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Starry, Starry Night II

Starry, Starry Night II
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Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-12
Categories: Festivals
Camera: Nikon Coolpix S9300
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Favorites continue... #6, PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION I, MOBILE PHONES, Compelling Backdrops [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-07-14 1:58
Viewed: 4501
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At the outset, Happy Bastille Day to all my French friends.

A few days ago I was sitting on a bench on a quiet street corner in Bethesda, Maryland, where I was reading a book and watching the pedestrians stroll bye. Along with my book, I also had a small compact camera, and occasionally snapped a photo. Of the 11 individuals I photographed, 7 were conversing on mobile phones (true of this young woman in pink), 5 were overweight (certainly not true of her)… but most appeared to be oblivious to the work of art adorning the wall next to them. (Unlike me, some of them may have seen the work many times before.)

The imaginative rendition of van Gogh’s "Starry Night” seen here hangs on an exterior wall at a quiet street corner. Created from brass, chrome and dye fixtures — doorknobs, escutcheon plates,toilet paper holders — measures 3.71 x2.43 meters (146x96 inches). A pair of small signs flanking the work, offers the following information: “Interpreted by: David van Go-berg, Medium: Brass and Dye on PVC. Style: 'Post-Door Hardwareism.' 1,250 doorknobs, levers and back plates (escutcheon plates) from Italy, Germany and the United States comprise this “Starry Night.” In the workshop, a close-up of the wall can be seen. Incidentally, the artist, "David van Go-berg," is actually David Goldberg, one of the owners of Union Hardware, a century-old upscale store selling the fixtures.

Last December I posted a photo showing van Gogh’s iconic painting, "Starry, Starry Night" in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. The great Dutch/French Post-Impressionists had painted the view from memory, after a lengthy period staring out of a window, while convalescing in a psychiatric institution in Saint-Remy in 1889. The famous work created in oil on canvas, measures 91.4x71.4 cm (36x29 inches), and represents one of the most celebrated works in the collection of the MOMA.

Finally, I will integrate this shot into a pair of group themes: Mobile Phones and Pictures at an Exhibition. I welcome other TE-members to post in these growing themes.

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To mayjayne: Regarding your note...batalay 1 2012-07-14 08:49
To emka: van Gogh...batalay 1 2012-07-14 08:57
To jhm: Many thanks..batalay 1 2012-07-14 12:21
To worldcitizen: Starry Night...batalay 1 2012-07-15 06:45
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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3579 W: 114 N: 6342] (28678)
  • [2012-07-14 2:22]

Merhaba Bulent Bey. One of your earlier photos had a little girl in pink, this one a young woman in pink. Nice flowing folds. As to the work being ignored, maybe she has seen it numerous times already. Mind you, it is a clever interpretation of the original and at the same time an apt advertisement for Union Hardware.Excellent clarity and luminosity.Thanks for the YouTube link you sent me as it allowed me to check some of the other links which featured the cultural centre which I had visited. Best wishes. Klaudio.

Beautifully managed the moment, Bulent.
The outstanding wall, with it's fabulous details, had a nice lady passed along without paying much attebtion to it - just busy with the cell. A cell-scenery we get to see as a daily-life common view nowadays...
Fina capture, good clear details on.
Enjoy your weekend,

Hello Bulent, interesting composition here, i love the colors on the wall. Nice interpretation of the Van Gogh painting. Reading your note i was "too bad" for those people. Maybe we're not paying too much attention to the beautiful things in our lives. Good work.

Ciao caro Bulent,
cercherò presto di apportare il mio contributo ai temi da te creati! Quest'immagine mi fa pensare molto alla mia precedente, con la donna che cammina ed un bello sfondo, in questo caso una magnifica opera murale.
Molto belli sono i colori ed il momento che hai catturato con la consueta attenzione. complimenti.
Un caro abbraccio

hi bulent, very dynamic shot, interesting subject, and background
well done

Ola Bulent ,
Belo momento com esta modelo a passar junto desta parede decorada com esta pintura de Van Gogh`s, bom enquadramento da foto , boas cores e luz , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

hi bulent,
it took a while for me to get to the picture behind the foreground interest! wonderful composition. you have managed the light well and produced some lovely colours. your note is equally as interesting.

Dear Bulent,

The subject keeps the onlooker involved in the painting while the other factors take hold.

The first things that strikes me is the pink dress; then the flow of the skirt, which seems to continue on to the curves of the design on the wall naturally. What a great timing to have her positioned just beneath a 'star'.

A well composed shot.

