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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Pigeon Queen


This photograph, which I have titled the “Pigeon Queen” is one of all time favourites of mine. The older woman surrounded by the pigeons. They were crowding around her, sitting on her hands and coming close to her head as if in an attempt of a thank you kiss. I am sure these sky rats were fed very well by the lady and all that affection had a very down to earth reasons in shape of bread crumbs. There are a lot of dynamic elements here created by the pigeons, with the main focus in shape of the bird with folded forward wings just about to land in front of the woman’s face. And then, there is her look. No, she is not looking at me. She has her gaze firmly set on the bird sitting on her arm. Quite a special scene – fairytale like.

Fat bottomed girl


In 1978 I was only 16 and Queen just released their Jazz album with the memorable text:
“Oh won’t you take me home tonight?
Oh down beside your red firelight,
Oh and you give it all you got
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round”

Seeing this girl in the centre of Sydney today brought instant recollection of this song. Before I get hanged by politically correct crowd for publishing this photograph the artwork of Jazz record contained many naked girls on bicycles included many with clearly identifiable faces in comparison this anonymous girl’s photo is is not even poor imitation of the original.