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The Getty Center of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The sculpture is "Torse de l'Été," by Aristide Maillol.

The title of this picture is from the sign on the pedestal for the sculpture.  The tree's bark lines are similar to the torso.  The Getty building itself only peeks on the sides of the trunk. The plaza is antiseptic and the natural grass and tree are contained, restrained and cleansed. The people on both sides are made to be funny little things looking more like birds.  And there's an imperfection in a little branch poking up over the neck of the torso as if to say - - “not so fast Mr. Architect, museum curator, installation designer; perfection is elusive.”  As for the sculpture, Aristide makes a great ass and then the art industries tell people they can’t stroke it.  I promise you that when this piece sat in Ray Stark’s garden (he and his wife’s foundation gave it to the Getty), all his guests were free to touch and probably more. His Hollywood parties had all the legends there.
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Dear Josh, thank you very much for uploading this very elegant shot and notifying me about it. In fact the rules of thirds have been applyed perfectly in this picture. your composition gives the whole scenery and laid-back and excellently weighted feeling-balance.
I like the fact, that you avoid symmetry here.
The tree dividing the picture in two parts is slightly leaning to the left side of the picture, avoiding a static composition. The sculpture itself is also leaning to the left sharing the degree of the tree-what a great detail. Another very interesting and in the same time charming aspect about this picture are the tiles, giving this shot a sense for space.
And the tiles have also another function for me: they turned this photo into a Dali- like piece. (do you remember the one piece with the melting clock? :-) )
however, you may agree on not, but in the end this is simply a very clean shot-just take a look at the wonderful gradient of the sky, it's is as glorious as all the Hollywood parties you had been mentioning.

You're getting better, and better,.... and even better. Shame on you :-)
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enixeffex Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
indeed it is awesome work!
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   Photographer
A headless body on the right, and a body less head on the far left. :D
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Really great observation. Terrific bit which I only wish I was super clever enough to have intended. I did intend a person there but the heedlessness was sheer good fortune.
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
oops. Headlessness.
MARX77 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011   Photographer
Haha! :highfive:
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October 30, 2011
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Oct 29, 2011, 4:07:30 PM
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