The Daily Norm Photo of the Week: Borne Tortoise
The year hasn’t long started, but as far as photographs go, this has to be my favourite of the year so far. Created in a moment of pure suspension of time, this tortoise, one of four holding up an obelisk at the end of the Paseo Borne (Passeig del Born) in the centre of Palma, is happily basking in the Winter sunshine, while beside him, the water from the fountain spurting energetically all around has dissipated and separated; atomised into what appear half way between gelatinous forms and glass beads. It’s a shot whose success owes itself to a huge amount of luck and less to skill, but I am particularly thrilled with the composition, and the shapes which have emerged – particularly the crossing of the water, and the hint of Christmas decorations and autumn leaves in soft focus in the background.
There can be no doubt that this photo deserves its place as The Daily Norm Photo of the Week.
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I like it so much… the contrast in the composition, on the left movement, curves and transparency, on the right static straight lines, solid volumes and the wonderful tortoise.