Gerard Blair  

The Noble Pig by Gerard Blair

May 2023 - The Noble Pig

About the Image(s)

Visit to a farmlet in VT, this beast caught my eye
Is she "fine art" ? I am not sure, my mind says no but my heart wonders I think it reminds me of a painting I have seen - but a web search does not confirm I can see it on the wall of a pub or farm kitchen, but would it grace a gallery?

Processed in Nik color and silver software - and in photoshop

f/8.0 1/320 ISO 320
Canon EOS 6D Mark II- Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art 017

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Is it Fine Art Gerard? I think that is in the eye fo the beholder! But your image unfortunately isn't of the noble beast alone but his companion is part of the picture and this diminishes the impact of that satisfied-looking beast   Posted: 05/10/2023 11:06:29

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Gerard, You may have been thinking of Jamie Wyeth's painting of a pig. We see a lot of references to it down here at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. This image is a bit of a snapshot. Certainly it captures some of the character of the critter. For a more effective 'fine art' image, a head on image at eye level with reduced depth of field would help. That might eliminate or soften the cage wire and second pig so we could concentrate more on the subject's character. Karl   Posted: 05/11/2023 10:21:29

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Makes me think of Charlotte's Web, where Charlotte the spider writes in her web, "Radiant" "Some Pig" and "Humble". Poor Wilbur, in danger of being slaughtered by a farmer. OK, so Karl
and Barbara have good ideas, change the perspective. Perhaps head cheese. (sorry).

What if you cropped in on just the head? Or if you can go back, take the photo from the snout on?   Posted: 05/11/2023 15:58:49

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
I wanted to respond with a slight push back - not to contradict, but rather to explain the intent. For me, this is an animal in squaller. She live is in a pigsty, her underside is covered in dirt, the food bowl is mucky, there is a little ball of excrement in the straw on the left and yes there is a visible backside off to the right.
And yet, she has a radiant smile and the look of nobility. I see this as the triumph of spirit over circumstance.   Posted: 05/11/2023 16:30:14

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
That expression of pure contentment is wonderful, and remarkable to a human in view of the environment. I see this image as a photojournalist statement on the pig condition, as reality rather than fine art. For Fine Art as I see it, less says much more. The partial pig and the little ball are not necessary. I agree with Karl's suggestion of an uncluttered head on shot. Bravo on seeing the contrast (from the human perspective) between the pig's expression and its environment.   Posted: 05/13/2023 12:19:49

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
The pig does look proud of herself, and does have a noble appearance so much so that she could have had a back-row seat at Charles 3's coronation. The one-third of a pig to the right does seem distracting but would be hard to remove.   Posted: 05/15/2023 17:39:56

Liz Smith   Liz Smith
The look on her face to me is the subject and I would like to see a little tighter frame of it. Possibly move over a little so you could see more of the other eye.   Posted: 05/16/2023 22:26:24