TFS and have a great weekend,

Hello Bulent,
magnificent composition.At first glance it seems like an ordinary street scene,but it has definitely kind of deeper meaning.It´s like about our attitude to the surrounding world,its beauty and the way we perceive it.By the way the street version of Van Gogh´s "Starry Night" realy appeals to me.It´s a good way to promote the arts.But the woman seems to be taken up entirely by conversation.Excellently spotted scene and very interesting note.
Have a nice weekend

Hello Bulent,
Thank you for your remembering our National Day. You captured a very good daily scene from your bench. The modern rendition of Van Gogh's Starry Night suits the image of this nowadays lady and her mobile phone perfectly. The strong sense of movement in the painting also echoes the lady on the move. Well seen and flawlessly achieved.

Hi Bulent, very interesting note, I liked this statistics. I think that the percent of people using mobile was quite high but it happens everywhere, these overweight is true in USA and in Scotland, but not in Japan (maybe only sumo wrestlers are fat). And how many were overweight and conversing? According to Dirichlet's box principle there was at least one such person. Very nice composition with this lady in pink(you like pink colour:)) As a gift for you, in Workshop another copy of the Starry night - this time from the Diamond Museum in Amsterdam, very near Van Gogh's Museum. this replica is set with the 504 brilliants with total weight of 140 carats, 96 pieces of Onyx, all stones in 18 carat white gold. But even with all these precious, less valuable than the original painting (I suppose).

have a nice day


Hello Bülent,
This is a superb composition which immediately stands out among the thumbnails. You had clearly chosen the bench with careful consideration. I am sure you also selected the most suitable photo to show us, not just because of this woman's good looks but mainly thanks to the marvellously matching colours of her dress and the Van Gogh piece.
Kind regards,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13431 W: 0 N: 15998] (165946)
  • [2012-07-14 9:08]


Sueprbe cpatage et compo de cette belle dame en rose devant cette oeuvre d'art colorée avec les dorures ces dessins quelle compo mangigique.

Bravo et amitié


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24034 W: 523 N: 40121] (172820)
  • [2012-07-14 10:23]
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Dear Bulent,

You make a beautiful analysis of passers, I am everyday surprised of the young people, or SMS or talk with GSM, what a world, everything of on distance.
Your picture is very well taken, the lady brings a lot dynamic in these picture, also your both workshop pictures are pleasant for look at.
One small advice my best friend, place the lady to the leftside with more space before the lady.
Nevertheless a very nice picture with the painting in background.
Very nice done, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

Hello Bulent,
This is a nice composition with this beautiful rendition of Van Gogh in BG and the women in FG.Good idea,i like it!
Thanks for sharing.

Hi dear Bulent,
sei stato bravissimo nel realizzare questa immagine.
La ragazza è stata fermata in modo perfetto, con uno sfondo davvero originale.

Well done and TFS!

Hello Bulent,
Great photo, and a great version of "Starry Night"! I am sure far too many people have walked by without even noticing all of the intricate and creative details on this work of art. The passing woman is a good complementary subject in the frame. Instinctively, I feel that the right side of the photo should be cropped to create a symmetry on both sides of the artwork. That's just my gut feeling, but your presentation is very nice. :-)

Merhaba Bulent Bey
Fine e preciso scenografo ed esecutore.
Movimento e sfondo.
Colori e cornice .
Foto centrata in un piacevole contesto di Happy Day Bastille.

Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Vous avez un art consommé pour réussir des photographies étonnantes. Ici, encore, cette jeune femme semble plus préoccupée par l'entretien téléphonique que par cette fresque étonnante à proximité.
C'est le monde moderne ! Les temps changent, les hommes également !
Très bonne observation, une fois de plus.

Hi Bulent,

It's a good thing that you haven't shown a version with one of the 5 obese subjects, as we wouldn't be able to see as much of the artwork... :-p))

This version of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" shows some Klimt influences as well...

Your choice of subject is awesome, for the way her dress blends nicely with the purple touch from the background, but also because the way it stands out from the artwork. Excellent street shooting, showing that this photographic style is often the result of patience and observation.

Happy Sunday!


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  • mirosu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
  • [2012-07-16 1:30]

Hello Bulent,
Excellent image with great exposure and focus! Perfect sharpness, brightness and nice color with details.
The framing is IMO excellently chosen, the colors are also very well controlled.
The excellent DOF is integral in showing the lady and the colorful background in very good focus. I like it!

Well composed.

Hi dear Bulent

Best match the main object with the background.
A via perfect cropped framework and the best composition. You get the perefect moment by the best timing shutter chance. The angle of her leg is very natural and also makes dynamic image. Thanks for your good work and have a good day!
Best reagrds,

Takero from Tokyo

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13488 W: 295 N: 26841] (107827)
  • [2012-07-16 7:21]

Hello Bullent,
nice the snapshoform the passing by woman in pink having as backdrop this superb variation of the "Starry Night”.
I like the brilliant light and colour management, as bringing up the details of this atr work with the original of Van Gogh’s iconic painting,to can see it in the WS.


