Fierce

By woolybill1
The stone feature in Mountain Ash is a fine work yet scarcely comfortable viewing. Several reviewers yesterday found it 'creepy', which I accept without reservation, but it is also a fine representation of a tough way of life now gone but not forgotten. Seen below a leaden sky under persistent drizzle the effect is staggering in its power; I hope I might have captured at least the essence of the work.

Converted to b/w, clearly, though fairly close to the craggy original. A few more faces will follow in due course.

52mm, 1/400th sec. @ f5.6, ISO 800

Tags: Photo journalism Specialist and abstract

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Comments


bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
7 Apr 2010 8:12AM
strong !!!

great conversion to mono....like the high contrast

oliver Smile

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morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 8:21AM
Superb shot Bill, beautifully taken and converted.

Hugh
7 Apr 2010 8:23AM
Wow What a nightmarey piccy
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
7 Apr 2010 8:24AM
Powerful image Bill.What are these faces depicting.They draw you in,can't stop looking at them.
Tom.
danbrann Plus
11 616 17
7 Apr 2010 8:30AM
A strong and powerful image Bill with spell binding quality.
metro074 6 8 Australia
7 Apr 2010 8:33AM
A powerful statment here! You surly have captured the essence of the work. Well done
Carol
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 67 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 8:35AM

Quote:What are these faces depicting.They draw you in,can't stop looking at them.

My feelings entirely, Tom. As for your question, I presume they are representations of miners from the Deep Duffryn and other local mines, long closed.
Morgs 8 20 62 Wales
7 Apr 2010 8:45AM
Looks like Jack Nicholson!!!!
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
7 Apr 2010 8:49AM
Reckon they must represent the miners.It would have been a tough old life there.The chap here looks like he might have lost an eye !! As mentioned,a powerful one here Bill !!
Mick.
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 9:10AM
It was tough for miners back "in the day", which shows in this chap's face! Excellent capture Bill.
Carol
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
7 Apr 2010 9:14AM
Almost scary close up

Peter
goso 9 2 1 Australia
7 Apr 2010 9:17AM
I'd rather have this fella with me, than agin me Bill...Bill
7 Apr 2010 10:30AM
Excellent image Bill

Chris
tigertimb 8 40 66 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 10:32AM
Excellent shot Bill and such impact - again I like the effect of the twin faces together - big and angry with the small and smiling.

When I'm focusing on the faces, and catch the dark crack at the bottom in my peripheral vision; I see a small man come to seek council from the gods!

Tim
A Booth 14 11 4 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 11:48AM
ageless portrait well captured and presented. good tonal range and detail.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
7 Apr 2010 12:05PM
A spellbinding image, and your mono treatment really emphasizes the features. You had to be mad to work the mines, if you weren't when you started you soon would be. My father-in-law was a coal miner, and it's a life I would never wish on anyone.
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
7 Apr 2010 12:48PM
You definitely captured the essence well, Bill. This is stone cold scaryass.

A.
Richsr Plus
9 90 222 England
7 Apr 2010 1:02PM
Works so well in mono details and textures standout well.
Regards Richard
7 Apr 2010 1:50PM
WONDERFUL CAPTURE.
proz 11 205 United States
7 Apr 2010 5:09PM
indeed you captured it's essence, I applaud this. I must say I think it could be almost a burden to view under certain atmospheric conditions. This is some powerful work! You caught it well Bill.
davidhu 10 19 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 5:27PM
Going close-in adds to the impact Bill, good work.
Dave
jonwebber 8 4 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 5:49PM
Full marks. Indomitable spirit, all those big phrases. Wonderful.
jon
RockArea Plus
9 18 3 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 6:11PM
A fine bit of imagery, both the sculptor's and yours.

David
pamelajean Plus
10 958 1818 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 6:30PM
Powerful work that is so well portrayed by your good self.
wyatturp 10 2 England
7 Apr 2010 6:44PM
These are great to view Bill well seen, and they work well in mono DougSmile
Roly 9 Wales
7 Apr 2010 8:04PM
Looks great in mono.Well captured Bill.
nickyv32 9 135 England
8 Apr 2010 8:36AM
Great shot, thought it was a Politician at first, great in mono

Nicky
11 Apr 2010 10:35PM
Oh, I love to climb a mountain
and reach the highest peak
But it wouldn't thrill me half as much as
dancing cheek to cheek ...

just came to my mind,
Johanna
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
18 Apr 2010 11:51AM
A terrifyingly good close up Bill, whatever did you say or do to make Gyndwr that angry?!
1 May 2010 7:57AM
excellent grin !

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