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Beach of Plenty

Beach of Plenty
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Copyright: Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4939 W: 320 N: 8482] (33390)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-05-01
Categories: Daily Life, Artwork, Event, Decisive Moment
Camera: Sony ILCE6300, sony 18-200mm - sel18200
Exposure: 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-05-14 11:53
Viewed: 660
Points: 42
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Beach of Plenty

Beach of Plenty – Michael Kvium – Circus Europe
At first sight a lady who is taking a picture of a nice painting of an attractive beach scene. But if you look more accurate at the picture and also use the links to the two workshop you will discover the real meaning of this large triptych of this Beach of Plenty, Michael Kvium’s artistic reaction on the actual issue of the boat-refugees and his own increasing helplessness about it.
In the main picture we see a woman taking a picture of that part of the painting where a man is looking at a refugee struggling for his life.
The first workshop shows the whole painting. We now also can see on the right side the two elderly ladies in their bikini ignoring totally the arriving refugee boat.
The second workshop give a detail of the painting with the boat full of refugees.

■ Main picture: ◙ Fight for life
■ Workshop 1: ◙ Beach of Plenty
■ Workshop 2: ◙ Refugee Boat

The triptych ‘The Beach of Plenty, 2017’, the largest painting in the exhibition, shows a refugee boat arriving at a beach that is populated by tourists and features a man fighting for his life in the breaking waves. The people are all watching, but nobody is helping or responding. Kvium’s main motivation to paint can be found in his revolt against his own increasing helplessness with regard to the loss of dignity and the failure of humanity to tackle the current global problems. “The building is falling down and we’re talking about furnishings” (website museum)

I add the dark frame to the picture to give the posts a screen format of 1920x1080 pixels
The idea is that, if you use the links in the text, you have a full screen image of the picture with the photo in the centre of a dark screen.
This works with the browsers and screens I use, but I’m not sure that everybody will have the same result.

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Hello Rob,
Very nice capture from this exhibition taken with perfect pov and layout.
Good light management and sharpness.
Good TE entry enriched with many good and interesting notes.
TFS and best regards

Hallo Rob,
Een thematiek die waarschijnlijk nog geruime tijd actueel zal zijn.
Toch is het ook al gebeurd dat zonnekloppers op het strand de uitgeputte aangespoelde vluchtelingen hielpen tot de reddingsdiensten er waren. Ik herinner me zo'n artikel over de aankomst van bootvluchtelingen op één van de Canarische eilanden.
Iemand uit de massa moet initiatief nemen maar dat is vaak het probleem. Wanneer iemand met de auto in een kanaal zou rijden, is er best maar één getuige en niet vijftig. De ene persoon zal zeker reageren.
Zeer kleurrijke beelden om ons aan de thematiek van de bootvluchtelingen te herinneren.
Vele groeten, Paul

Hello Rob,
I can say that this is a good photo in your recognizable style, of interaction between art and onlookers. Just for once it seems less important how you took this photo, since the painting speaks for itself and doesn't really need to be complemented by other visitors' reactions. The painter has used a huge format that I would associate with older paintings of incredibly dramatic and decisive events, like battle scenes or the crowning of a King, or the Guernica. And indeed there are few contemporary events more dramatic and decisive than the hundreds of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean Sea as a result of the current mass movement away from poverty and injustices - to a continent of increasing nationalism and fear of "the others".
But your photos are very sharp and well exposed. ;-)
Kind regards,

Hi Rob,

You have captured well the action of the photographer. The point of view is showing the details of the painting. The light is giving good colors output. Have a nice day.


