Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Headless Angel . . .

I took this picture in a Parisian cemetery in 1993. The raised index finger and missing head seemed to be suggesting to me that someone was saying, from beyond the grave, something like, "Don't look for me here, look for me up there". I'd be curious to hear your thoughts. . .
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This post is in tribute and an echo to to Laurie's blog Creating Pictures In My Mind, which was a busy place this weekend. If you haven't been already, I would recommend heading over there to take a peek, there are more angels, among other fascinating photos and thoughts. . .
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18 comments:

The Sagittarian said...

HM. Well, I reckon she (he?) was whispering and was doing the ol' "shush" thing...and whoever it was took offence and off went her head! (A common saying in France, n'est pas?)

That is the chicken said...

I think that whatever she was doing, she is wagging her finger and warning you not to copy! Good advice I think!

desi said...

If a picture makes you think and wonder about it after you've seen it then you know its excellent!

its a bit scary, i wouldn't want to be there alone!

I also wonder who would be so nasty to vandalise a little angel?

desi

Steve said...

I reckon she's saying "Don't pick your nose with a stick of dynamite..."

wcs said...

Uh, pardon me, have you seen my halo?

Jessie said...

Ooo this sure is spooky...and beautiful too! I think she's trying to say something but got cut off half way through a sentence.

Rain said...

Hi also think she's saying "shhhh!" and pointing up. But at first glance, I saw her giving the peace sign.

Bill Evertson said...

If the photo was more recent I'd say the caption could read "if I here one more news story about Dick Cheney my head will explode!"

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

Creepy, yet interesting

Margaret Pangert said...

I think she was a victim of a violent crime. the dark places (since it's a black-and-white shot) could be blood, and her arm could be raised in self-defense. Her angel wings, though one has "blood" on it, remain unscathed, which shows her spirit lives on despite her corporeal demise.

jyothy karat said...

i feel a little disoriented.. yes, she definitely seem to be trying to say something.. if only trees could talk and broken angels could sing..

jeff34 said...

Je suis pas un fan des cimetières bien que...
Cette photo est superbe dans ses contrastes et tout simplement, image étonnante ! Il y en avait de quoi perdre la tête ! Et le doigt pointé vers la dite tête semble indiquer la direction où elle a dû "fuser"...!
Si tu passes par mon blog, je te promet Owen que je n'avais pas vu ton post ! Comme quoi !...
A plus amigOwen ! ... arrosoir...!

louciao said...

To use my best Québec slang, elle est vraiment décapotée! And I don't mean décapitéé!

Lyn said...

One head, please! Has anyone seen it?

AmyR said...

It looks like she is stopping you...really gorgeous photo, Owen.

Laurie said...

I have seen this pose in a woman before - usually accompanied by the words: ". . . and another thing!" and a wagging finger!

She might have headed over to another cemetery or lost her head to the snapper. Great image, again!

STUFF said...

I love this photograph. I fancy dark photography. Fabulous work.

lorhen82 said...

Wow...that is a great photo! I love B&W, and I love cemetery photos. Thanks for stopping by my blog! ~Lori