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Traveli' Light - Alison Saar

Traveli' Light - Alison Saar
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Copyright: Fran King (sugah_bear69) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 600 W: 62 N: 1227] (4362)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-11
Categories: Artwork
Camera: Canon PowerShot A70, Canon Zoom Lens 3X 5.4-16.2mm 1.2 8-4.8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Sculptures: statuary and ornamental, Sculptures in the Open, Sidney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-12 16:44
Viewed: 4360
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Alison Saar was born in 1956 and grew up in Laurel Canyon, California. She sees her upbringing as rural and her understanding and love of nature are rooted in that experience. The daughter of famed African-American artist and educator Bettye Saar, Alison grew up surrounded by the special challenges facing women artists and people of color.

Alisonís fascination with vernacular folk art and the visionary artistís ability to build an oasis of beauty from cast-off objects had a profound and lasting influence on her. At Scripps College, Saar studied with Dr. Samella Lewis, a noted scholar in the field of African and Caribbean art. Having taken more art history courses than studio classes, she graduated with a thesis on Southern African American Folk Art. Saar did graduate work at Otis-Parsons Institute.

Traveliní Light presents a formally dressed man, hanging by his bare feet, a powerful but dignified reference to torture and abandonment. Saar has made the figure into a bell. When the chain on its back is pulled, a sonorous sound is heard, ringing for all victims of violence and terror.

There is a photo in the workshop for perspective.

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Sidney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden Photos

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Hello Fran
F 5/6 and 1/640 speed created an unusual photo with an intresting story! TFS

Hi Fran.

Interesting... Interesting indeed.

Well done.

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  • Andys Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 118 W: 19 N: 72] (1119)
  • [2006-03-12 18:12]
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This is a very symbolic site, which portrays very well the idea of torture, sacfifice and human cruelty, you have captured the feelings and emotions of this location very well indeed. I love he angle you have shot the frame at giving the 3 dimentional look.
Timeless shot.
Powerful and nice.

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2006-03-12 22:05]
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This is a very powerful sculpture! Well photographed! Very good composition! And the grey sky adds a lot of emotion to this picture! Well done! Michel

A grisly sight at first, when unexpected. Takes the note to make it acceptable to such a tender and impressionable young thing as myself.
Is that Spanish Moss? (as opposed to Kate Moss)
After a few minutes, the scene becomes much more meaningful, especially when the peaceful background is taken into consideration.
I hate white frames.
I'll go away now but DO call on me again and give me an excuse to repay the visit?

Hi Fran,
very beautiful and powerful photo to present us this story. Very well done.

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  • sufi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 580 W: 7 N: 106] (1336)
  • [2006-03-13 9:34]
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Hi Fran...
It's a wonderful composition and great shot...
Perfect colors and perspective...
Keep well..

Bonjour Fran
A very strong image, excellent notes quite helpfull. Hope to see more, very nice work. Thank you.

Interesting sculptures you have in your parks Fran. Great notes without them I wouldn't have had a clue who Alison was. Dramatic, strong and yet a certain softness achieved with the PP work. TFS and hugssssss
PS Many thanks for your comment on Pano I

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2006-03-13 17:16]
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Well seen Fran, very interresting picture and very good note. Good work. Thanks.


great note Fran I am sending you a workshop, see what you think a very intersting sculpture.

Great photo with a very good note, kinda goes with my submission today (Koketso).

When I saw the image it immediatelly reminded me of the 12 apostles/ disciples of Jesus. All but John were crucified, but they insisted on being crucified upside down, they felt they weren't worthy of dying the same way as their Master.

Thanx for the note


I like it soo much, I like the subject, I like the shot,very good lightness and the colors are very good.

Not an usual way to show a statue! It change radically the usual perspective! Good symbolism.

Poor man, hanging by his bare feet this way. His pockets emptied at this point of any spare change he might carry!
I always love the descriptions that accompany your images filled with interesting facts.



  • Fortuna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 3811 W: 2520 N: 16] (72)
  • [2010-03-20 8:34]

Hi Fran,

Another excellent job with a very beautiful sculpture.
Beautiful view, excellent lighting and nice frame.
Congratulations and TFS

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