E.J.Wilkins

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Pena Palace, Sintra

Another shot from the Pena Palace at Sintra in Portugal. Taken on the same bright sunny day as the others.

This feature is above an archway leading from one courtyard to another.

I think it's meant to represent a sea god, perhaps somebody will know for sure. Beneath the statue are barnacles and shells, above the horizontal carving there are trees, leaves and fruit.

I did try this in black and white, but somehow it didn't seem to work so well. I know the window is too bright.


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Pena Palace, Sintra

Another shot from the Pena Palace at Sintra in Portugal. Taken on the same bright sunny day as the others.

This feature is above an archway leading from one courtyard to another.

I think it's meant to represent a sea god, perhaps somebody will know for sure. Beneath the statue are barnacles and shells, above the horizontal carving there are trees, leaves and fruit.

I did try this in black and white, but somehow it didn't seem to work so well. I know the window is too bright.


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comments (14)

  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 14 Nov 2006, 02:08
You have some great shots of your travels. My sister was in spain and took great photos of the gaudi there.. i think i like this better. its scary, beautiful, deep, historical and over-the-top.

did it have any signs? you have a ncie photo here Ellie.
EJWilkins: Hi Sorcha, no there weren't any signs of any sort, and we were too mean to buy a proper guide book, although I don't think it would have helped us much. It's a strange sort of carving, as you say rather scary as well as beautiful and OTT ... but that's the same with the whole palace.
Very impressive shot.
EJWilkins: smile Thanks Dotun
Hi Ellie !! That's a real nice and complicated sculpture. Don't worry with the window... it's ok for me !
EJWilkins: Hi Florence, it's an amazingly complicated piece of work. It made me wonder what would have happened if the artist had made a mistake with his chisel!
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 14 Nov 2006, 06:52
Great photograph of such a strange mixture of elements that I don't quite know which feeling to give in to. It's all at once delicate and feminine and then intense, dark and masculine. What an overwhelming Neptunian creature this is. My friend, Nancy, is a master stonecarver.
I will have to show her this work. Thank you for sharing this.
EJWilkins: Hi Suzanne. Thanks, I hope your friend is interested in this sculpture. smile I have one or two other shots of it, they aren't particularly good but if she'd like to see them please let me know.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 14 Nov 2006, 06:56
Quite an intyeresting shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Etomi smile
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Nov 2006, 09:17
That carving is amazing, good shot Ellie. Mal
EJWilkins: Thanks for visiting Mal, glad you like the carving. smile
  • Paul
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Nov 2006, 11:12
a very powerful carving Ellie and it makes a great picture
EJWilkins: Thanks Paul smile
  • Sidak
  • India
  • 14 Nov 2006, 14:13
wonderful shot,

the structure itself dominates the shot and it gives it a ver mythological field.

ps : how come your not visiting??
EJWilkins: Thanks Sidak, it is an incredible piece of work that totally dominates the archway.
Sorry, it would be lovely to spend all day, every day here smile I've also been having problems staying online ... will do my best
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 14 Nov 2006, 16:44
It just amazes me that there are artists who can think these things up and then carve them! I particularly like that there are plants growing out of the masterpeice, and that your pic included them. I'm guessing they get watered by the rain alone?!

And HA! Don't worry about the window being too bright. It's the carving I'm drawn to, so it doesn't matter to me smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Ginnie, it's quite an imaginative piece of work isn't it? The plants wouldn't get much rain water during the summer months, although the Sintra hills are quite damp compared to other nearby areas, we saw low cloud there every evening during our stay.
Hiya Ellie. This carving looks like it should belong on a Japanese temple, it really is amazing. Super shot, very well done. Regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: Hi Neil, it doesn't 'look' European does it? I wonder about either the oriental or Moorish influence at work?
  • rabby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Nov 2006, 22:41
sublime mason craft and a very thought inducing image altogether Ellie. good work!
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Nov 2006, 23:43
The lower half of this shot is best for me Ellie, still a nice capture smile
  • Shanti
  • Switzerland
  • 15 Nov 2006, 16:46
Hey Ellie, what an amazing photo! At first I thought he was a Green Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_man) because of the branches and oak leaves, and then was confused by the sea associations... he seems to be a mix of both Green Man and Triton (http://www.answers.com/topic/triton-mythology), and both have associations to re-birth or renewal. This mytho-mix would almost make sense, given the mixture of architectural styles used in this 19th century palace.

I agree, the window is a little distracting. I would be tempted to crop tightly, cutting the window out entirely and focus in on the mythical being. He's really quite intense! Good sharp image and nice tones. Maybe the B&W would work better without the window, although I really like the tones and bit of green in this color shot.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Nov 2006, 21:34
Most amazing bay window I have ever seen. Extremely detailed carving, plastering or whatever. Who that guy is - looks like a god with seafarer's feet and vintners head - nah someone else will know. Touch the window up in editing and then go B&W or maybe sepia.

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