Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Guardians of New Hope




The top and bottom statues where on a roof near the flower pot from the previous Weekend Reflections post. There were hundreds of other garden statues around the place too. They were amongst all sorts of rusty outdoor antiques. I only had my 50mm lens and I was glad to find so many interesting subjects to photograph.
Well, the rules said to be creative and it could be any face, so here are some stone faces for Sistertex's "Face of the Week" meme. You can see more faces here.

40 comments:

Thom said...

I'm si glad you are doing this. What great photos. Sorta grouchy looking but so cool. Real nice. :)

Sistertex said...

James, these are spectacular faces! Thank you so much! The bottom one looks a bit on edge...sleeping with one eye open.

I really appreciate your taking part.

mbkatc230 said...

Oh boy, I love these! The top one is my favorite. I bet these could give you a start at dusk! Kathy

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee
«Louis» thought for a moment there that he had stumbled upon an image of his former father-in-law...

Dimple said...

I see a theme here--hands on something, chin on hands...bored, bored, bored! I mean the characters in the photos of course, not the photos themselves!

Evelyn Howard said...

Great faces.

Sunny said...

I love the expressions. They reminded me of some of the meetings I used to attend at work!
Sunny :)

Olivier said...

très belle série, et j'aime beaucoup le focus sur la deuxieme

Malyss said...

Strange creatures, waiting for someone to awake them...in a way, you did it!

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour James!
Did you stay up late visiting blogs' friends? I ask because when I published my post (early morning today) I was taking my breakfast here (before 8am) and soon after, you were the first to comment!:)
Thanks so much for your kind words, I'm enchanted here , I liked a lot that link, thanks for the clue!I'm learning so much about photography with you.
These pictures are wonderful, they look like little leprechauns!I also liked so much the soft red like a detail colour and that lady looks so sad or those guardians are there just to protect her!?Who knows!
Léia :)

VP said...

A curious place and some grotesque figures, excellent work with 50mm lens!

Bibi said...

I heard NYC is the US city with the most gargoyles. I love gargoyles, chimeras, 'mascarons,' or whatever, and photograph them whenever I can, which isn't often, since there are none in Belgrade except this one.

Ha, ha.

jabblog said...

Fabulous shots! I don't think I'd like Sneery and Grumpy from your second shot in my garden, though.

Woody said...

Very cool, James!! These are great.

I picked up the same 50mm lens last week. I haven't had much time to play yet.

Hilda said...

They don't quite inspire hope, do they? Love their expressions! ;)

ρομπερτ said...

Glad you caught them asleep.

Please have a nice Wednesday.

Pam said...

These are wonderful shots, James. They are definitely faces with character...or are they characters with faces :)

Clytie said...

How very precious! Lots of character in these faces. Wonderful!

Thérèse said...

Fascinating!
I would love to be able to stay in this position for a day!
I would have a hard time choosing the one I like the most.
Exellent job with a 50mm.

Stickup Artist said...

Magnifico! I love the rust red juxtaposed with the grays of number 2 with their eternally thoughtful posses. Very unique and original choices for the category!

Cheryl said...

These make me think of what my husband looks like when I shop for hours! Great shots.

m_m said...

Lovely! They look so funny and sweet:)

Jientje said...

That last one looks as if he's listening in on a conversation!!

Marka said...

Those are quite some interesting garden gnomes.

Ebie said...

I love the grin of the top image! I think he wanted to impart something.

James, thanks for the comments on my photography. There are countless of opportunities to hone my skills here in our area.

I am going to check out Sistertex meme.

Ann said...

Why are they so sad? Is it because it is freezing up there? LOL

Lucy Corrander said...

Well I know that top expression.

Lucy

Grace Olsson said...

James,

sometimes, I have the impression taht the sculptures are saying to me...great shot
congrats
graceolsson.com/blog

ruma2008 said...

All faces do it lively.
A human lovesick figure is expressed well.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Love the gargoyles! And all the faces you see. Thanks for the mm info, too.

Carolyn Ford said...

I found this meme on your blog and am excited to participate. I like your creative faces! I especially like your focus...interesting characters, no doubt.

Matty said...

I like how they all look so interested in their job. I feel so safe knowing they are on guard.

Lily Hydrangea said...

These guys are great!

Lew said...

Interesting creatures, but they look a little bored with their job! Or were they just camera shy?

eileeninmd said...

James, fantastic photos and statues. I love them all.

Crafty Green Poet said...

those are wonderful statues and beautifully photographed too!

Louise said...

I just love number 3. I have to say I feel like that sometimes after a hard day as UN Peacekeeper to two under-6s! I like the background stripes - they really add something.

Laurie said...

I've seen these many times. Love the images.

Life with Kaishon said...

Beautiful. They guard it well.

Renee said...

These are fun and impish. Nice work here again :)