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10-NOV-2012

Joseph Stalin's boots, model

My thanks to William Barletta for this and all the B&W conversions in this small B&W sub-gallery.

The Stalin Monument in Budapest was completed in December 1951 as a "gift" to Joseph Stalin from the Hungarian People on his 70th birthday (December 21, 1949). It was torn down on October 23, 1956, by enraged anti-Soviet crowds during Hungary's October Revolution. Only the boots remained.

These are a life-size model of the boots from the monument; we measured their height against my husband, and they were about six feet high. The actual boots are here http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/image/147287657

The large monument stood 25 meters tall in total. The bronze statue stood eight meters high on a four meter high limestone base on top of a tribune 18 meters wide. Stalin was portrayed as a speaker, standing tall and rigid with his right hand at his chest.

On October 23, 1956, around 200,000 Hungarians gathered in Budapest to demonstrate in sympathy for the Poles who had just gained political reform during the Polish October. The Hungarians broadcast 16 demands over the radio, one of them being the dismantling of Stalin's statue. A hundred thousand Hungarian revolutionaries demolished the Stalin statue, leaving only his boots, in which they planted a Hungarian flag. The bronze inscribed name of the Hungarians' leader, teacher and "best friend" was ripped off from the pedestal. Before the toppling of the statue, someone had placed a sign over Stalin's mouth that read "RUSSIANS, WHEN YOU RUN AWAY DON'T LEAVE ME BEHIND!" The revolutionaries chanted "Russia go home!" while pulling down the statue. W.C. and other insulting remarks were scrawled over the fragmented parts of the statue. (From Wikipedia)

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Jeff Real02-Dec-2012 15:10
You have skillfully captured this subject in a very evocative fashion ~V~
Chris Morton30-Nov-2012 21:12
really comes to life in mono, though still wouldn't wan to be in his boots
Marisa Livet28-Nov-2012 07:54
I do think Black and White suit this photo. It's impressive
Sandy Rich26-Nov-2012 20:47
So nicely done in black and white. Great lighting and all of this for somenthing so simple as boots.
Bill Miller26-Nov-2012 18:05
Twoly bootiful black and white.
Tom LeRoy26-Nov-2012 15:34
The black and white really looks great for this gallerynand these big boots. Super job !
Stephanie26-Nov-2012 13:54
Awesome, grandiose image Helen! This is so perfect in B&W. Love the circle of lights above the boots (reminds me of Stalin's coat)! V
rousselziak26-Nov-2012 08:00
Excellent in B&W ! -V-
joseantonio26-Nov-2012 05:14
Gorgeous image. The light is just fantastic.V.
woody3426-Nov-2012 03:18
The light and tones are amazing..with wonderful perspective and composition..V
bill friedlander26-Nov-2012 02:49
Wonderful tones in this fine B&W conversion! Nicely composed and superb exposure! V
Frank Tran25-Nov-2012 23:49
Beautiful light! Execellent composition. V+
Jim Coffman25-Nov-2012 23:45
This is one very fine image,Helen!!
Graeme25-Nov-2012 22:54
Stunning lighting and composition, Helen.BV
Colin Storey25-Nov-2012 22:42
Fantastic in mono and very well composed. v
Karen Stuebing25-Nov-2012 22:40
I love this in black and white. It really makes the light and shapes stand out. V.
John Hamers25-Nov-2012 22:33
Excellent B&W shot with wonderful light ! V
larose forest photos25-Nov-2012 22:08
Well, not sure these boots were made for walking... but I love the photo!! Very well done with gorgeous silvery light. VV
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography25-Nov-2012 22:06
Excellent capture and b&w conversion, Voted.