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Ghost of the Provost, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 2004
27-AUG-2004

Ghost of the Provost, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 2004

On the surface, this looks like a very familiar cliché. It is, after all, just picture of a statue of a long dead authority figure seated before his old domain. However we must evaluate an image based on what it says, not what it shows. And the more we look at this photo, the more it speaks to us. The ghostly grey color of this man of marble, contrasted to the austere brown building that soars behind him, suggests that we are looking a ghost. And that is why I made this picture. Ghosts are spirits from the past. I am sure the 19th century Irish academicians who placed the Provost before this building did not have ghosts on their mind. Yet by my choice of angle, the flat nature of the light, the grey coloration I have chosen to bring to the marble, I have created a story-telling image suggesting that his spirit may still roam the haunted halls of this old school.

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Phil Douglis03-Jan-2005 03:00
You are dead right, Nut. (Excuse the pun.) You are looking at a ghost. That is what I saw in my viewfinder because of the color of this marble and flat gray color of this light. A few minutes earlier, the sun had been shining on this statue. No ghost at all --just a lovely old statue. I just love your phrase "he is coming with his flying chair." And yes, I chose a vantage point that makes it seem as if he gets up out of this chair and goes into that building at night to walk its halls. It scares me just thinking about it. And that is what I wanted to do with this image. Scare Nut.
Thanks for being the first to ever comment on this picture.
nut 02-Jan-2005 12:57
This is scaring me. It's something like I am looking at this building without him before then a few minute later...he is coming with his flying chair. Gap between foreground and background and the this angle told me that he is here, somewhere in this building.
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