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In Greek mythology, Medusa (one of the three Gorgon sisters) was a monstrous female character; gazing upon her could turn onlookers to stone. She was beheaded by the human hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head as a weapon until giving it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield.

In a late version of the Medusa myth, related by the Roman poet Ovid, Medusa was originally a beautiful nymph, “the jealous aspiration of many suitors,” but when she was raped by the “Lord of the Sea” Poseidon in Athena’s temple, the goddess transformed her beautiful hair to serpents and she made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn a man to stone.

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  • Deborah  Bowness
    Deborah Bownessabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic image! The toning, DOF, everything is just perfect, Well Done!

  • Trish Mistric
    Trish Mistricabout 7 years ago

    Well done. Great angle and contrast. Thanks for the history.

  • Heather Davies
    Heather Daviesabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful strong tones, fantastic composition and depth, and love the words!!! :D

  • nannajul
    nannajulabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful lighting here Paul, Lovely work

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 7 years ago

    This is so beautifully framed!

  • abefleur
    abefleurabout 7 years ago

    the framing and tones and lighting you have given these has really brought them to life – just brilliant :)

  • Paul Tupman
    Paul Tupmanabout 7 years ago

    Thank you all for your fantastic comments.. :-)

  • alterego
    alteregoabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic shot, great lighting, a brilliant addition to the light and reflection group.

  • shall
    shallabout 7 years ago

    God this is good, statues can be very hard to photograph..Well!.. you did it here, brilliantly!

  • Paul Tupman
    Paul Tupmanabout 7 years ago

    Thank you so much Emma and shall… :-)

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