6 Apr 2012

DARK ANGEL

While meandering through city parklands looking for something suitable to photograph, I saw this marble memorial in the distance with what appeared to be a life-sized statue adjacent. As I got closer it became apparent that it was no ordinary figure - it was a magnificently sculptured bronze angel bearing a palm branch and standing on the steps. The building itself did not seem imposing and the sculpture, although the main feature to my way of thinking, seemed like a most effective afterthought. It was a dull day so I returned another time when the light was better and shot it handheld from different angles. That’s my hat on the steps and was deliberately placed to counterbalance the composition and add a visual distraction to the strong presence of the main subject - what I now refer to as my ‘Dark Angel’. Some post editing was done to cause a slight colour shift and some vignetting added (it is not hdr tone-mapped). The monument is in Angus Gardens, Adelaide – South Australia, was erected in 1915 and attributed to WR Cotton. It is dedicated to George Fife Angus and John Howard Angus, pioneers, pastoralists and philanthropists. [link]