The suffering of conflict..

A touching statue by Käthe Kollwitz’s of ‘Mother with her Dead Son’. This sculpture is situated in a stark bare room right under the open oculus, and so is exposed to the rain, snow and cold of the Berlin climate, symbolising the suffering of civilians during World War II. At the New Watchouse (Neue Wache). Unter der Linden, Berlin.

Mother and her dead son..
Mother and her dead son.

In 2014, there are stories of conflict and suffering all around the world, and I can’t think of a better message to post on as the first blog post for this year!

Spring, Summer – the Four Seasons

This is my full collection of the 4 gigantic sculptures that are presently on display at the New York Botanical Gardens. These sculptures are by Philip Haas and were inspired by the paintings of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an Italian renaissance painter who famously used fruits, flowers and twigs in his depiction of human heads.

 

The Four Seasons – Autumn

The next in the series of sculptures by Philip Haas is Autumn. Autumn is characterised by ripe fruit (grapes, apples, blackberries) and vegetables (pumpkins, barley) ready for the picking.

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Autumn by Philip Haas

These sculptures are inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo‘s paintings of “The Four Seasons”. Arcimboldo used fruits, vegetables and grains to creative identifiable and imaginative portraits.

Technical Details
Photographed using Nikon D7000 with a 18-250mm F4.5/6.3 Lens
Autobracketed at -2, 0 and +2 in aperture priority mode (f/6.3 ISO 200)
Processed in Photomatix Pro and Adobe Lightroom

The Four Seasons – Winter

In the New York Botanical Gardens stand 4 imposing 15 foot tall painted fibre glass statues sculpted by the famous Philip Haas. Each statue represents a particular season of the year, and have been inspired by the renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The picture is of Winter, a foreboding season of creeping ivy, mossy scarred bark and bare branches.

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Winter – by Philip Haas

Winter
Winter – by Arcimboldo

This picture is a HDR composite of 3 bracketed photographs at -2, 0 and +2, processed first in Photomatix Pro and then in onOne picture perfect suite for final adjustments.  Please click on the image to see the picture in large size.

Reach for the sky…

Just outside the popular Prudential Center in Boston stands a tall bronze statue seemingly reaching for the sky. This statue, by Donald De Lue, was cast in Italy and installed in 1967.

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Aiming high.. Prudential Center towering over the bronze statue by Donald De Lue. 

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The backdrop of the Prudential Center made an interesting backdrop/canvas for the dramatic pose struck by the quest eternal statue.
Technical Details
Nikon D7000 with a Tamron 18-200mm lens
Autobracket at -2, 0 +2 in Aperture Priority
Processed in Photomatix Pro and Adobe Lightroom 5.0