Diving

飛び込み

22 October 2009, United Kingdom
Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012
designed by Julian Opie ( born 1958 )

During this Olympic games I watched several sports which I was not familiar with.  One of them was Diving – throw oneself from a high board, perform acrobatic rotations or twists within a second or two and enter the water with minimum splash… the TV cameras showed great details of control of muscles in the air.

My first feature of a stamp on London 2o12 Olympic Games is designed by an artist, Julian Opie, who is good at capturing flexible movement of the human body.

大企業の過剰コマーシャルにはうんざり、と思いつつも、これだけ盛り上がるとやっぱり観てしまうオリンピック。普段あまり目にしない競技で思いのほか楽しんだのは「飛び込み」です。特に、細やかな筋肉の動きがあちこちから狙う望遠カメラで仔細に映し出され、飛び込み台の高さを実感できるのもおもしろかった。選手たちが揃って男前だった、というのもありますが、、、。

という訳で、今年のオリンピックを取り上げた切手として、最初にジュリアン・オピーのこの一枚を紹介します。たくさんの選手を観たのちに、この線描は良くしなやかな動きをとらえているなぁ、と感心したので。

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