Mysterious Statues


These amazing statues from Burning Man lived on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building for about three years. Entitled "Passage," the work was created by Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito. "Crouching Spider" by Louise Bourgeois has since replaced them.
I used a wide-angle lens for this shot for two reasons. First, to fit the entire scene in the frame. Second, to use the distorted perspective to add mystery. Backlighting amplifies the mood. Is the figure embracing the city or attacking it?
The statues lend themselves to many interpretations. Their sheer scale alone makes them impressive. From the front, they can be seen as warm and welcoming. At other angles they can seem cold and cruel.
I hoped they would stay there forever and was sad to see them leave.