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Field for Somerset

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 21 November 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Created in response to Anthony Gormley's 1993 Field for the British Isles for Somerset Art Weeks. This sculpture was made by visitors to Barrington Court who had viewed Gormley's work, The volunteers were given air drying terracotta clay by members of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, and followed the same instructions given to those who made the original work in St Helens, Merseyside. There are approximately 1500 individual models set out in this stable block.

This weeks monochrome effort, let me know what you think good or bad I don't mind and can only grow from your critique.

Canon EOS 500D 1/125 second F/9.0 ISO 100 18 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

Wow! So many statues!

21 Nov 2012 5:05am

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

So unexpected when I clicked on...lol.
Very appropriate for mono and I like how they disappear from the light into the darkness. A totally unique image!!!

21 Nov 2012 5:23am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Monochrome is fine way to tell of things. The color image is in a way laziness, since it is easier to explain the same. Monochrome requires more planning.

21 Nov 2012 5:24am

Ann from Nelson, New Zealand

wow, what a powerful and erie image, Doug!

21 Nov 2012 5:25am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Awesome! Black and white works for me... because it helps to show off the similarities and differences in each figure... (that made more sense as a thought in my head). Anyway... Like!

21 Nov 2012 5:51am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

On dirait des bébé fantôme quelle compo sueprbe cpatage.

21 Nov 2012 6:44am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The shadowed setting makes them seem to be waiting for something to happen . . adds so much to the effect of their being. I'd not known about this before - seems a great idea.

21 Nov 2012 7:04am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Brilliant idea, I didn't know about this either, the B&W shows them off perfectly

21 Nov 2012 7:20am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

A beautiful black and white and the lighting is superb. A very good idea these creations, the return of ET and his friends. Great shot.

21 Nov 2012 8:03am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!

21 Nov 2012 8:33am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

This is just wonderful and looks great in b&w.

21 Nov 2012 8:36am

Alan44 from Saint Nazaire, France

Drôles de personnages.Jolie composition.

21 Nov 2012 8:37am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Mutant meerkats ...........great find Doug.

21 Nov 2012 8:49am

Spike from Bristol, United Kingdom

The emporer Qin Shi Huang got warriors; in Somerset, they got ETs :-)

It's an interesting scene. A couple of thoughts to experiment with... The dark band along the top acts as a boundary; without it, there might be more of a sense of the sculptures going off into the distance (forever?). Tweaking with the contrast and/or sharpness from front to back might also help enforce that.

You might like to have a look at Craft&Vision's collection of e-books; there's some cracking stuff in there, including some very good ones about B&W by Andrew Gibson and Piet van den Eynde. And they're half price (ie, US$ 2.50 - incredible) this week.

21 Nov 2012 9:00am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales Boy), Germany

Looks like an endless room filled with strange Meerkats !! nicely done.

21 Nov 2012 9:05am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent art work.. especially when the visitors can get involve. I would have liked a bit more contrast between the light and shadow.

21 Nov 2012 9:24am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - quite an eerie image - excellent treatment in b&w.

21 Nov 2012 10:11am

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

OMG I love this, I have spent too long staring at this photo already this morning, can i still go and see this?

21 Nov 2012 10:27am

@Kate: I think it might still be there for a while longer

Devi from Chennai, India

Loved this B & W Spooky with different expressions and very loveable :-))))))))))))))

21 Nov 2012 10:48am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

One of Gormley's most effective ideas I think. I note that ET is amongst the cast here :)

21 Nov 2012 11:25am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Fantastic and unique : both the sculpture installation and your shot !

21 Nov 2012 12:59pm

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Eerie sculpture, Doug ! Very unexpected !
As for foto - more light, more contrast I would add here !

21 Nov 2012 12:59pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Strange sculptures!

21 Nov 2012 1:12pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Et bien moi je l'aime beaucoup en B&W cela lui donne vraiment un air inquiétant!!! Bravo!

