Glow Skull

Glow Skull

 Taken yesterday during sunset on the old gravel road west of Madrid between the villages of Navalcarnero and Sevilla La Nueva (where I live). This is the entrance to a piece of artistic farmland.

(1/800, F4.5, ISO200, 44mm)

25 thoughts on “Glow Skull

  1. Excellent composition. Love the dramatic vibrant colours and balance of positive & negative space. The allusion to a rusted crucifix in combination with the skull is both sly & powerful. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Joseph, you seem to know what youre talking about, the use of negative space and the angle making some sort of cross combined with the low sunlight caught my attention, apart from the skull which was on my radar for a while, just waited for this light 😉
      Have a great day, Ron.

    • Thank you very much, Seonaid, i took the simple rule of the viewer where you start looking from the left bottom and then ´into´ the phot, but also that the skull is almost on a cross!
      Hope all is well, greetings, Ron.

    • Hola Meg, it is a very common sight in other parts of the worl like Mexico or South America but havent seen this too much around here. The artistic farm was totally fenced so made some shot through and with the fence, but photographically not too interesting unfortunately 😦
      Thanks for your enthousiasm – always great to read. All the best, Ron.

  2. Intriguing shot with great composition, textures and colours. There is also something vaguely religiously disturbing about this too as, when scrolling and effectively getting a square crop, it looks as though the skull is on a crucifix …

    • Thank you, Noeline! Nice you noticed the cross, which was the reason why i chose this angle. Not sure what the religious reason or other reason there is behind the skulls at entrances but intrigueing for sure. Hope all is well, greetings, Ron.

  3. Naturally I had to comment on this one (there’s a skull! :)) The sunset blue sky / rusty orange contrast works beautifully, as does the angle you’ve chosen to shoot it at. And, like some of the other commenters, I’m intrigued to learn more about the “artistic farmland”…

    • Hola Suzanne, thanks, wanted to venture out there for a couple of weeks now for sunset with the golden valley but this skull was glowing in the sun and ofcourse when I came up with the title I thought about your collection 😉
      The farmland reminded me of all the weird creations along route 66, but photographically was difficult cuz I couldnt enter the terrain, maybe shouldnt have been so mysterious about the farmland…
      Have a great weekend, enjoy, R

    • Thanks a lot, Richard! Unfortunately couldnt enter the farmland so some ugly shot through and with the fence arent good enough imo to show, sorry
      Have a great day, Ron.

    • Thanks very much, Katrina. Did make wider shots of the fence and a weird installation but couldnt enter so photos werent too good in my opinion.
      Warm greetings, Ron.

  4. Is it the overhead of an entranceway? Rich and disturbing, so carefully made.
    I have not been to Spain but in Mexico there are similar reverential
    tributes to death and dead things, a combination of death and
    catholicism, too, some pulled-in-opposite sense of an afterlife.
    You certainly find interesting angles, objects and
    light, and always stark in contrast. You would have been a buddy
    to Fellini.

    • Hi Barbara, would have loved to be a photographic buddy to Fellini, huge compliment, thanks!
      Guess lots of the old european directors and the photography in black and white movies has always been a big inspiration.
      Having been to the West of America I saw lots of farm entrances like this, but not too much around here in Spain, although you see skulls at entrances of old houses and land in older parts. This was hanging above an entrance indeed, thanks for your interest, hope all is well, Ron.

      • All is well, hoping same for you, thanks Ron, and thanks for the beautiful, interesting photographs making me think of things far away and from another time and very different lives. Just spent the day on the coast of Big Sur which is not so much ancient as timeless, the landscape in continually surprising configurations, and in beige and many blues, green-black, orange and yellow. Your Spain is very much yellow-reds and terra cottas, olive greens and powerful El Greco skies. Geography certainly has a nature of its own.

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