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UploadedNovember 15, 2009
TakenNovember 14, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D3
Exposure1/125 sec at f/14
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Focal Length28 mm
ISO200
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The dark basement of the foundry is home to Turlough Carolan. For 16 years he has worked amidst the burning metals, sharp blue lights and ominous steel beams. Where the sky is veiled by the choking fumes of sulphates. He does not belong here yet this is where he ended up. As a boy he wanted to be a ballerina but as he grew in both height and flesh he felt his dream seep away as sure as the metals he dissolved. until one day he met Gabriella. Gabriella, the daughter of one of the steel workers spent many unsupervised hours at the foundry and would often explore the catacombs beneath it's belly. This led her to Turlough. Sad and unfulfilled he let her know of his boyhood dream. And with time an extraordinary friendship emerged between the two that allowed them both to throw into the shade their past shackles, shine and dance the hidden language of their souls.

In the story Ballerina Obscura.

29 responses

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (22 Nov 2009):

    You're insane. Marry me?!! Love it!!!!!!

  • Lee Tonks

    Lee Tonks said (23 Nov 2009):

    sorry bruce I am married, but I will definately keep your name on the list just in case things dont work out. Cheers

    Lee

  • Misty Briggs

    Misty Briggs gave props (25 Nov 2009):

    Such a cool shot!

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (26 Nov 2009):

    this is such a great series of photos! I love the humor, very clever!

  • Lee Tonks

    Lee Tonks said (26 Nov 2009):

    thank you very much

  • caitlin rams

    caitlin rams gave props (29 Nov 2009):

    this is awesome!

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (30 Nov 2009):

    Ka-raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazeeeeeeeeee. Love it!

  • Rosemarie Ouellette

    Rosemarie Ouellette (Deleted) said (1 Dec 2009):

    Fabulous, nothing less than perfect.

    (the letters behind the dancers are driving me nutz. 'foundry'?)

  • Lee Tonks

    Lee Tonks said (1 Dec 2009):

    Foundry...a metal working place,somewhere that they melt metals and alloys into steel beams etc. This guy is the janitor who lives in the basement below the foundry, all his life he wanted to be a ballerina, when he was 6 years old it seemed possible but by the age of 11 he was 6ft 2" tall and weighed 220lbs,he felt his dream slipping away,but now he has a friendship with a child dancer and he feels alive again, but only in the basement

  • Nancy Berman

    Nancy Berman gave props (9 Dec 2009):

    LOL. How funny!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (9 Dec 2009):

    Wow, you captured a really poignant and important story, that for some reason has gone above eveyone's head??????????? Bravo for trying!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lee Tonks

    Lee Tonks said (9 Dec 2009):

    Thank you Sonia

  • Jacqui Graham

    Jacqui Graham said (10 Dec 2009):

    That is a beautiful story and it was captured wonderfully. That one is a winner.

  • Giampaolo Dal

    Giampaolo Dal gave props (10 Dec 2009):

    I loved the picture, the humor and above all the story, compliments!!

  • Alain Meessen

    Alain Meessen gave props (13 Dec 2009):

    ou earn it

  • Patricia Mckay

    Patricia Mckay said (13 Dec 2009):

    That is soooooo precious!!!

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller said (16 Dec 2009):

    What a fabulous study, story and gorgeous visual !

    Thank you !

  • Heaven Man

    Heaven Man gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    Back to vote!!:)

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (1 Jan 2010):

    This is just plain WONDERFUL RAD for sure. LuvIt ! HNY 2010 Lee. dp

  • Hazel Fitzpatrick

    Hazel Fitzpatrick said (22 Jan 2010):

    aaaw i love it

  • Luiza Florenzano

    Luiza Florenzano gave props (11 Feb 2010):

    This is amazing! Perfect!

  • Marek Glinka

    Marek Glinka gave props (23 Feb 2010):

    voted!

  • Digital Imageer

    Digital Imageer said (24 Feb 2010):

    It tugs the raw emotions! Beautiful capture.

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    How sweet of that child.

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    This is so moving! What a fabulous shot and story. This is the kind of thing movies are made of. Great work!

  • Heather Crawford

    Heather Crawford said (5 Mar 2010):

    I LOVE your photo essays you two! Awesome!

  • Mila Reynaud

    Mila Reynaud said (5 Mar 2010):

    Nice collaboration !!Lov it !Voted !

  • Emma What?

    Emma What? said (6 Mar 2010):

    ballet lessons are getting expensive

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (21 Sep 2010):

    Simply P E R F E C T !

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