Scott Holcomb

Scott Holcomb

Posted on 01/28/2014

Photo taken on January 19, 2014

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Pioneer Monument
Sculptor: F.H. Happersberger
Dedicated by James Lick in 1894
Civic Center
San Francisco
Hasselblad 500C
Carl Zeiss Sonnar 1:4 f=150mm T* Lens
Fuji Pro 400-H film
6 X 6
120 Film
Medium Format
Photoshop Digitalization
Epson Perfection V600

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Archimedes was on the mind of the Yanquis when they realized that California was theirs for the taking.

This photo was taken by a Hasselblad 500C medium format film camera and Carl Zeiss Sonnar 1:4 f=150mm T* lens using Fuji Pro 400-H film, the negative scanned by an Epson Perfection V600 and digitalized with Photoshop.

8 comments - The latest ones
Yanquis? This made me pondering for a few seconds. LOL.
But by whom? Indians, Spanish Missions or the Confederate folks?
Archimedes works also good for torturing students at school. So this monument might be a token. ;))
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Tacheles
The Anglo visitors (Yanquis) to the Mexican village of Yerba Buena (San Francisco) in 1850 had a "Eureka Moment" (unexpected realization of the solution to a problem).
That solution was to push the Mexicans aside and declare The Republic of California.
Archimedes stands atop the Pioneer Monument honoring those early settlers of California. Behind the glorious symbolism were some devious and brutal deeds.
4 years ago.
Tacheles has replied to Scott Holcomb
Thank you for the lesson in the history of California. Sounds very interesting!
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Tom Angelo
Tom Angelo
Wonderful light ... nice capture !
4 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Tom Angelo
You've got to be sneaky when taking a photo of somebody so well-armed.
4 years ago.
Empowering sculpture ! I particularly love the Medusa on the shield
4 years ago.
Scott Holcomb has replied to Nylonbleu
Although I am not certain how Medusa factors into the creation of California, I also think that Ms. "Snake Coiffure" is an interesting touch to the sculpture!!
4 years ago.
!!! nicely done
4 years ago.