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The last Queen of England - H.M.Queen Anne (1665-1714 AD) by George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
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Another shot from the Square Mile series, when my good friend Shawn and I, walked around the area.

The statue of Queen Anne of Great Britain which stands outside the west front of St. Paul’s Cathedral (seen here on the left of the picture), shows which monarch ruled England at the time the cathedral was finally finished in 1710. This statue is not the original that was erected in 1712 and made by Francis Bird, but an exact (though some say inferior) replica made by Richard Belt in 1886 as the original had become dilapidated. It is a Grade I listed building, together with St. Paul’s Cathdral. The ladies around the base of the statue represent England, France, Ireland and North America, as at that time Anne considered herself to be queen of them all.

Anne became Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland on 8 March 1702, succeeding her brother-in-law, William III of England and II of Scotland.

On 1 May 1707, under the Acts of Union 1707, England and Scotland were united as a single sovereign state, the Kingdom of Great Britain. Anne became its first sovereign, while continuing to hold the separate crown of Queen of Ireland and the title of Queen of France. Anne reigned for twelve years until her death in August 1714. Anne was therefore the last Queen of England and the last Queen of Scots.

Despite her father’s Catholicism, Anne was brought up as a Protestant. On July 28th, 1683, Anne married Prince George of Denmark. She got pregnant on seventeen occasions but only gave birth to five living children all of whom died in childhood. Anne never enjoyed good health and this got worse as she got older. She died on 1 August 1714.

I’m not usually keen on using lens distortion for effect (quite the opposite, I usually straigthen out my shots), but in this case I thought that the extreme wide-angle distortion suited the subject well, as everything appears to be gravitating towards the centre frame, with the leading lines pulling the energy and power towards the monarch. Not a conventional composition by any means, but I like it :-)

[Sony a350, Sigma 10-20@10mm, f:5, 1/200sec, ISO-100, EV+1; HDR from a single RAW file & converted to BW]


Alternative view of St. Paul’s & Queen Anne

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Also available in colour


My grandfather was a serious amateur photographer in the ’20s and ’30s, leaving me a legacy of stereoscopic pictures and equipment. The bug passed through the genes to my father and to me. I started taking pictures seriously when I was 11 and I spent most of my teenage years in and out of the darkroom. University, work and kids put photography on pause but my first digital camera in 2006 re-kindled my interest. RB has given me a vehicle for sharing my work and for learning so much.

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Comments

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsalmost 5 years ago

    I love your take on this George

    fab shot mate

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • Thanks mate, glad you like it. This was part of our morning shoot on the day of the RB meet.

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • BCImages
    BCImagesalmost 5 years ago

    stunning image

  • Thanks Steve, I appreciate it!

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Tambala
    Tambalaalmost 5 years ago

    Yes, the converging lines really do work here – a striking imposing image! Excellent work my friend!

  • Thank you Tina, I’m glad you think so. It’s one of these unconventional shots that won’t appeal to everyone. :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Mark Tull
    Mark Tullalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely tones, great work ;o)

  • Thanks Mark – You won’t believe how long it took me to decide whether to go with the mono or colour version! I’m happy you like it. :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot George! Love it!

  • Thanks very much Nathalie :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot..

  • Thanks Jason, I appreciate it! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much Francis! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Appel
    Appelalmost 5 years ago

    I love the way this worked out! I absolutely love it – the tones, composition, angles – it all works beautifully together! A fav for me!!!

  • Thank you so much for the favoring Ann, glad you like it :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinalmost 5 years ago

    I actually LOVE the distortion!! Perfect for this scene!!
    Also love you processing!

  • I had a feeling you might enjoy this :-)) I’m sure it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but hey! it’s nice to experiment… :^) Thanks

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • ChristineBetts
    ChristineBettsalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much Christine! I am honoured :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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