21 Nov 2012 2:38pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Looks like an invasion of extra terrestrials Doug! Well seen and captured! ;-)

21 Nov 2012 2:39pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Strange characters here! It's a cool shot. I might try increasing the contrast a bit.

21 Nov 2012 3:27pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

What a awesome image. well seen. cool shot !

21 Nov 2012 3:32pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

For a minute there I thought they were Bath RFC supporters, but then I noticed they all had "two eyes", and one had a pair of glasses ( He must be a Referee)..Cracking shot by the way. ;>))

21 Nov 2012 3:58pm

@Jeff: OK that really had me laughing out loud, but there's far more of us and even in monochrome the blue, black and white would burn through :-)) . Thanks Jeff

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I think monochrome is an excellent idea for this shot. It highlights the patterns and shapes between them.

21 Nov 2012 3:59pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Yes, Beautiful monochrome, indeed, Doug! I love the fade to darkness here as if they go on forever....Being as we are approachiing the US Thanksgiving holiday here, I also tend to think of the phrase "Guess Who's Cominjg to Dinner?" Great shot sir - REALLY sorry I have missed you so teribly much but thanks very much for your kindness and great comments :-) All the Best! Denny

21 Nov 2012 4:31pm

Don from Spokane, United States

An amazing picture of these models! WOW.

21 Nov 2012 4:32pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Vraiment étonnantes ces sculptures, de l'art naïf. Superbe cette prise de vue. ***** Bonne soirée.

21 Nov 2012 5:35pm

|\Mohammad/| from Tehran, Iran

Very nice photo.
Gormley is my very favorite artist. I love surrealism art.

21 Nov 2012 5:46pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I understand that a reinstallation of small terracotta ones ... You've done a picture ... If so I think you should look for a more effective POV ... maybe wake up ground ... Perhaps stung ... should think and do you think it was the sight of the work! Best regards, Adela

21 Nov 2012 6:03pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

So very interesting and intriguing ~ fantastic b/w photo too!

21 Nov 2012 6:37pm

Ruthiebear from Tituhsville, NJ, United States

I think the B&W suits this perfectly. I love the concept and each piece of art is as individual as the artist who made it.

21 Nov 2012 6:43pm

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Very funny! work child to kindergarten!

21 Nov 2012 7:15pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

ha ha - great idea

21 Nov 2012 8:43pm

B.Sully from Surf City, United States

I love how the light centers your photo, such interesting sculptures. I definitely spot E.T., a ninja turtle, and one of those teletubbies in there... the list could go on! :)

21 Nov 2012 8:48pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

what a great find and capture...I too thought of our friendly insurance meerkats!):_

21 Nov 2012 9:19pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

How cool are they, nice one

21 Nov 2012 10:14pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Wow the effect is awesome, I'm intrigued by them

21 Nov 2012 10:15pm

Dan from Quartz Hill, United States

Luv y Doug

22 Nov 2012 12:19am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful capture and lighting

22 Nov 2012 12:30am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! That is amazing! Sort of strange and they are all looking at us! Wonderful b&w!

22 Nov 2012 1:30am

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Looks almost like an alien invasion ... Great monochrome shot !!!

22 Nov 2012 2:55am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

My first thought was that this could be a cartoon version of the Terra Cotta Warriors in China. Very cool.

22 Nov 2012 3:35am

Carol from Leamington, Canada

That is so cool.... what a novel idea!! A great way to be involved.... it works well in b/w too, I enjoyed!!

22 Nov 2012 3:50am

Sophie from Fournets Luisans, France

Superbe !

22 Nov 2012 4:14am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'm viewing this on my laptop and the tonal range and contrast look just fine.

22 Nov 2012 9:17am

Abena from Illinois, United States

Oh my, I don't know why this just creeps me out! Maybe their eye hollows. But I like the image a lot! And it works very well in b&w!

23 Nov 2012 3:32am

Canon EOS 500D
1/125 second
ISO 100
18 mm