The Garden Statue (1996)
Black & white photograph (Giclée) by Michael Whitaker


  • Black & white photograph (Giclée), Paper
  • From a limited edition of 100
  • Size: 13 × 19 × 0.02 in (unframed) / 12.13 × 18.13 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the back

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Michael Whitaker

United States

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Artist's description:

This is an October 1996 photograph of a female statue in an unknown garden near the Alcazar in Toledo, Spain. I have lost my notes regarding this image and cannot rediscover the name of the statue or the location of the garden. I only recall the image was captured near the Alcazar. I decided to trip the shutter because of the specific perspective of this photograph. From my vantage point it appeared the statue was longingly viewing the couple sitting atop the adjacent wall. The apparent discussion between the figures on the wall below the couple also suggested to my imagination the female statue was recalling a time when she perhaps was sitting on such a wall with a loved one. While this photograph freezes in time everyone and everything, romantic whimsey caused me speculate the female statue had a forlorn look on her face because she realized the young couple eventually would be unfrozen to continue their lives while she, in direct contrast, permanently would be affixed in her position. Ultimately, for me this image suggests a melancholy mood related to lost love that will never return. As a footnote, what at first appears to be an extraneous shadow on the statue's right chest is actually shadows related to some type of branch being held in the right hand of the statue.

Materials used:

This photograph was created from a Kodak Tri-X negative scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED and processed via Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop before being printed as a giclee on archival 100% cotton rag fine art paper.

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