It’s my ball…

“It’s my ball – and you’re not getting your hands on it”.

It's my ball - click to enlarge

Or words to that effect because this footballer looks pretty mean and determined to me.

The footballer - click to enlarge

This is a life-sized wood carving just outside the door of the Dixie Bar (an Irish Pub) in Morzine where I was recently skiing.

It’s a popular bar where a lot of live football (Soccer) is shown. Hence the carving, I presume – but I’ve no idea if the carving is of a particular footballer or if so who that might be. It’s simply a great piece of wood sculpting that deserves to be seen.

Two versions of the image here. I myself prefer the B&W conversion above – I deliberately processed it to produce a gritty contrasty image, because I think that suits the subject. The original colour version is below for comparison. Which one do you like?

The original - click to enlarge

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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10 Responses to It’s my ball…

  1. Ginnie says:

    The two effects are different, Andy, but the B&W seems a bit more “sinister,” if that makes sense. More rough and tough, maybe. But what a fabulous piece of word carving, for sure.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks thanks Ginnie. ‘Sinister’ was the word I was after – I thought that’s what he looked like and that’s what I wanted to convey. There are some amazingly talented people out there in the Art world.

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  2. Len Saltiel says:

    Wonderful capture Andy. I think the B&W version is pretty awesome with great details, textures and tones that get a little lost in the color version.

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  3. I agree andy I really like the B&W version it makes the details come alive. Well done.

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  4. Mats says:

    I think I like the color one the best but it works as a black and white also. Nice!

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  5. Jimi Jones says:

    These are great, Andy. I favor the B&W, but both are nice. Lovely find.

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  6. Simon Morris says:

    Nice shot Andy – I prefer the B&W version… wonderful contrast and texture!

    Regarding the goalkeeper… I’m going to hazard a guess at Fabian Barthez (ex Manchester United and France) when he used to sport a ‘goatee’. The carving of his top gave it away, as he was one of the few goalkeepers that always wore a short sleeve! http://www.worldfootball.net/entry/_12954_fabien-barthez/

    A superb player, but not as good as Peter Schmeichel… no clues which footy team I support! 😉

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  7. Marc says:

    I do not recognise this footballer, if in fact he’s an Irish player or not. To me he looks like the French goalie Fabian Barthez?

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