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Merman and his seven son by NightSheep Merman and his seven son by NightSheep
Now here is a story to tell about...

I was walking around in Copenhagen and standing at a bridge. Then I looked down... and like in a movie, I saw vague people figures! WTF! (Yes, I was scared for 2 seconds).

This photo is a long exposure shot from above. The statue is UNDER WATER! (Hence the strong light which I couldn't avoid top right).

The long exposure time made this photo quite bright. So I darkened it to a level of which I thought it was when I first saw it. (It needs to bit more vague actually.).

Now the story behind the statue

Suste Bonnén - Agnete and the Merman (”Agnete og Havmanden” ) - 1992. The canal by Højbro Square, Copenhagen.

According to a Danish folk legend, Agnete was a young peasant girl who was walking by the shore as a merman emerged from the waves and offered her his hand. Agnete fell in love with him immediately and went to the bottom of the sea with him, where she gave birth to his seven sons. After eight years, however, as she was sitting by the crib of her youngest son, Agnete heard the sound of churchbells ringing from her old village, and she felt homesick. She got permission from the merman to go to church, on the one condition that she would come back to him after mass. But of course, once on land again, Agnete found that she missed the church and her family too much, and she wouldn’t return.

In Suste Bonnén’s sculpture, the merman and his seven sons are pleading for Agnete to return to them, stretching out their arms towards her. Bonnén made the brilliant move of placing her sculpture under water, in a Copenhagen canal, where the merman and his sons seem obscure and distant and never fully visible, as fairy tale-creatures ought to be. Also, she has neglected to make a sculptural representation of Agnete, thus seemingly making the spectator the object of the merman’s attention, and emphasising the spectator’s potential identification with the capricious girl.
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AlexMoby Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Interesting. Too bad this tale is unknown outside of Denmark.

However, I wonder why he has legs instead of fins, since he's a merman.
AleksandraTorbina Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the story!! I was searching for it the whole last day but couldn't find! Thank you so much! :D
NightSheep Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome Zombie Sasha. (After having watched all 3 Resident Evil movies, I love zombies! :D)
AleksandraTorbina Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
haha )) an OLD nickname..))
btw, lovely gallery!
NightSheep Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you thank you :bow:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
Ah... Yeh, I remember it. Interesting place in a sence that I had never seen anything similar before that. Thanks for the story - didn't know it :)
NightSheep Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I immediately googled it when I got back. I found it such an interesting view in the water!
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Submitted on
September 11, 2009
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Canon EOS 40D
Shutter Speed
30/1 second
Focal Length
28 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 11, 2009, 9:59:13 PM