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Green Man


Though the term Green Man was coined only recently by Lady Raglan, in 1939,
he's been around forever, everywhere!


In today's vernacular, I wonder if a Green Man is synonymous with eco-friendly?
(as seen in Brussels, Belgium, last July, 2008)

Have a green weekend!


Green Man


Though the term Green Man was coined only recently by Lady Raglan, in 1939,
he's been around forever, everywhere!


In today's vernacular, I wonder if a Green Man is synonymous with eco-friendly?
(as seen in Brussels, Belgium, last July, 2008)

Have a green weekend!


comments (43)

  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 10 Jul 2009, 00:15
He has a nice smile for such a burly looking guysmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Sometimes those big guys are the teddy bears of the world, Sherri. grin I love it. Thanks.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 10 Jul 2009, 01:27
A wondrous sculpture, so well photographed... by now I feel I've seen every statue in Brussels, smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, Larry, not by a long shot, I'm sure. smile Actually, this is only a carving over the door of some building, so I didn't even think of it as a statue, per se. As you know, Europe is full of stuff like this! Thanks.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Jul 2009, 01:34
very mischievous smile. well composed I must say.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, SAVO. There does seem to be an imp in these green men, for sure. smile
Impressive capture Ginnie, really like the intricate details of this fascinating sculpture. Great exposure and contrasts and perfect tones.
Ginnie Hart: As always, thank you, John. I recall that this was at the top of some doorway/arch somewhere. As you know, Europe has a flare for such detail. smile
This reminds me of Nero from the movie Quo Vadis...good catch
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Debola. Somehow, I don't think of him as a "green man," however! sad
He has a very nice face even though the eyes go a bit askew.
Wonderful processing bought very cool tones.
Ginnie Hart: HA! The green man has wayward eyes! grin Oh well, I guess he has to pay attention to everything. Thanks, Michael.
  • Onada
  • United States
  • 10 Jul 2009, 05:02
I like it! Very interesting piece and you captured it perfectly!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Onada. I love finding stuff like this. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Jul 2009, 05:38
A good-humoured forest man...someone just told him a funny story...or, his wife was extra-friendly this morning...[grin]

You gaze upon your world with a unique eye for the interesting and marvellous, Ginnie...its always a pleasure to see a fresh image on your blog.
Ginnie Hart: HA! The stories he could tell from what he sees, Ray, for sure! And thank you for your vote of confidence, kind sir. You know how to make my day.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Jul 2009, 06:09
This is a great sculpture, all the details are amazing, he smiles....TGIF....wink
Great tones....
Ginnie ik hoop en weet dat jij ook een goed weekend zal hebben, please with many strikes.. wink
IHVJ MLS
Ginnie Hart: Yes, he smiles, MLMA. I think he has something up his sleeve. grin And yes, I hope for many strikes and spares today. Maybe I'll be in rare form, who knows! smile Ontzettend bedankt.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Jul 2009, 07:08
Yes, a very impressive sculpture- what a living facial expression as if he just wanted to say some ironical- witty- charming words! One of our SC bloggers is a 'Green Man' or a Spezi about 'Green Men', but as I see he is still somnolent in the woods of his dreams- he may say that the Green Man is quite more than "eco- friendly'! It is a great pic! Where in Brussels did you find him?
Ginnie Hart: I don't remember where I found him, Philine, but I'm remembering that he was over the doorway of some big building near the city center. I should have paid better attention. I just found out that Chris spends half of his life (he says) seeking these green men out, so I wonder if you're referring to him? I had no idea! smile
  • Aussie
  • Cedar Vale
  • 10 Jul 2009, 07:11
Did you use the texture filter for this, because it has a lovely texture to it.
The artist decided to have his eyes looking up instead of at the viewer.
Ginnie Hart: No texture for this, Aussie, but I did do some PS twiddling for an HDR effect. I never know if it works the way I intended but at least it is something different. Thanks. I think the artist was in a good mood that day. smile
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jul 2009, 08:13
Now I wonder what this figure is looking at ? His eyes are looking up ta something to his right. I like the textures and colouring in this.
Ginnie Hart: He definitely has something up his sleeve, Alan. smile Gotta love these green men. Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jul 2009, 08:37
Love this shot Ginnie, reminds me of Hastings May bank holiday is Jack in the Green weekend. I really must go next year as I have missed two years now.
Wonderful detail. Have a great weekend Musketeer smile
Ginnie Hart: I know you love Hastings, Tracy. Jack in the Green weekend sounds like a great time. Yes, go back! smile Thanks, lieve Musketeer.
Fine capture Ginnie. Great tones as usual!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Jul 2009, 09:02
Nice pic Ginnie: I spend hallf my life seeking these out

http://people.bath.ac.uk/liskmj/greenman/index.htm
Ginnie Hart: Just when I thought I knew all about you, Chris!!! grin Thanks for this added tidbit.
I suspect he embodies the revenge nature will surely have one day. Enjoy the week-end Ginnie ;o)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mike...he will have the last laugh, I'm afraid! Thanks. smile
  • navin
  • india
  • 10 Jul 2009, 09:47
Nice shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Navin.
very well centered
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Chantal.
He has a sort of eco friendly face, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Chad. smile
  • namaki
  • France
  • 10 Jul 2009, 11:32
I don't know if my weekend will be green ... but it's not very sunny sofar !
Ginnie Hart: I think "green" works even when it's not sunny, Namaki. grin That's the good news. Merci.
  • david
  • United States
  • 10 Jul 2009, 11:54
iteresting the term is so recent, you see these around on so many ancient buildings all over europe. what was he called before then?

