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Gormley Statue

By pamelajean
Returning to my sculpture series.

This mysterious life-size statue of a man contemplating the water held in his hands is the work of the celebrated British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley (there is a tube mechanism through his body, so as the water rises it fills his cupped hands). ďSound IIĒ is fashioned from lead out of a plaster cast of the artistís own body. At times he stands up to his knees in water.

Iíve lived in Winchester for 10 years and always promised myself a visit to the 11th century crypt at the Cathedral where the Gormley statue stands. Sometimes the crypt is closed, sometimes tourists invade the space, sometimes access is not permitted due to an event, sometimes the crypt is not flooded, and so there would be no reflections. (Closer pictures can be taken on ground level, but only when the crypt isnít flooded).

One day everything worked in my favour, but one of my tripod legs broke and I had to wedge it between the railings of the viewing platform. I was never happy with the pictures and left them on file, hoping to return and try again. I havenít yet, so decided to take another look at the ones I got. This is one of them.

Thanks to all who took the time to look, vote, award and comment on my Agapanthus picture.


Tags: Reflection Sculpture Architecture Flooded Winchester cathedral Viewing platform Crypt; Hampshire England Sir Antony Gormley Sound11

Voters: johnriley1uk, cabbie, MadVillPics and 89 more

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adagio Plus
2 3 2 England
28 Jul 2021 11:48AM
I like this Pamela, beautifully photographed and the reflections are absolutely gorgeous.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2021 11:49AM

Quote:One day everything worked in my favour, but one of my tripod legs broke and I had to wedge it between the railings of the viewing platform.

Photographer's luck, good and bad. This is perfect, I've only ever seen it in the aftermath of flooding. I really covet this, it's so calm, light, balanced.
28 Jul 2021 11:51AM
Works a treat for me, calming and beautiful. Bravo!

28 Jul 2021 12:19PM
This is a beautiful composition! I love the reflection of the figure and the arches in the excudes peace! Smile
kaybee Plus
17 7.9k 26 Scotland
28 Jul 2021 12:26PM
You can't possibly be unhappy with this!
mac Plus
19 13 Scotland
28 Jul 2021 12:46PM
Super reflection and art work. What a perfect position for this in the crypt! It looks a real tourist attraction.
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2021 1:04PM
Your image does the sculpture and it's surrounds full justice.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
28 Jul 2021 1:19PM
A super image Pamela, well worth having the patience and the wait to get this 😃👍
Trev 😀
EG Plus
12 24 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2021 2:29PM
Superb shot Pamela, every aspect bang on. I'd frame this.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2021 2:50PM
Impressive to view. Excellent quality image. Beautifully done Pam.
Isabel GrinGrin
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
28 Jul 2021 4:41PM
Worth the sacrifice of a tripod, I'd say. I note that Benbo tripod legs are sealed at the bottom...
AlfieK Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2021 5:28PM
A cracking image - just love that reflection and the stillness of the water.
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2021 5:50PM
A terrific sculpture with wonderful reflections and composition
Beautifully composed.
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.7k 13 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2021 6:37PM
Wonderful image.
So glad I hadn't used all my UA's when I opened this up.
jacomes Plus
6 28 40 Portugal
28 Jul 2021 7:14PM
Excellent shot of the sculpture and the crypt, beautiful reflections and an air of calm and tranquillity, in the sculpture and surroundings.
28 Jul 2021 7:26PM
Absolutely superb, Pamela - it's amazing what wonderful images lurk in the depths of the hard drive!!

rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
28 Jul 2021 7:49PM
Always wanted to take this, very good Pamela my award.
This is beautiful Pamela.
chataignier Plus
8 202 10 France
28 Jul 2021 8:37PM
Superb ! The statue really has to be viewed when it's flooded - the effect is magnificent.
capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2021 9:11PM
The reflections add that touch of magic.Smile
richmowil Plus
12 449 2 England
28 Jul 2021 10:08PM

Quote:You can't possibly be unhappy with this!

I agree. Love the reflections, very nice image indeed.
29 Jul 2021 8:56AM
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2021 6:43PM
Its stunning - a wonderful image
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2021 11:17PM
Pamela, very mesmerising image
so unique and beautifully presented with the info as well
bricurtis Plus
16 2.5k 51 England
1 Aug 2021 4:20PM
Excellent image Pamela - great composition with lovely strong reflections. Very deserving of all those Awards.Have another one.Smile
Interesting info too.
5 Aug 2021 6:39AM
Bravo Pamela ...congrats on all the well earned awards. Timing as they say is everything.
Best regards
BarbaraR 15 1.1k 1 England
5 Aug 2021 4:28PM
Great capture .. so interesting .. wonderful reflections ..and wow to all the awards !
Well done gal

B. Smile
10 Aug 2021 8:36PM
This is beautiful Pam...Lin
ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
13 Aug 2021 6:52AM
I missed this image on the day but never too late to award it. Rob and I stayed with a friend in Winchester every Summer for a few weeks for 12 years. We even got married in Winchester.
A gorgeous image Pamela.. I just love the reflections and clarity and the colors too!

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