Silhouettes & Sunburst

Silhouettes & Sunburst


Visiting exhibitions is a stimulating experience and I always come away with my vision sharpened and can more quickly ‘get into the zone’ with my camera. All around me I see the influence of the paintings or photography that I’ve just witnessed and compositions come alive in front of me and I see the bigger picture, so to speak.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art invariably challenges my sense of what constitutes art and such exhibitions as this one, of the work of Irish Artist Patrick Scott, never fail to open the door on a new experience. The painting here arose from concerns that the artist had about nuclear weapons and was done in the 1950s when such issues were uppermost in peoples minds, especially during the Cuban Missile Crises in 1961. I was a college at the time and remember the fears and concerns that we all had during this period.

John Cawny and his daughter were particularly interested in this painting and were busy photographing themselves in front of it when I came into the gallery. At this juncture I had been observed also taking their photo and offered to send them copies of the pictures, a job that I now must do, so I’ll leave you with this interpretation of the event.



11 thoughts on “Silhouettes & Sunburst

  1. John, this is a very nice image. It truly expresses the intensity of Mr. Cawny and the more fleeting interest of his daughter. The colors and the posture of Mr. Cawny for some reason reminds me of Norman Rockwell’s style of illustration. I think you need to hang around more museums and capture additional images of people.
    Also, thank you for viewing a large number of my posts and liking them.

    • Hi Tim, I have enjoyed looking at your recent images, so was doing a catch up….don’t seem to find the time to look at all the great photographers that I follow.
      This particular image is one of my favourites. My wife thought that it looked like a Stanley Spencer painting and definitely it has the feel of a Rockwell. Once again it’s an image that doesn’t pick up many ‘likes’ which confirms my view that most people have a quite narrow perception of photographic images with often rather boring landscapes of mine picking up much more ‘likes’. This re-enforces my determination to press on and do what I like, but it doesn’t help my picture sales!

  2. Yes, John…it is an interesting finish….I was thinking how it would be so fitting on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post before reading the text…but I suppose more correctly, that it was a Rockwell painting as you suggested.

    • In many respects I approach photos like this from the viewpoint of a painter but I often baulk at gimmicky and over processed photographs especially when I see recognisable filters being used. The trouble is that if anyone asks how I arrived at this I think I would find it difficult to be certain what I did with it! Thanks again Scott.

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