Sydney January 2014 (2 images)
The look of love
Is in your eyes
A look your smile can’t disguise
“The Look of Love” (1967) is a song composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and sung originally by Dusty Springfield. In 2008, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney displays many OBJECTs of art amongst its various gardens. One of these is a replica of the Venus Italica, a sculpture by Antonio Canova (1757-1822), commissioned as a replacement for the famous Medici Venus which had been seized by Napoleon in 1802 and removed to the Louvre (It was eventually returned). It depicts Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love, looking longfully to her left into the distance. It’s the quintessential “look of love”.
I quite like the way this statue has been positioned in the gardens, looking out to Sydney Harbour. Being a classical work, I also had to process this into black and white. Do you have a particular preference?