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Thar she blows

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 25 September 2013 in Architecture.

This whole sequence of shots is about a trip in the Yeovil, Lyme Regis Bridport area. Mrs E, Betty the Dog and I wandered around various beaches and National Trust Houses
This is at Forde Abbey
Now, as you all know, I really don't have much appreciation for art, but suddenly, everywhere we went, there were massive paintings, sculptures and other fine art exhibitions.
I looked at them for the first time, and , as you might expect from an untutored eye, saw some oddness
There was lots of erotica!
The odd thing was that there seemed to be an "Acceptable formula". Ladies could display 1 breast, but not two, men could be completely nude, all bar their penis,(Didn't people have public hair back then?)
But the one that blew me away was that it was perfectly OK to depict sex between animals and humans, but not between two humans
Here we have a statue of Leda being raped by a Swan Inside the house was a truly graphic, bordering on pornographic, painting depicting the same scene

OLYMPUS E-P5 1/640 second F/7.1 ISO 800 280 mm (35mm equiv.)

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Fabulous colors and light on this beautiful image !

25 Sep 2013 6:28am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I guess these were all made in the pre-Marquis of Bath era?

25 Sep 2013 6:52am

@Curly: Ooh! Do tell more!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Poor old Leda.........

25 Sep 2013 7:47am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendide sculpture, la lumière est magnifique et le rendu avec l'eau est superbe. Bonne journée.

25 Sep 2013 8:01am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium


25 Sep 2013 9:03am

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Hmm, interesting statue... Great shot.

25 Sep 2013 9:06am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Ah but it's classical mythology so it's OK, Just don't try doing it at home :)

25 Sep 2013 10:01am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Great shot, but to me an ugly statue just as well everyone has different taste !

25 Sep 2013 10:16am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld (Old West Wales Boy), Germany

Sounds like one heck of a trip,nice compo here..

25 Sep 2013 11:38am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

What do you expect when you go swimming or is it bathing in the nude around a bunch of horny birds?

25 Sep 2013 12:19pm

jean pierre from paris, France

mademoiselle prend sa douche!!! lumière et couleurs extra!! amitiés

25 Sep 2013 1:21pm

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Beautifully composed and balanced. Just a cracking shot

25 Sep 2013 1:49pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Great capture of this odd sculpture. I like the spouting water.

25 Sep 2013 2:25pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Very interesting comment about the "norms" in this culture with a fine statue shot to accompany it. Well done.

25 Sep 2013 3:01pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Some people in the past had very odd ideas, now she looks like a fine sculpture, but the swan?

25 Sep 2013 3:23pm

franz from Baden, Austria

that's why "art is free" ... ;-)
love your use of light and backlight here !!!

25 Sep 2013 6:57pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, very well taken, lovely bright image

25 Sep 2013 7:26pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

No, no, no.
You have it all wrong.
In the days before the cotton industry evolved to be he envy of the western world...before we had towels and towelling wardrobes...there was a time when stepping out of the shower meant that if the doorbell sounded and you had to cover yourself -or- you had to get simply reached for the nearest swan!):-

25 Sep 2013 8:27pm

@Ted: Of course, silly me, now you've explained it I also understand what the picture of the nude man with the sheep was all about!!!!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

"He is known for his colourful style of dress which originated from a period as an art student in Paris during the 1950s, and is a prolific amateur painter who has decorated rooms of his home with erotic scenes from the Kama Sutra among other sources of inspiration"

From, Wikipedia.

25 Sep 2013 8:41pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I really am not 'nik-picking' ... I'm smiling at the lack of "public hair". ;D

25 Sep 2013 9:36pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


25 Sep 2013 10:44pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
so beautiful composition, colors & lights!
A M A Z I N G !

25 Sep 2013 10:51pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I loved your narrative! Made me laugh out loud! That swan means business. Poor Leda!

25 Sep 2013 11:44pm

l'angevine from Angers, France

intéressant bain

26 Sep 2013 8:04am

1/640 second
ISO 800
280 mm (35mm equiv.)