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  #225 Gold/Golden
Entry 7 of 21
   
 
Tuskegee Airmen       ©2019 SteveBee
Panasonic DC-G9       7th place, 91 points
1/80s, f1.7, ISO 400, 50mm, Normal Program, Center Weighted Average, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Developed from raw with standard global adjustments to exposuare, contrast, highlights, shadows, etc. Background color changed to sky blue to complement the gold of the statue.       Extra Info: Artist Michael Richards created “Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian” in 1999 to commemorate the experience of the Tuskegee Airmen. Small aircraft, signifying the arrows shot at martyr St. Sebastian, penetrate the gold-plated Airman in homage to the intolerance and unfairness they suffered. The sculpture was cast from the artist’s own body. Richards’ portfolio of work had challenged oppression and addressed issues of social injustice, and was deeply inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen. 

In an ultimate irony, Richards life was tragically cut short when terrorists crashed airplanes into Tower One of the World Trade Center tower on September 11, 2001 while he was working in his studio on the 92nd floor. “Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian” was feared lost in the attack, but was fortunately found at the home of a relative after his death.
 
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zealous
Dec 23, 2019
    Where is this statue located?

zealous
Dec 20, 2019
    WOW! This is absolutely AWESOME! Rich and distinct!

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ysal
Dec 16, 2019
    I had never seen this statue but what a striking piece of art. The Extra Info is also remarkable. Well shot.

Maike13
Dec 16, 2019
    Wow. What fascinating Extra Info. Thanks for sharing that. This suits the theme perfectly, and make a very striking entry.

SteveBee
Dec 15, 2019
    aoc46: Didn't remove the background, but I did change the color because I thought it complemented the gold better. The sculpture was cast from the artist's own body so the scale is life-size. You can read an interpretation of the Tar Baby connection here: http://caitboo.com/tar-baby-vs-st-sebastian/

Lo
Dec 14, 2019
    What an excellent shot. The composition and the detail are superb. I really enjoyed the extra information and was curious enough to look up the Tuskagee Airmen on the internet.

jomari
Dec 14, 2019
    What a remarkable piece! A great tribute to those airmen.

aoc46
Dec 14, 2019
    The sculpture presents an interesting take on the traditional views of St. Sebastien, though I find the ''Tar Baby" connection rather tenuous. Thanks for your informative Extra Info, which adds a lot to our appreciation.

You've clearly gone to some trouble to remove the background, Personally, I might have preferred to see some of the sculpture's surroundings, for a better sense of scale and environment, e.g.
https://bensten.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/948807085_aqyt7-l-3.jpg
Well done, nonetheless.

RobertLavker
Dec 14, 2019
    Wonderful for the theme. Thank-you for the informative notes. This is a remarkable piece of work. Nicely photographed.
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