Knoxville Daily Photo will post one photo per day taken from the Knoxville/Knox County, Tennessee area. Knoxville is the city of my birth, the place where I work, and the largest city near our hometown. It's a wonderful community in which to raise our family. It's really a beautiful place . . . . at least I think so.

I am not a professional photographer; I call myself a point & shoot photographer. I have had a genuine love for and interest in photography since childhood. My camera is a Nikon Coolpix S600 ~ which I love for many reasons that I won't list here. Sometimes I use my old camera which is a Nikon Coolpix 5900.

Photography is something that I enjoy immensely. My photographs & albums are treasured above all other material things I own. The memories that are captured and preserved through my camera are so precious.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

November Theme Day: Books

I was unsure about posting a photo of this statue of Alex Haley holding a book for the November theme day. . . but then, after much thought, I posted it because, first of all, the statue appeals to me for it's beauty and message, and second, because the main focus of the statue (after Alex Haley) is the book he is holding. I thought, why not, this seems perfect to me!

Quoted from the website:

"Alex Haley Square is a part of Morningside Park in east Knoxville. The park is renown across the United States for having the only 12 foot high bronze statue of author and Pulitzer prize winner Alex Haley. Haley is best known for his book "Roots," in which he traced his origins back to Africa. His book was made into an acclaimed television mini-series.

The statue is the focal point of the park. It was designed by sculptress Tina Allen and cast in bronze in New York City. The statue weighs 4,200 pounds and was dedicated in February 1998 during Black History Month."

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Anonymous said...

I really like Alex. I like the idea of using him for theme day too.

I forgot about theme day today so I just found some of the books I wrote and took a photo and published that. Too late to be included in the group but it worked for me. LOL

Tanya said...

I think it's perfect for theme day Hope. I loved Roots. Your daughter looks so teeny next to the huge statue!

JM said...

Great choice for theme day. Your little girl seems surprised with the size of the reader :-)

marley said...

This is perfect for theme day, its good to see a different take on the theme. I like your daughter in the photo, gives a real sense of the statues size.

Gwyn said...

Greetings from Juneau (Alaska) Daily Photo!
This statue is simply amazing. You picked a magnificent subject to photograph for theme day. Haley's "Roots" is one of my favorites.
Have a great Saturday!

Jackie said...

That's a great picture for theme day. I'm glad you included your little girl in the picture, so we can see just how enormous the statue is!

Marcel said...

I think your post choice was a good one and I also think the contrast of your cute daughter standing next to the statue is superb.

Jilly said...

A perfect choice for today. Love your photograph and Roots was and is such an important book. Well done. So perfect with the little girl in the photograph too.

Chuck Pefley said...

This is a wonderful statue and I'm very pleased you decided to choose it. The little girl provides a wonderful sense of scale. Haley is truly a giant in both our historical and literary world. Bravo!

There is a somewhat similar statue of Haley in Annapolis, MD but with some bronze children at his feet.


Laurie said...

This is perfect, HOpe. I love your sweet little munchkin princess looking up at the sculpture. I LOVE this shot.

Jim said...

You were right to post. Who could ever forget Roots. I didnt read the book, but saw the miniseries. I like the statue and would have never knew about it.

jill said...

This is a great interpretation for theme day Hope. Roots is an important book and the tribute to Mr. Haley is most appropriate.

Kuanyin Moi said...

Oh...this is great...the small and the large! Fabulous!

Jules said...

Love the statue - especially his glasses.

Hilda said...

I think you made a great decision featuring Alex Haley's statue, Hope! He's a writer — no books without them right? And not just any ol' writer too!

Your daughter sure looks awe-struck by the size of the statue! Adorable!

rob said...

The girl just asked him something, he stopped reading and he's thinking and he's about to answer..... great shot!

D.C. Confidential said...

What a wonderful way to represent this month's theme. Alex Haley is one of the great literary heroes of the 20th century.

Happy Theme Day!

gogouci said...

Thanks for sharing this image. Firstly, because it is a great picture. Secondly, because it is a perfect depiction of the day's theme. Haley and his writings are so influential to our generation's tolerence and growth.

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"With gratitude and great pleasure I would like to pass the award to these photography bloggers:

Hope of Knoxville Daily Photo. Hope can squeeze images out of her Nikon Coolpix that will astonish you. The photographs of her kids capture the essence of childhood and a mother's love with the same poignancy and joy of the paintings of Mary Cassatt..."

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