oh, good shot again!
Ginnie Hart: Good question, David! I have no clue. One of those pieces of trivia that makes you wonder. smile Thanks.
I've been seeing the Green Man alot recently Ginnie!I've been doing a pottery course on a Saturday morning and one of the people I'm doing it with has actually made a modelled a ceramic Green Man. It looks great too.
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing we're paying more attention to him these days, Bernie, as we become more eco-friendly. He makes a good icon for the movement! I love that you've been trying your hand at pottery. That somehow feels very eco-friendly, too. smile Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 10 Jul 2009, 13:13
he's mildly charming and menacing both at the same time.. this is a great capture though.. great details and toning.. smile
Ginnie Hart: He looks like he's got something up his sleeve to me, Rian. grin Thanks.
Nice capture, especially after the signature "Hart" processing smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Kunle. Thank you.
I would imagine the Green Man is top of the charts these days Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I 'spect so, Ron! Good. smile
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 10 Jul 2009, 17:03
great expression on this man. nicely shot with a superb compo!
Ginnie Hart: I love these fellas, Liang. smile Thanks.
An old heathen symbol the green man is. This is a friendly one+ I remember reading that he usually was a grim person in the old days.
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing you're right, Wim. He's probably been greatly "modified" over time. smile Bedankt.
  • Andy
  • United States
  • 10 Jul 2009, 20:26
Really like the texture in this photo. Nice shot.
Ginnie Hart: Nothing like the old "textures" of Europe, Andy! smile thanks.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 10 Jul 2009, 20:38
I think we all are living green, without even knowing it! With CF/SD cards, digital media, etc. smile Very interesting art here, Ginnie. I have to admit, I didn't know what a Green Man was... excellent processing once again.
Ginnie Hart: You've probably seen him often but just didn't know what he was called, Mia?! Thanks.
Again nicely seen Ginnie, I remember Chris saying before that he looked out for these things when he goes places.
Ginnie Hart: I love knowing that Chris is the vigilant "keeper" of these fellas. smile Thanks, Brian.
  • Nathan
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • 10 Jul 2009, 21:31
Great lighting, the textures look amazing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Nathan.
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 10 Jul 2009, 21:38
Have you ever wonder how did the sculptor decide where to put the eye balls? Which direction shall the character be staring at? But no matter what if I were a sculptor I would never have the eyes looking straight ahead (at yourself), because that would be pretty scary everytime you step back to look at it. It will follow you wherever you move to... smile
Ginnie Hart: This reminds me of a photo that was taken of my g'pa eons ago, Ti. It was in the family cottage upstairs hallway and and it scared the bejesus outta me because his eyes followed you wherever you were. That was so creepy! So yes, you're right! grin
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Jul 2009, 02:00
It reminds me of my brother. No he is not a Green Man - just the looks.
Did you scale a pole to get this close to the subject? Great result though.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I wonder if the sculptor had someone in mind when he carved this?! grin No, Louis, I did not scale any heights to capture this!! I don't even remember where it was...except over a doorway somewhere.
  • Kay
  • Portland OR
  • 11 Jul 2009, 03:49
Hope your weekend is green too, Ginnie!
Excellent capture as always smile
Ginnie Hart: Ohhh, thank you, Kay. It's been pretty hot, thus far! sad
  • kiji
  • France
  • 11 Jul 2009, 06:21
Hi

I love such details! Great shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank, Kiji. It would be fun to collect these everywhere. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 11 Jul 2009, 14:13
What a strange facial expression he has. I like the way you present this.
Have a nice weekend too!
Ginnie Hart: From what Wim says, these guys keep getting friendlier and friendlier over Time. grin Thanks, Frida.
very interesting capture, nice work ...
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Mohammadreza. Thanks.
Such a congenial fellow! I must say, I don't think his eyes are askew at all. I think he's just spotted a lovely lady in the crowd and is thinking, "If only I could get out of here - we could do dinner..."
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love your creative mind, Linda. That sounds like a delightful take on this congenial fella! smile
  • Marie
  • France
  • 11 Jul 2009, 23:13
wouaw, magnifique composition, aux belles couleurs et matières.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Marie, for stopping by and commenting!
Chris is an expert on green men....only green thing about himgrin
Ginnie Hart: HA! I have really had fun finding this out about Chris. I didn't realize it till now, with this post! smile
interesting capture!! very nice
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Olivier.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 12 Jul 2009, 16:29
What a face!!! Love how you captured him!!!
Ginnie Hart: He loves making faces all day long. Marcie. It's his lot in life. grin Thanks.
its is kinda of creepy, but cool...
Ginnie Hart: He's a lot more bark than bite, Ryan, I'm sure of it. grin Thanks.

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