Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Flag Over Carved Deck

photo by Steve Elkins
Steve and I were at the yard yesterday for a meeting with a film scout,
who wanted to examine the Wedding Gondola for an upcoming film shoot.  While I talked with the studio rep, I handed Steve my digital camera and gave him that look that says "shoot whatever looks good".  Steve is one fo my favorite photographers - he usually shoots on film, but he managed to get some great images with my Olympus.  I'm sure the pictures would have been even better if he was using actual film.

The carvings on this boat were done by the legendary "Il Santo",
who was known for his allegorical characters.  The port side deck shows a crowned female character on an aquatic horse with two male servants in front of her. On the other side of the bowdeck, it's a male character with two female ones ahead.  Around the docks we call the two royal entities "Neptune and Neptuna". 
Two days earlier Steve was brushing a fresh coat of black paint on Il Santo's "Neptuna" and her minions. 

I wonder if he knew he'd be taking pictures of his own work when he had a paintbrush in his hand.

Nice work all around, Steve.
Great painting, great photo!

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