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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9748 W: 57 N: 16678] (61680)
  • [2018-05-14 13:09]

Hallo Rob,
Zo zie je maar hoe het standpunt en de compositie van de foto ervoor kunnen zorgen dat een heel ander verhaal verteld wordt, wat een strandidylle lijkt, blijkt een maatschappijkritisch werk. Het is de vraag waar de dame hier op de foto precies op inzoomt.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10356 W: 161 N: 17201] (131029)
  • [2018-05-14 13:27]

Witaj Rob!
A very interesting scene from gallery.
The combination of characters is impressive, makes impression.
Good frame and colors.
Good evening.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12316 W: 126 N: 22223] (113151)
  • [2018-05-14 14:49]

Hi Rob,as you know i like a lot beaches,so this is a great gift to me..ehhe...it's one of the most original post talking about this scenery,3 different composition showing this work of Kvium in a great way,very useful full view in WS but interesting different solutions too in the others 2. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Good morning Rob,
Nice depiction of yet another display in a museum.
Picture of a visitor taking photos is rightly chosen as main post. Beaches are interesting subject.
Have a nice new day.

Hi Rob,
Well seen the scene and well captured, interesting and funny, good light capture, perfect sharpness, tfs.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10765 W: 146 N: 27099] (129753)
  • [2018-05-14 23:46]

Hello Rob, I like this new style of framing very much. Interesting presentation in the three parts. Seeing the main picture we do not realize what is going on. Only seeing the whole triptych we understand the meaning. Excellent all three picture and important message in the painting. The young lady in the main pictures matches so well the colors. Funny trousers also.

Kind regards Malgo

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepe umetnicke slike i motivi.
Zelim vam lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.

Good day.
A nice view and a moment, interesting and good text ...
Good work with nice photos in the workshop, beautifully shown, good contrast, nice colors, a nice caught moment.
Beautiful artistic paintings and motifs.
I wish you a beautiful and successful day, all the best.

Hello, Rob!

This woman is just like me, wishing to be on the beach right now! She seems to be taking a photo pretending she is there, and you captured an interesting moment at the museum! Very nice job!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25077 W: 520 N: 42342] (181384)
  • [2018-05-15 5:30]

Dag Rob,

Men is nergens nog veilig aangaande te worden gefotografeerd.
Maar u was de laatste in de rij waardoor u alles mooi kon vast leggen.
U had er nog een model bij en de schilderij.
Mooi foto werk, bedankt.

Groeten uit een overgoten zonnig Vlaanderen,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14510 W: 0 N: 16401] (176235)
  • [2018-05-15 6:13]


Une sacrée scène dans ce musée cette dame avec son petit appareil qui immortalise le tableau quelle compo sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-05-15 7:37]

Hello Rob,
nice the snapshot in the interior of the museum with the visitor to shot the painting from the beach with the surfer in the sea.


Hello Rob, another great photograph inside the museum, very well captured in this beautiful image, with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Great and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good night and happy week.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.

Hello Rob,

The paintings are heartfelt!
The first photograph really is quite shocking that someone would stand with arms behind their back whilst another person is struggling for his life.

The truth is, our senses have become almost dulled by the frequent scenes of atrocities, on the news broadcasts and we become desensitised. This painting, meant to encourage close scrutiny, gives more time to look and internalise the message. We see the terror of the refugees and the shocked inactivity of the nationals!
I really think people are fearful of the unknown refugees, though they know that they are escaping poverty and victimisation.
Your excellent photographs of this painting certainly stir emotions and make us search our own hearts.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14878 W: 1055 N: 30587] (143157)
  • [2018-05-15 11:12]

Hello Rob,

A good series of images depicting the refugee boats coming ashore in 'Fortress Europe' as well as the nonchalant lifeguards and beach bathers. Good inclusion of the woman taking a horizontal format crop of the main image. Tfs!

Ciao Rob, great capture of photographer in action with beautiful installation, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16196 W: 159 N: 28237] (148514)
  • [2018-05-16 8:11]

Hi Rob
Bien pris la scène, le POV qui permet de voir l'image sur son smartphone, plutôt amusante !! belles couleurs, lumière et netteté
Belle journée

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10489 W: 174 N: 18802] (83583)
  • [2018-10-16 12:46]


in the main post I thought there was a dog in the waves, only reading your note and watching your WS I saw what it was the whole scenery. amazing contrast between these two worlds, anyway once again, Technic aspects are more important than creativity, we saw similar scenes in the newspapers.

take care


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