The Wicker Man

By mrswoolybill
We were at a talk given by a representative from the Woodland Trust recently, and he showed a slide of this sculpture. So the next day we went and found it.
It resides in Low Burnhall Woods, just west of Durham. (For northerners, it's close to the Honest Lawyer pub, near the site of the old **** of the North).
It sits on a (steep, slippery) ridge, and it's not easy to get a decent angle. But I like the way grass is growing up through it, Nature is reclaiming her own.
Two different Lensbaby shots, exploring different formats. These were always going to be b&w, I didn't even save processed colour versions.
There is a theme to this week's uploads, though it may not be apparent...
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Photo journalism Sculpture Black and white Specialist and abstract Lensbaby composer

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Comments


21 Nov 2012 8:14AM
Prefer V1, a bit too much LB effect for me in V2.

Richard

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mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 8:16AM
Thanks Richard, I started off preferring V2 for the square crop, but there's a bit too much sky for me, I decided I liked the breadth of V1.
Moira
If you're not careful the wicker man will get you.

Dougie

good use of the LB lens.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 8:37AM
Thanks Dougie. I have a more conventional picture of the whole work to upload some time, but I'll save that for a bit. I also have a very film noir portrait, that might carry forward to next Hallow'een.
Moira
morpheus1955 10 3 2 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 8:48AM
Super shot Moira, both versions work for me Smile It sort of brings to mind the movie 'The Wicker Man'

Hugh
Richsr 9 91 223 England
21 Nov 2012 8:50AM
Like your use of the LB here Moria, both work well but going with V1 today as the space around the sculpture seems to work better
Regards Richard
frz67 7 10 32 Italy
21 Nov 2012 8:55AM
good morning neighbour
v1 for me Moira, it is that dark region in the bottom right part that makes the picture work for me.
It seems his gaze is directed there, leaving us with the curiosity of what he is seeing

francesco
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 27 Northern Ireland
21 Nov 2012 9:03AM
Edward Woodward would be impressed WinkGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 9:29AM

Quote:v1 for me Moira, it is that dark region in the bottom right part that makes the picture work for me.

You noticed, Francesco... Smile
Thanks everyone,
Moira
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
21 Nov 2012 9:42AM
Excellent Moira, it lives !! with your interpretation.
Ron.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
21 Nov 2012 10:01AM
v2 is more 'up close and personal', far more disturbing, v1 the distance makes it safe.

Dave
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 10:20AM

Quote:v2 is more 'up close and personal', far more disturbing, v1 the distance makes it safe.

Yes. I think my preference for V1 is compositional, I found that the closer I got to the subject the more disturbing the results. (See above re Hallow'een!)
I guess V1 is about him and his surroundings, V2 is about him and us.
Moira
21 Nov 2012 10:28AM
works well .... V1 is my favourite
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
21 Nov 2012 12:15PM
Just looking at Bills image, the lens baby looks fun with great effects. - gary
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
21 Nov 2012 12:16PM
Excellent use of an LB, has to be version 1 for me Moira.

Ken
Mrsbass 4 2 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 12:45PM
V1 for me also - the use of black and white gives this image a very sisnister aura - Supberb.
Mrs B
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
21 Nov 2012 1:30PM
Definitely v1, he looks much more natural in that one.
I like these twig sculptures, and the fact that they are able to be returned to whence they came.
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 1:50PM
Has to be V1 I think Fransesco has hit the spot with his comment re the black blob bottom right
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
21 Nov 2012 2:11PM
An excellent film that! Wink And an excellent piece of work here with your LB (or is it Bills?!) V1 for me Smile
Trev Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 2:15PM
Trev, we are a two-Lensbaby household. We double up on a couple of other lenses too. And I have my eye on a couple more of Bill's...
Thanks everyone.
Moira
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
21 Nov 2012 2:24PM
I find V1 more sinister - excellent work Moira!

Sarah *
21 Nov 2012 2:27PM
Super LB work Moira. I thought Bill was the King, Iím not so sure now. Grin
V1 works for me with the wider view.

David
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 2:39PM
I'm going along with your first choice too of v1 Moira - they're both excellent tho'! Smile
Ann
danbrann Plus
12 629 17
21 Nov 2012 3:17PM
Once you get his bottom part sharpened it'll be fine Moira...A good thoughtful crop to and intersting piece of art/sculpture/messing about.
Lydia 5 4 Greece
21 Nov 2012 6:43PM
I've been away too long, comments seem to have risen a notch!!! May i just say when it comes to lensbabies, that in my opinion, 'less is more'. I shall continue to lurk for the time being.... Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 6:46PM
Welcome back Miss Clock! Even if simply lurking...
MacroMeister 4 62 4 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 6:54PM
I don't see Christopher Lee anywhere!

