This is the face of a 3-foot St. Francis statue that sits outside our sunroom. It sits over the grave of our deceased budgie, whom we had from the time he was a chick until he died at 7 . My 6-year-old daughter still talks about him. I've also posted a color version; they're almost like two different photos.
St. Francis is my patron saint, I picked Frances for my Confirmation name because I love animals. I'm glad there are still people around who believe in the saints, it seems the world keeps getting more and more secular all the time. Great shot, thanks for sharing. AmandaMy Gallery
Thanks, Amanda, for the comments and the very kind rating. I must confess that the statue was my wife's idea, not mine; I'm a bit more secular myself, so the notion might not have occurred to me. However, it's entirely fitting that a statue of Francis of Assisi sit over the grave of a dead bird. Even my daughter, who was four when the bird died, kind of got the symbolism. -Brian
Like the tight crop and the light on the face is just right.This version just edges it for me, but only just.Great shot.'There is no point pressing the shutter unless you are making some caustic comment on the incongruities of life. That is what photography is all about. It is the only reason for doing it.'......Philip Jones Griffiths
Ah, something which ignites everlasting debate. A sentimental secularist is something to be. Sounds like something Lennon might have said. I think that Newton would have gone a lot further, though, and Jung would have had a fair bit to add.Nigel.