How Many REAL People Are In This Shot?

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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This is the world-famous mural in Quebec City, Canada – and as you probably know, the 17th-century city is World Heritage Listed. I shot this in September 2005, after waiting patiently for several minutes for the throng of tourists to clear. (270 views on 31 October 2010.)

The answer is simple. There is only one real person in the photo – the man wearing an olive-green baseball cap and a dark-blue jacket over his light-blue collared shirt. He was part of a tour group and was waiting for a family member (or friend) to take a shot of him against the huge mural.

All the others are simply figures in the mural. Situated in the Lower City, the soaring mural, which covers the side of a whole building, tells the story of more than 400 years of history. The piece of art is called La Fresque des Quebecois and I was told it is a collaborative work by a dozen artists from Canada and France.

The mural is five storeys high and if you’d care to see it in its entirety, simply check out Hit The Wall which is a 2008 post on my blog.

Unveiled in 1999, the 420-square metre artwork encompasses historical characters including Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain and Francois-Xavier Garneau. It is probably one of the most photographed sights in the Old City – so when I saw only one person in front of the mural, instead of the milling crowds, I simply had to hit the trigger immediately.

Shot with a Canon EOS 3000, using Kodak film.

Featured in WALL OF THE WORLD, August 2010.

Top 10 in WALL ART, August 2010.

Featured in PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE, August 2010.


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