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A tribute to Alfred Wallis

A tribute to Alfred Wallis
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Copyright: Jean Dwyer (jean11-3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1481 W: 0 N: 3257] (16374)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-13
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Sony cybershot DSC-N1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Poetry insight, Cornish land and seascapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-21 6:20
Viewed: 1321
Points: 24
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Hello everyone,
quite recently I discovered the paintings of Alfred Wallis,described as a British Primitive artist.
He liked to paint boats, and when I saw this craft in the harbour at St. Ives, I was reminded of his work.

Alfred Wallis,1855-1942,was initially a fisherman.
But after other occupations,and after the death of his wife,he retired to his cottage and painted for 20 years.
"He painted deeply mystical, primitive yet intuitively sophisticated paintings of the sea,boats and harbours."

A grey day in St.Ives reminiscent of the colours in Wallis's pictures.
I tried to find out what type of boat this was, but with no success,has anyone any idea?

There is lots of information about Wallis on the internet, if you want to find out more.

Thanks for looking.

PP:crop,adjusted contrast+10,applied unsharp mask,and resized.I wanted to keep the grey 'feel' of the day, so I didn't apply any saturation.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-07-21 8:20]

This has alot of mood. Nice composition and detail. I'm shocked at how close together these buildings are!! TFS

hello Jean
how are you?
interesting shot
nice light and fine view
wonderful symetry of these houses, i love these pattern of the houses at the back
good colours
nice sharpness

Manuj Mehta

hi jean, the composition with the boat is perfect, the sharp details are great too, i really like the rows of houses up top, neat shot,

St Ives is a lovely little town and you captured it very well despite the grey weather. Theses little fishing villages have so character and history. Nice atmospheric shot Good job
warm regards

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-07-22 1:17]


mangigique iamge, ces beaux bâteaux, quel contraste entre le grand et le petit, très bien vu, et ce fond sur le maisons avec des couleurs douces et pastel, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


Hi Jean
I'm not familiar with the artist Alfred Wallis but I like the greay sombre scene you have captured here. It is a quintessential southern British coastal scene with subdued colours. I will check Wallis out on the internet. TFS.
Well done.

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-07-27 23:28]

dear Jean,
yes I can see "deeply mystical, primitive yet intuitively sophisticated" feeling in your this picture.
human boats and harbour town are well contrasted with depressed sea.
and in my feeling, something anxious anticipation is filled in this water,
but boats shows us brave figure in it.
thank you for your excellent shot,

Hello Jean,

What a surprise when i opened up this thumbnail!
I had perceived it in b&w!
I do like this for its mood and its memories!
The boat makes a fine focal point but the b/g of terraced rows rising up the frame adds so much to the mood.

I might have been tempted to crop the upper bit of sky so theat the buildings really appear to be crowding in and 'watching'.
What do you think?

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Jean,

TFS this very appealing photo of the harbour in St Ives. I visited this enchanting little town many years ago when I lived in the UK. Beautiful part of the country, that coastline is certainly photogenic and an artist's dream. GReat photo and interesting note. TFS.


Hola Jean.
Excelente imagen.
Los barcos aparecen como islas flotantes ante la avalancha de casas que aparecen por doquier.
Genial encuadre.
Saludos, JL.

PS. Miraré con más detenimiento la obra de A. Wallis.

Boas Jean
The composition is great and the contrast and bright you have given increase the mood.
My regards

Bonjour Jean,
Beautiful presentation and composition,
I like the tone of colors ,
Excellent POV./DOF. well presented and composed,
lovely and beautiful great architecture on background...I like it,

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