Poster People

Last week seemed a strange week – the temperatures suggested Spring but the countryside was disinclined to acknowledge that Spring might have arrived [see my comments in last Friday’s post, ‘In the Spirit of Optimism’].

Bereft of nature’s colours I had a productive hour or two photographing sites around Milton Keynes that I had mentally noted in the past as worth a visit. And the plan is to post images from those sites  over the course of the next week or two – unless Nature dictates otherwise.

The image to the Left is of a sculpture called ‘Chain Reaction’ by Ray Smith sited in Campbell Park close to MK’s main shopping centre. It’s a dramatic sculpture that I really like and worth an image in its own right (although I could do better than this shot), but it was the interplay of the sculpture with another feature of Campbell Park that had caught my eye. Click to enlarge either small image.

Projecting out into the slope of Campbell Park is a Promontory of land – a popular viewing point – and there is the potential for combining the sculpture and people on the promontory within one shot.

Except for the stupidity of the planners who allowed a lamp post to be sited in exactly the wrong position to defeat this objective, as you can see on the Right. Clever!

But, I’m not easily put off and I found an alternative POV that meant I could still include the sculpture and the promontory’s visitors although not in quite the way I had first thought of.

For this final image, I chose to de-saturate and also posterize it to reduce the image to the bare essentials.

Click to enlarge

Capturing a really good image of this sculpture is a work in progress for me, and I plan to re-visit during the year to see how I can improve on what I already have.


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'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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16 Responses to Poster People

  1. I like the last shot best. The sculpture bis clever and immediately reminded me of part of a dna spiral/helix. Cheers…

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks for your comment. The last shot was what I was aiming for – took a while to find the POV without falling off the edge of the pavement into the prickly shrubs!

  2. I agree with the last comment. The last image is very striking- it’s excellent. Perfect composition too, which makes it a really interesting shot.

  3. Adam Allegro says:

    I think that first shot is pretty cool but that last shot, absolute beauty. Well framed, focused, composed, shot and processed. Very cool shot!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much, Adam. It was worth the effort of hunting down a good POV. But the guy who planted the lamp post….he wasn’t remotely interested in the sculpture or the view!

  4. Jimi Jones says:

    Nicely done, Andy. That last shot is amazing. Really like that one best. 😉 Nice touch with the people up on the hill.

  5. Len Saltiel says:

    This is a real cool sculpture Andy. Quite unusual. I agree with everyone else that the last one is the pick of the group.

  6. seekraz says:

    Nicely done, Andy…I especially like that last image with the people on the hill in the background.

  7. Mats says:

    I agree with Adam, the last one is great!

  8. Very cool Andy. I really like what you’ve done with the last shot, it works so well.

  9. Great job Andy. I really like Black and White one.

  10. Dave DiCello says:

    You definitely rocked that last shot Andy! What a cool series man!

  11. Yep, easily the last shot is the winner of this post. I think b/w was a good choice.

  12. Victoria says:

    Very nice… I like the last picture very much.

  13. serialphotographer says:

    What an amazing sculpture

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