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10-JUN-2005

Silver sculpture, Place du Grand Sablon Antiques Market, Brussels, Belgium, 2005

Each weekend a large antiques market is held in Brussels' Place du Grand Sablon, a square on the side of the hill between the upper and lower halves of the city. Among the antiques on display was this sculptured silver head, which, along with the urn behind it, caught my eye because of how the light is reflecting off of it. I created this image to demonstrate how reflected light alters the subject and makes it incongruous. The head appears to us almost in liquid form giving the illusion of transparency. I want my viewers to see more than a silver object. I want the image to go beyond description, and activate the imaginations of those may see it.

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Phil Douglis02-Jul-2005 19:48
Yes, I was trying to paint with light here Kal. I shot this from many different positions, and each time the reflections changed. I also had to consider the background, and very carefully played with light and shadow in the area where the profile meets the urn behind it, to make sure that no background reflection would merge with the foreground figure.
Kal Khogali02-Jul-2005 13:42
Painting with light again, Phil, you do it so well, she is almost melting! I love that market and I love this image. You have achieved a very clear deperate pleading look in this statue's face, emphasised by the dark moody shadows. The Sablon is a very gothic place, full of mood, and so is this image full of mood.
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