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A Bigger Splash

When British artist, David Hockney, painted his canvas A Bigger Splash (see photo below) in Malibu, California, in the early summer of 1967, it was the record of a typical warm, sunny, cloudless day. From the position of the shadows cast by the building and the chair, it would have been midday when the sun is highest in the sky and the heat is most intense. The solitary figure, just dived into the pool, has been deliberately overwhelmed by the strength and composure of the rest of the composition. The hidden depths of this picture take longer to assimilate than its immediate joyful and decorative appeal …

I, on the other hand, took the photograph A Bigger Splash (above) in Cala Mesquida, Capdepera, Mallorca, in the late winter of 2010. It was a rather untypically warm, sunny day with some clouds. The composition is completely different, with more emphasis on the waves’ persistent surge and their urgent break. Midday has turned into early afternoon; the sun is low; any heat is absent. The light is not intense; no shadows are cast.

Both images are strong, one for its composition of superficiality, the other for its thrilling display of the force of nature.

The photo (top) was taken near Capdepera, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 18th, 2010. The time was 14:30:29. The photo (bottom) was taken from the Internet. My thanks go to

Thank you very much also to David Hockney for his inspiration.

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