A perfect framing accompanied by a wonderful narrative that tells about the background of the shot. I find the connection between your pictures and notes enriching, tells a lot about yourself and the setting.

And yes, the coincidence with which your picture and mine overlap is striking.



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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9185 W: 157 N: 14670] (120747)
  • [2012-07-16 14:02]

Witaj Bulent!
Your photo is interesting.
Good shot, curious moment.
I like background.
Excellent colors.
Well done.
Best regards.

Greetings,great shot.She somehow fits into this picture perfectly.Even the flow of her movement and the colors.Van Gogh,like Bach,does well in different presentations.Most delightful image,Wolfgang.

Hello Sir,
another beautiful shot..
nice lovely colours...
nice artwork on the wall...
very good composition with the nice lady..
Thanks for sharing..

Hi, my wise friend Ali
To capture a very beautiful view. Silence and conversation. Stillness and motion.
Silence in the face of art in contrast to the young woman with a cell phone conversation. Depending on the role of stillness and serenity of art on the wall and move toward the young woman's life. Beautiful
I am happy of your message

Hello Bulent,

Good decisive moment. People taking at mobile phones are one of your favorites themes.

All the best,


Hello Bulent,
This superb modern and elegant young woman, highlights this splendid work. I guess to see books and scrolls. The light, colors and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day

Hello Bulent,
A great capture where the lady appears unaware of the interpretation of Van Gogh's art beside her. A super capture and note - love the colours and framing. He is one of my favourite artists and when in Amsterdam never miss going to the museum to see his work.
Best wishes, Ann

Hola Bulent

Very nice and creative capture, I imagine you discovering the wall and waiting for someone interesting to cross and the girl in pink with the phone walking in front and no noticing it

Great frame for a beautiful and quick photo

I saw the WS and the one with a close up at the wall is fascinating as is the wall indeed

Warm regards

Hi Bulent
it was very enjoyable to read the note, funny to read about how many people were talking on cell phones, and how many were overweight!

you cropped this one very well, showing us the artwork in the bg, while choosing an attractive lady in bright pink for that extra visual touch.

fine work as your usual, especially with the note.
see you around

Hello Bulent. The photo is a real eye catcher. Everything fits together perfectly here. Strong colors. Great composition. Good instructive text. Well done.
Best regards, Wolfgang.

I love this take on "Starry, Starry Night". It fluid but so industrial. It is a great contrast to the figure who, so typically, is consumed with the phone and totally misses it. Great capture.

Hi Bulent

I recognized this copy of Van Gogh's work right away and was drawn to your photo immediately. I throughougly enjoyed reading your note about it. It was both informative and personal at the same time. I like how her pink dress contrasts the dominating blues and golds in the artwork. Nice timing to capture this, and I will try your idea with the smaller camera in the future.

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2012-08-24 7:11]

Güzel bayanın kıyafetinin rengi arka ton ve hareketle bütünleşmiş bir kare. elinize sağlık.

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2012-08-25 22:39]

Hello Bulent,

You're capturing well this street scene by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see an art work on wall with imaginative rendition, and the woman who wears pink clothes and is walking. A art work looks as the mural painting of abstraction. The light is managed well, too.

Kind regards,

Howdy Bulent,

Fantastic image combining female alure with a beautiful mosaic rendition of van Gough's masterpiece.
I am very impressed by the artist's mosaic and it inspires me with my own outdoor mosaics.

Have a great Indian Summer,

PS: the next AC Cup World Series races are in San Francisco Bay - October 2nd - 7th.

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  • bona Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 122 N: 2844] (13739)
  • [2012-10-24 12:47]

Hi Bulent,

beautiful painel in the background you capture it very well and I like the inclusion of the woman in forgroun. Is funny that the girl don't stop to see the artwork. She directly pass more attentive to the conversation on the photo.
Good work

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2655 W: 1304 N: 2963] (38048)
  • [2013-07-06 1:35]

Hi Bulent

Thank you for the link! Gorgeous background, and the lady's cloth are in accordance with it. A good exampe of the everyday street life.
spend a good WE

Hi Bulent,
When I first looked at this picture I did not notice the work of art at all. So I can understand that other people may have been distracted as well. I like the pink color of the dress it bring so much joy here, it is so eye catching. Great idea to spend time. I have to try it someday.
Have a great weekend,

Hello Bulent,
the lady in pink must have been the most attractive of the oblivious passers by and, while in movement, she is excellently integrated to the scene, in great balance with the elements in the background. All her colours suit the scenery very well too. Your composition is superb, its clarity and lighting wonderful as well. Van Gogh's attitude towards his art is such an inspiration. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,

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