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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Egons Spuris

Egons Spuris (Latvian, 1931–1990), A Fairy Tale
George Eastman House Collection



Blogger Max said...

That's a great picture, quite comic in some ways, the womans face and the relaxed cow walking in the back, very naive. I wonder how was it put together. Is it a real shot? On film? The trees in the back show camera movement, but not the old lady, was she filled using flash?
The cow seems to be from a hotter climate than Latvia, seems to have some cebu blood.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Yem said...

Holy cow.

4:28 PM  
Blogger dyathink said...

refreshing departure from the compact digicam discussions..(too much gear, never enough time) As always, my humble gratitude to the George Eastman House for its incredible collection..

11:26 PM  
Blogger Scott Kirkpatrick said...

Is that a theatre backdrop? The background brushstrokes are very hard to create (outside of photoshop) any other way.

Quite haunting.


4:54 AM  
Blogger lapsas said...

This image is very similiar in style to the woodcuts and dark oil paintings found and produced by ordinary Latvians between the two wars

5:45 AM  
Blogger Brambor said...

The old lady could be sitting on the back of a trailer. It would explain the movement forward AND sideways as those old wooden carts swey. The cart is probably on an old dirt road and the cow is just a cow standing in the road.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Max said...

The back of truck/cart theory would go well with the background being a dusty road in the forest. That looks about right, with the dust cloud and the cow in the perfect position if you imagine it that way.
But that takes away some of the magic! I like the weird first impression more.

2:47 PM  

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