jaybate's Gallery of College Basketball Paintography
Photo by Nick Krug/Paintograph
Copy and paste the link:
That's funny. You need to incorporate some comic book hero's into the next round of photo's. Like Thor and his hammer. You know throwing the hammer down?
Good idea, jayhawkin'. Actually I was thinking about doing some more with mythical figures, but it all depends on what kind of forms Nick gets in his pictures, and how I respond. I hadn't thought of Thor, so stay tuned. It might happen.
In this picture, I was responding to the beauty of Nick's image of these young men playing the game inside this remarkable domed arena. Something about the color of the dome and the images of the players triggered my recollection of Botticelli's Birth of Venus I once saw in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. It took my breath away when I saw it the first time 20 years ago. I love the game. I love that painting. I love Nick's picture. Something about the picture seemed like an inversion of the form of Birth of Venus. The sea shell was the dome on top and instead of a beautiful young maiden in the cup of the seashell underneath, the young players were under cover of a vast seashell like dome. So my imagination called out to overlay them and see if they visually balanced some how. There is a lot of symbolic stuff going on in Birth of Venus that there is no need to bore you with here, but something about the youth of the players and the youth of the girl, on the one hand, and the sea shell and the arena dome forming a top and bottom, in the midst of the tempest of Florentine renaissance forces blowing wind on the girl, plus the cheering of the fans in an arena combined in my mind in a kind of counter balancing, equilibrium on a vertical axis. But the lower right of the frame was too empty and lacked enough weight as I played with it. So: then my sense of humor kicked in as counter point to this dramatic equilibrium. For some reason my real feeling toward Nick's picture was not only a combination of beauty, and awe of the grandeur of the moment, but also the ever present irony of our fragmented history of such things. So: I introduced the Venus de Milo to give the image both more balance and more historical legacy, which is just a personal preference of mine.
Frankly, I have a feeling you should try one of these things.
Anyway, glad you got a kick out of it and thanks as always for stopping into the gallery.
I have to know, what do you do for a living?
My apologies, jayhawkin', but one of my rules online is I don't go into the personal day-to-day. I have done several things. I do several things. I will do several things.
C'mon Jaybate. Time to come clean. What the heck do you do for money?
Commenting has been disabled for this item.
5 comments from
Contents of this site are © Copyright 2013 by The World Company.
Site feedback /
About us /
Contact Us /
DMCA Notice /
Forgotten your password?