Late Night Burgher
I was lucky enough to be featured on a six-page spread in the University of Chicago Alumni magazine last fall, and now I was fortunate enough to have an image of mine picked up by the Stanford Magazine for a feature they call "1000 words." Each issue spotlights an image of the campus or Stanford community - here's a link to the May-June issue (digital edition here). My photograph is on pages 18 & 19.
I originally wrote the following about the image:
These are the Burghers of Calais at Stanford University. These are casts from a sculpture by Rodin of the six middle class heroes of the Hundred Years War called Les Bourgeois de Calais. After the King of England, Edward III, laid siege to and nearly starved the French port city of Calais, he said he would spare the city if six of its wealthy citizens were to give themselves to be sacrificed. Six volunteers, the burghers, produced themselves and headed out of the city in rags to be executed. The Queen, however, interceded and the Burghers were saved.
IHere's the Wikipedia entry for the sculpture with much more information. The original six figures were closely grouped and placed at street level per Rodin's request. The sculptor supposedly wanted the people to walk freely amongst them and see them for ordinary men capable of extraordinary sacrifice. His depiction of the Burghers as emaciated and haggard helps one see the human in these heroic figures. The statues at Stanford University are separated a bit and are placed amongst cobblestones so that visitors can walk freely amongst them, similarly to how Rodin intended, although they are not in the original orientation to one another. At twilight, these statues have such a poignant feel to them. I captured two photographs here that I like.