 2012 5:36AM
I hope that it was not intended to look this cold and it is sometimes hard to create a stone sculpture

Peter
A very chilling image, especially with the Cabaret connotations. Your image portrais this perfectly. Don
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 4:25PM
Yes a "piece of a strong statement" in this shot! Oh my... Very well seen. IB
7 Dec 2012 4:49PM
fascinating!
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
23 Dec 2012 9:27PM
These boys do look possessed in this slightly sinister mono image

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