Saturday, June 5, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Lafayette

Shadows appear out of thin air. Alas, the driver has to watch the road, traffic lights, other cars, etc., so shadow captures are not always possible. However, when the lovely Patti is a passenger and has the camera, I see, I ask and she pushes the shutter...

Which is perfect for Tracy's always fun Shadow Shot Sunday, as we were passing through Hartford one recent evening, I saw this shot. The statue of a French nobleman, sword in hand preeminent. This is the Marquis de Lafayette, who arrived in America in 1777 to assist the American colonists (and secure the assistance of the French) in the conflict with the British.

This busy intersection is usually full of traffic, although not on a Saturday evening. With the saber raised, Lafayette seems poised to lead a charge into the past...The artist was Paul Wayland Bartlett, born in New Haven Connecticut who moved to France and studied art under Cavelier, Fremiet and Rodin. The sculpture, originally designed to stand in the courtyard of the Louvre was copied and cast in 1907, and placed in Hartford in 1925.

Too bad the harried commuters probably don't even notice the artwork as they go to/from work. With this shadow, we noticed! See Hey Harriet for many more shadows as art



28 comments:

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

What??? You get Patti to take your pictures??? What kind of deal is that???
:-)


Shimmering Shadow

frayedattheedge said...

It's handy having a passenger ready to capture a good shot - I've seen a deer twice in the road recently, but despite emergency stops, I couldn't get the camera out in time!!

Sylvia K said...

Always good to have a second photographer in the passenger seat! And what a great shot! And thanks for the information! I always enjoy that and it gives a new appreciation for the shot itself! Hope you and Patti have a lovely weekend, Ralph! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Birgitta B. said...

Large shadows here! Good shot!

bobbie said...

Most impressive! Wonderful photograph. You both take such great shots.

Dianne said...

you two are a great team!

I love this scene
it's so dramatic

Carin said...

Glad Patti caught a shot of Lafayette. Very impressive too with the raised sword in his hand and that hilly shadow just behind the horse!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Manang Kim said...

Hahaha sounds like me and my hubby. He drives I took the photo ^_^. This shot is awesome not common. Happy Sunday!


Shadow Shot Sunday

EG Wow said...

I'm sure most of us miss such interesting shadows as we go about our daily lives. That's why we need this meme. :)

Martha Z said...

It seems a park would be a more fitting location, a place where people could linger and appreciate the art work.

Cassie said...

Lucky you that you have the lovely Patti. The lovely Patrick never seems to be quick on the draw for snapping (or stopping the car) on my command!! Happy SSS to you Ralpps-I need to find that photo of Patrick as a little one that reminds me of your sidebar pic. You could have been twins (if you were 20 years older)...

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

How lucky you were to have a shutter pusher for a passenger! I often lament the photos I miss as I drive past some little gem.

Serendipity said...

It's like he's charging out of the shadows!

Sweet Repose said...

This is why I drive the country back roads, cause I'm driving and shooting frequently for my blog and I wouldn't want a ticket for drunk driving, though sober as a judge, it doesn't appear so, besides I prefer the lonely roads, though I would love to see a giant bronze nobleman on my path.

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Cool statue and SS! I'm glad you and Patti caught it for us:)

Beverley Baird said...

Great teamwork! Great shadows!
It almost looks like the shadow will overshadow the building! lol
have a great wekend!

Joops said...

Good thing, we have a wife that love to take pictures. Ms. Patti did a great job on this shot, it looks like a painting.

Sammy said...

Wonderful shdadow! It does indeed seem to be taking over the opposite building :-)

Have a great week

chubskulit said...

Wow, what an historical structure. Great shot!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Nice picture Miss Patti!
Ralph, you should get a mount for your camera, just in case Patti isn't with you- on second thought, Patti is better company than a camera hanging outside of your window :)
How fortunate of Hartford to have this sculpture - it's fantastic!`

Hey Harriet said...

So many things of interest are a mere blur to people hurrying to and from work. I'm glad you noticed and shared this stunning sculpture with us! Hope you have a wonderful week Ralph!

Sam said...

What a super handsome statue this is! I love it against the architecture behind it. A very fine shot to my mind. Great team work.

That statue sounds pretty significant too if they have it up outside the Louvre. All the best to you and yours Ralph for the week ahead.

Sarah said...

Hi Ralph,
You too have a historical shadow shot so we have swapped knowledge! You are right, blogging is great for finding out about things you may not have thought about. I love your photo with the pinkish golden light on the building behind. Well done Patti and you-good shadow searching teamwork! I liked the story of the artist getting impatient and adding a turtle to his statue to represent bureaucratic slowness-very funny!

Quilt Works said...

I always enjoy visiting here - you write so well! I love the shot, the shadows made the stature an outline which makes it very effective!

Well done, my friend!

Quiltworks

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

patti is a good photographer - you must have trained her well.

sarayutouched said...

great team efforts guys!!! have a great week!!!

fredamans said...

Beautiful shadows, making me wonder what the caster looks like.

lynda howells said...

lucky to have such a good passenger and photographer at your beck and call!Hax happy sunday!
lynda