Photographer Stephen Green-Armytage takes some of the most spectacular chicken photographs you will ever see. In addition to prints (available on his website), and two photobooks (so far) the annual “Extraordinary Chickens” calendars is available in many bookstores. (My parents buy it for their kitchen every year. It’s fantastic).
Harry Bates - Pandora - Tate Britain Aug 2010 back by ketrin1407 on Flickr.
Just for a change, some female nude sculpture, and from the Tate Britain as well, which very seldom puts its best Victorian statues on display. Because of that I had never seen Bates’s Pandora in the flesh before, so to speak, although I’d managed to hunt down half a dozen, sometimes very old, photos from various obscure sources.
(Speaking of old photos, here’s one from c. the 1920s: www.flickr.com/photos/striderv/5582668870/ )
Photographing a statue in a glass case is always problematical because of stray reflections. Also, I wasn’t able to use flash (which would have caused more reflections anyway), which meant the pictures needed a lot of adjustment for colour and brightness, and the slow shutter speeds resulted in some fairly soft focus.
In spite of all these issues, I’m very pleased to be able to present images of one of my very favourite statues in the round for the first time ever.