Privilege and Pears

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La Belle Assemblee
being a curious collection of some very remarkable incidents which happen'd to persons of the first quality in France.
By Madame de Gomez
Chapter One - The Seventh Day.
Basically about the activities and relationships of the aristocracy and wealthy high society people in France. Published in 1749 ( Vol 2). I managed to buy this book on Ebay and thought that it was a good starting point for a still life. The image is very much about the calm before the storm – a period of time where the aristocracy and entrenched systems of privileges ruled supreme while the population was saddled with high taxes. To illustrate this a silver spoon is being used as a bookmark whilst the pear is symbolic of wealth and gluttony, especially a very large one! Politically controversial poems were circulating in Paris at this time- an interesting contrast to La Belle Assemblee. These tiny seeds of discontent may have been the very beginnings of the revolution that led to the storming of the Bastille some forty years later. I suppose the Internet and mobile phones have taken over such revolutionary duties………………………
31/01/2011 - 19:18Gary Hickin
CategoryStill Life
Shutter Speed3 sec
Focal Length35mm


Link Posted 31/01/2011 - 19:43
Love the very old antique type feel to this.
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Link Posted 31/01/2011 - 20:47
Super construction and lighting!
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Link Posted 31/01/2011 - 22:37
Beautiful composition and camera work.
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Link Posted 01/02/2011 - 04:49
Wondeful shot. I like its lights, colours and the arrangement of objects. I almost feel the smell of the old book. Well done.
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Link Posted 01/02/2011 - 08:03
Wonderful shot and style.


Link Posted 01/02/2011 - 10:01
This image is not just about 'the shot', but more the feeling, the story that you're trying to portray. You've told the story here, not just taken a snapshot of some hastily prepared props. I like this, and the back-story. Well done.
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Link Posted 01/02/2011 - 10:33
Annoyingly good
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Link Posted 01/02/2011 - 13:34
I think S-J summed it up nicely, and I certainly agree with Tim!

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Link Posted 01/02/2011 - 19:07
Another great image and I agree with all the above comments Regards Peter


Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 08:52
Great light and exposure - as has been said it has a wonderful feel to it. Excellent.
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Link Posted 08/02/2011 - 00:58
Many thanks for all your generous comments, as always they are most appreciated. Cheers, Gary
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