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Archangel, Kiev, Ukraine, 2009

The gilded leaves held by an allegorical bronze figure of Archangel Michael symbolizing Ukraine’s independence reflect the rising sun over Kiev’s Independence Square. The figure stands atop a huge column, requiring me to use a long 400mm focal length to express such detail. Both the statue and the photograph function as symbolic personifications of independence – the upraise arms suggest triumph, while the gilded leaves proclaim peace. It was erected in 2000, celebrating ten years of independence.

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Phil Douglis21-Nov-2009 00:56
You evoke the music of the Slavic soul here, Tim -- she holds a crescendo in her hand.
Tim May20-Nov-2009 23:11
Wow - the light circles around this image like a sonata - it seems to spiral into the image with the leaf right above her head being the brightest. Wonderful.
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