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"Another Place"

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 3 December 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A long exposure photo of one of sculptor Antony Gormley's famous life size cast iron statues at Crosby Beach, NW England.

Photographed at high tide just after dawn in winter using a 6 stop B+W neutral density filter on my D40 camera

NIKON D40 15 second F/16.0 ISO 200 232 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Séb. C. from Nancy, France

Very poetic, nice shot !

3 Dec 2009 10:11am

@Séb. C.: Thanks Séb!

Ariel from Madrid, Spain

Inspiring composition. Simple, and yet so striking...

3 Dec 2009 10:28am

@Ariel: Thanks Ariel.....often the most simple compositions are the strongest aren't they!

k@ from Paris, France

A ghostly splendor, Ian*

3 Dec 2009 11:00am

@k@: Thanks k@!

Mirko Herzner from Germany

This has the look of some loney person walking into clouds... So simple and yet powerful

3 Dec 2009 11:10am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko....I hadn't thought of the water looking like clouds but you're right!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

This is just superb Ian!
Such a simple idea that turns out just perfect! You could make some money from this one, as I'm sure anybody doing stuff on Gormley would use it.

3 Dec 2009 12:16pm

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian....I'm starting to gain in confidence in my photography which is half the battle and I've been lucky enough to have sold a few prints and commercial licenses just recently, including one to a record company for use on the cover of a classical music CD cover! should be out in the shops shortly and then I'll be able to post it up here to show you.

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

This is a wonderful!

3 Dec 2009 12:59pm

@Theys: Thanks!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Wow, I thought this was a real person.

3 Dec 2009 1:30pm

@Viewfinder: Hi Glenn!....there's actually 100 of these life size sculptures spread out over a few miles of the beach and they are an amazing sight, especially as they always seem different depending on the tide, weather and light.

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Very nice shot !!! good work !!

3 Dec 2009 1:32pm

@olivier Paillet: Thanks Olivier!

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

What a great photo, it's both surreal and serene. I am not familiar with Antony Gormley but I think this sculpture is brilliant!

3 Dec 2009 2:06pm

@Ralph Jones: Thanks Ralph....these life size sculptures are an amazing sight!

Enrique Vidal Vijande from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wow, this one is fantastic. I really like it. Congratulations

3 Dec 2009 2:28pm

@Enrique Vidal Vijande: Thanks Enrique!

steve from Wirral, United Kingdom

I just like your work

3 Dec 2009 2:49pm

@steve: Thanks very much Steve!

Kevin Mullins from Malmesbury, United Kingdom

Very cool image - true "Fine Art".

3 Dec 2009 3:06pm

@Kevin Mullins: Thanks Kevin!...that's very kind of you.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fine simplistic composition, yes it is art.

3 Dec 2009 6:19pm

@Curly: Hi Curly...thanks very much!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

wonderful poetic composition ! fine work !

3 Dec 2009 6:43pm

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna!


wow ! excellent work !

3 Dec 2009 10:28pm

@NADINE DERUYCK: Thanks Nadine!

Stu from Home: Scotland | Residing in Kyoto, Japan

Magnificent one Ian! Love the centre positioning and the square presentation. Congrats on your recent successes too. Well-deserved indeed.

3 Dec 2009 11:25pm

@Stu: Thanks Stu!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Were you inspired by a Magritte painting? This is just wonderful!

3 Dec 2009 11:38pm

@MadScientist: I don't know much about Magritte I'm afraid!

Michael Kenna has been my main inspiration as far as photography goes and I sometimes wonder what he'd make of these enigmatic sculptures.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Michael Kenna - thanks for that direction, indeed, amazing photography!

4 Dec 2009 12:18am

cassiel from Mexico, Mexico

Enigmatic image. Great work

4 Dec 2009 12:46am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

quite a mysterious looking shot... the long exposure makes it seem as thought he sculpture is floating through the mist or fog...

4 Dec 2009 12:54am

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada


4 Dec 2009 1:41am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Really a Great shot

4 Dec 2009 5:52am

Levi Cusio from West Vancouver, Canada

very ghostly shot. perfect mood. dramatic and soulful photo. love it

4 Dec 2009 7:57am

Momo from Montpellier, France

just the composition Ian...and the pp work is excellent...these minimalist works seem to leave out so much yet include that odd?...

4 Dec 2009 8:27am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


4 Dec 2009 9:17am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Interesting composition and ambiance... like in a cotton paradise

4 Dec 2009 2:48pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Elegant and poetic

4 Dec 2009 3:19pm

Jeremie from Brooklyn, New York, United States

Wouahou, surreal!! That's an amazing shot Ian, congrats!!

4 Dec 2009 4:54pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great image, obviously, but the most important for me is the metaphysical suggerences that I see in it.
Wondeful work, I imagine it in large... Thanks for sharing.

4 Dec 2009 5:43pm

lydia from Paris, France

Great picture , splendid !!

4 Dec 2009 7:34pm

Helen from Canberra, Australia

So simple, but so moving. Love it.

4 Dec 2009 8:33pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Worked brilliantly!

4 Dec 2009 10:35pm

ocorti from Vevey, Switzerland

superb of simplicity. I love it.

5 Dec 2009 5:40pm

Babzy from Besançon, France

Wow , great image , i love it , it makes me dive in another world ....

6 Dec 2009 8:33am

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

This is just stunning in it's simplicity. Very beautiful.

6 Dec 2009 7:56pm

Paolo from Udine, Italy

really a great shot, it reminds me of Claudio Magris' "Un altro mare", it holds the same sad atmosphere you can find throughout the novel. the statue could be as well a portrait of the main character, Rico Mreule

7 Dec 2009 10:13am

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

This is a very poetic shot!

8 Dec 2009 11:37pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

simple, et très beau.

11 Dec 2009 12:47pm

JohnPaulWilliams from Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

This is a great image with a very pleasing, almost deceptive simplicity about it.

11 Dec 2009 11:12pm

Fabienne from Quelque part ou ailleurs, France

A wonderful shot Ian !

15 Dec 2009 7:35am

Pierre from Le Havre, France

great photo.
I've been there a few times and never managed to get a good picture out of this place.
you've got a great blog, one of my favorite!

14 Feb 2011 1:30pm

15 second
ISO 200
232 mm (35mm equiv.)