I think this one of your better shots, Moira. Your more artistic and nuanced side has obviously comes to the fore here. I'm forced to vote (argh!) but partly for the 'trial and error' metering method - it shows a contempt for technology in the pursuit of art.

Voted (as the say on FLICKR)

Rob
Lydia 5 4 Greece
21 Nov 2012 7:02PM
I may occasionally say something besides lurking (although obviously not in too much depth which requirements engagement of brain, and usually gets me at total odds to everyone else as i rarely agree with them!).

You have an 'alleged focal length' that's a bit too technical for me (I don't do technical, I just like pressing buttons and see what happens LOL).

Who is this Mr Meister and who is Rob and does it matter. Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 7:15PM

Quote: I'm forced to vote (argh!) but partly for the 'trial and error' metering method - it shows a contempt for technology in the pursuit of art.


Quote:You have an 'alleged focal length' that's a bit too technical for me (I don't do technical, I just like pressing buttons and see what happens LOL).

Well the Lensbaby is supposed to be 50mm, but looking through it is so weird that it is difficult to make a direct comparison.
It is entirely manual, aperture is changed by means of magnetic rings that stick on the front (Waterhouse stops), and the lens is on a ball and socket joint so that once you have focused you can move the sweet spot around. I don't do technical either, I like the wackiness of this.
Moira
21 Nov 2012 7:17PM
A spooky kind of image Moira, and a great Film with a great character part for Edward Woodwood.

John Smile
MacroMeister 4 62 4 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 7:25PM

Quote:
Who is this Mr Meister and who is Rob and does it matter. Wink


Meister is, as I'm sure you know German for 'Master'. And as Leonard Woolf (Virginia's hubby) so accuratley pointed out - 'nothing matters' WinkWinkWink
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
21 Nov 2012 7:40PM
Nature's process of reclaiming - I see how quickly this happens in the garden if I let things go for just a few months - plants grow where they will, vines twine up trees. Nowhere do I see it as obviously as on some of the old abandoned farm houses in the area - after the roof caves in it's a free for all.

V1 appeals much more to me.

Anne
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
21 Nov 2012 7:41PM
An interesting phenomenom the lensbaby made

Peter
Lydia 5 4 Greece
21 Nov 2012 8:11PM
Mrs Wooly, apologies for using your upload to converse with another ..... Mr Meister, that was slightly rude of me (I am usually an extremely polite young(ish) lady but was rather intrigued to find a 'new person' with a slightly offnorm commentary style. Anyway, I am afraid i have no knowledge at all of German and had no idea that meister means master in German .. but I do have to agree with mr Mr Woolf, that (basically on the whole) nothing matters..... I do have to agree with the statement that showing contempt for technology in the pursuit of art is something to be encouraged.
pdcche 6 4 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 8:18PM
Two nice shots Moira, but i will agree with others that V1 is the one, great shot with the lensbaby, Peter..
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
21 Nov 2012 8:23PM
Coming to this late in the day there doesn't seem anything original to say. I prefer No. 1 as there is space to the right for the subject to "look" into, your crop has made it too tight in the frame.

Albert
21 Nov 2012 10:24PM
Do you come here often?TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue
AniaWink
nonur Plus
8 17 11 Turkey
21 Nov 2012 11:35PM
A powerful mono image, Moira. V1 works even better for me as the face takes more attention than the whole in V2.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
22 Nov 2012 12:01AM
Go for the tighter crop of V2 Moira.
And on that note,V2 of the actual film The Wicker Man was a big disappointment !!
Mick.
Tibetan 4 3 England
22 Nov 2012 11:04AM

Quote:Edward Woodward would be impressed WinkGrinGrin
that is exactly what I thought! V1. for me Moira, interesting idea. regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
22 Nov 2012 5:42PM
V1 is the standout shot for me
ChrisOs 11 2 1 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 10:26AM
Coming to this far later than others, my immediate thought was that this was a Jarrow Marcher, from a very bleak period in the history of the north.
Chris
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 12:59PM
Chris, thanks - we are sure that he is intended to be a miner, and he has the look of the 1930s, although the work is much more recent.
Cheers,
Moira

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