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Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson
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Copyright: Jack McGrane (jackal) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-19
Categories: Architecture, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Pentax K10D
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-25 19:59
Viewed: 3641
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I haven't posted anything for a couple of months - I have been too busy at work (fighting the recession) and also at home (rellies coming from the UK)

This is Robert Louis Stevenson house in Samoa, he died in this room on 3rd December 1894 at the age of 44.

Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, moved to Samoa in 1889, and bought 314 acres of virgin land on the slopes of Mount Vaea above Apia and named the estate Vailima
One evening, while conversing with his wife and straining to open a bottle of wine, he asked his wife, "Does my face look strange?" and collapsed beside her. He died within a few hours, probably of a cerebral haemorrhage.

Robert Louis Stevenson was a famous Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer and wrote several famous books -Treasure Island with Long John Silver, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Robert Louis Stevenson was much loved by the Samoan people who called him “Tusitala” which means storyteller. When he died the local people cut the "Road of the Loving Hearts" through the bush up to the top of Mt. Vaea.
His body was surrounded with a watch-guard during the night, and they carried him upon their shoulders to the top of Mount Vaea, and buried him on a spot overlooking the sea. Stevenson had always wanted his 'Requiem' inscribed on his tomb.

"Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill"

If you ever visit Samoa, a visit to the museum is very worthwhile. The Samoan lady who does the tour is called Margaret after Stevenson’s mother. Margaret’s great grandmother worked in the Stevenson household and her brother has three Christian names – Robert Louis Stevenson!

The photo didn’t come out as planned i.e. the flash bouncing off the picture on the wall. It was shot in RAW so I exposed one image for the inside and one for the outside and blended them together.
I also lost the settings while trying to rescue the photograph.

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To lebjohnson: Robert Louis Stevensonjackal 1 05-26 17:31
To Janice: Samoajackal 1 05-26 17:08
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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-05-25 20:23]

Hi Jack,
Nice to see you are back!
This is a superb interior photo! With the play of shadow and light and the window openend on the green garden, you rendered so nicely the charm of this kind of old colonial house! I can almost smell the wax on the warm wood-paneled ceiling and floor. This is a fine photo of this historic house. Bravo! Annie

Robert Louis Stevenson has always been one of my favorite writers, and to see his house, and the room in which he died, so clearly portrayed is delightful. You had a number of technical difficulties to overcome to achieve this interior portrait of a very pleasant room with a beautiful view. And despite a minor technical flaw, you have succeeded.

Your note also adds to my enjoyment of your photo.

Best regards,

very good indoor view...but even more astonishing is the green outside
thanks for sharing this!

Hello Jack - I've been waiting to see some of your Samoa pics.
Looking at this photo Samoa doesn't look very tropical. But I know it is... The greenery looks very green and fresh.
You've managed to shoot the room well - good PP work to rescue the original. The history of the room is very interesting too, thank you

Good to see you back here... Hope the war is going okay? Times are not good right now.

Like Janice I have been waiting to see photos from your trip.

The dark corners add to the atmosphere of the room, very difficult lighting but it is great.

Thanks for the intersting notes.

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