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Dimensions2788 x 1700
Original file size3.59 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken14-Oct-10 03:26
Date modified14-Oct-10 19:52
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon PowerShot A550
Focal length23.2 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.5
Exposure1/60 at f/5.5
FlashNot fired, auto mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
ISO speedISO 250
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x


Medium: Silhouette paper-cut. Cut by hand using a scalpel.

Dimensions: 45 x 30 cm

Date: June 2009

From imagination.

According to Greek mythology, Atlas was a primordial Titan, doomed forever to bear the weight of the entire heavens of celestial spheres upon his shoulders.

Symbolically, therefore, he represents the suffering human being, burdened by the crushing weight of guilt, problems, and despair, and therefore comes to symbolise stoic endurance and strength. Meanwhile, the fragile paper-cut medium is a poignant reminder of the vulnerability of the human condition. A freehand sketch (on the reverse of the paper, hence a mirror image of the finished piece - see below) conveys exertion and energy, though hints at unravelling and disintegration.

Price: SOLD. In a private collection in Eye, England.