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October Country

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 2 March 2009 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

One of my favorite writers of all time is Ray Bradbury. Among his prolific writings is an anthology of creepy, off-center short stories called "The October Country." This garden statue at Ringling could look like one of the many unusual circus side show attractions; it brings "The October Country" to mind. Just a little taste of that flavor...

"The Dwarf looked up at her, resembling nothing more than a dark-eyed, dark-haired, ugly man who has been locked in a winepress, squeezed and wadded down and down, fold on fold, agony on agony, until a bleached, outraged mass is left, the face bloated shapelessly, a face you know must stare wide-eyed and awake at two and three and four o'clock in the morning, lying flat in bed, only the body asleep." (Ray Bradbury)

NIKON D80 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 1250 68 mm

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

her head looks a bit too big for her body and she has a ferocious look.But i couldnt figure what was in her hands.

2 Mar 2009 5:19am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

My goodness, Glenn, well shot.

2 Mar 2009 5:59am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

I can see why Bradbury came to mind re: this statue, and at 2:15 here am I ... only fingers and head awake! :D

2 Mar 2009 7:16am

JTF from Zaanstad, Netherlands

Impressive shot...

Thank you so much for your comment about the loss of my cat, he was really a great friend, miss him terribly...

2 Mar 2009 10:25am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

It is almost 8:00 am Monday morning. For some reason my site is not allowing me to reply to any comments made so far today. I want you to know I appreciate your coming here and leaving a message, and have notified the powers that be, asking them for help in de-bugging this problem. Am hoping to hear soon that the problem is resolved.

2 Mar 2009 12:59pm

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Ooo! that is one creepy statue, even more so when you read the accompanying text.

2 Mar 2009 12:59pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

It is a creepy little thing, isn't it? I like all of your recent B&W's - you've been hard at work while I was away.

2 Mar 2009 1:33pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Hey Vf this guy is scary, well done, and I'm having the same problems with responding to individual comments ;) and I already contacted Jason

2 Mar 2009 2:51pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

that is a creepy statue.....great shot and mood in b&w.
I was also not able to reply to comments from the image page, but found that I could if I went into the comments page and replied from there - hopefully the smart guys that run this site will figure it out soon....

2 Mar 2009 3:47pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

It is kind of a creepy looking statue. Nicely composed.

2 Mar 2009 4:44pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

There seems to be a fierce look in his face!

2 Mar 2009 4:48pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

It is 2:05 PM and I am at my office computer. I am also not being allowed to respond to your comments from here, just like at home. But am still hopeful that Jason and the computer wizards at Am3 will identify and correct this problem very soon. Otherwise, to all of you who stopped by since my previous note, "THANKS!" I appreciate you all.

2 Mar 2009 7:07pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I love the composition here and processing it in B & W really highlights the details and lighting. Good framing.

2 Mar 2009 7:15pm

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

I've got to the stage in life where many of these grotesques remind me of people I have worked with . . and I haven't even tried the circus, yet !

2 Mar 2009 11:27pm

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

My first thought seeing the thumbnail in my blog watch was Quasimoto... Love the pov on this, VF!! Very sinister.

3 Mar 2009 4:16am

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

I like Bradbury but have not read that story - will have to check it out
this little statue looks like a seriously creepy guy - your tones and perspective add to the mood

4 Mar 2009 10:40am

1/200 second
ISO 1250
68 mm