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1st Place Fear Of Letting Go
jagar


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Challenge: Fine Arts: Exhibit II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Color stuff
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Location: Figeac, France
Date: Mar 30, 2011
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.6s
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2011



Itís the day before turnover and Iím doing very well, not sure where this will land, but it doesnít matter because Iím over the moon with the score and all the comments. I prefer so many of the photos in this challenge to my own.

This was shot in an old and quite derelict house that i Ďm fixing up with a friend. The few props used were found lying around on site and the flowers were freshly picked from the garden. Thatís Chris in the chimney, he was also featured in the Agoraphobia shot in last weekís free study, i think he prefers the photo shoots more than the usual backbreaking stuff we get up to.

My take on it: The guy in the chimney thatís us, weíre trying our best to climb inside and hide our heads in our small confined realities. The flowers represent our insatiable desires, our hardheaded dualistic opinions and the things that we cherish and think will bring us lasting happiness. The decrepit surrounds represent the impermanent and changing nature of everything and the inevitability of loosing it all. The guy in the window, heís come to let us out, he knows its only by letting go and venturing out of our tiny worlds that we will find true peace. Heís been knocking on the door for ages so we can step into the vast outside, but his appearance is a bit frightening and foreign to us, so we donít answer, preferring to stay hidden, and to keep clinging on in the illusory and supposedly secure worlds weíve built, or something like that.


Really big thanks for all the generous votes and comments.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 167
Avg (all users): 7.4740
Avg (commenters): 8.5862
Avg (participants): 7.4713
Avg (non-participants): 7.4767
Views since voting: 7174
Views during voting: 470
Votes: 173
Comments: 72
Favorites: 29 (view)


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02/06/2013 12:36:33 PM
Ridiculous.
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06/08/2012 02:40:16 AM
this image is incredible and i loved reading your take on life .. so true .. or rather too true ..
and congrats in the may fs .. that was an amazing image .. going back to make a comment ..
ps .. i love your style .. :)

Message edited by author 2012-06-08 02:41:31.
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02/03/2012 04:36:06 PM
I've looked at this image many many times, but I have never until this moment seen the second guy on the left... The image that keeps on giving!
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08/03/2011 08:42:37 AM
amazing work!!! I would have given this a 10 had I been voting! Congrats on the ribbon!
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04/21/2011 09:39:32 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon!
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04/19/2011 09:45:43 PM
This is so amazing! What a creative genius you are!! CONGRATULATIONS on a win in such a hard-to-succeed challenge!
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04/19/2011 05:05:02 AM
Fantastic connections in here with lots of story. One hellava reno job though.
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04/19/2011 12:51:53 AM
Congrats on the ribbon and 3rd place by the judges. Not to take away from any of the honored images by the judges this is the only one I feel meets contemporary art. Again Congrats on an excellent image!
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04/18/2011 08:25:24 AM
The Buddha would have related....
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04/17/2011 10:20:19 AM
Story in a photo... Thumbs up for the great work you've done here. I am new in this site & I have browsed tens of posts but so far this is the best I have seen. Keep up the great work so we can learn from you...
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04/16/2011 11:08:58 PM
This is just... so wonderful! It was my top pick in the challenge.

HOW will you get the floors back in in the missing layer?? Or will it be open?
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04/16/2011 12:04:20 PM
Thank you so much for sharing your thought process, John. And congrats on what I knew would be a blue ribbon. Check out that commenter score!!!!
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04/16/2011 03:12:46 AM
John, huge congrats on the ribbon and double kudos on all the symbolism implied in your "take on it". Outstanding thinking and execution!!!
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04/15/2011 10:20:43 PM
Congrats on blue!
Great texture, color and execution!
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04/15/2011 02:57:45 PM
Congrats!!!! Love it!
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04/15/2011 01:06:32 PM
congratulations on the Blue with this fun and imaginative image (pardon the pun) :)
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04/15/2011 12:15:13 PM
Top marks for a superb image.Congratulations.
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04/15/2011 12:02:53 PM
One of the most thought-provoking images to have ever been entered on DPC. This image deserved to be in the 8+ range. Well done and well deserved!
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04/15/2011 10:58:16 AM
Huge congrats on the score and ribbon!
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04/15/2011 10:25:50 AM
Nice setup and execution. Congratulations!
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04/15/2011 10:11:18 AM
That place sure does need a little work but what a great place for a photo shoot! I love your interpretaion and you realized it very well - congratulations on your ribbon!
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04/15/2011 09:34:26 AM
Congrats!
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04/15/2011 09:25:17 AM
Congratulations. My top pick for the ribbon. I came back to this image several times. Very interesting and excellent study.
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04/15/2011 05:04:01 AM
Congratulations on the blue. Great image!
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04/15/2011 04:17:01 AM
Congratulations! I think I have a different interpretation and response to this image, every time I look at it.
Btw - colleague walked by this morning, saw your winning photo and said that this reminded him of the cover of Led Zeppelin's 4th album :). So I looked it up for you.
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04/15/2011 03:51:43 AM
Congratulations on your blue! Excellent work.
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04/15/2011 01:58:39 AM
Congratulations! This is so deserving of the blue.
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04/15/2011 01:18:40 AM
Congratulations on the Blue. Well done!
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04/15/2011 12:45:58 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon! Very well deserved!
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04/15/2011 12:26:27 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon!
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04/15/2011 12:22:29 AM
Well deserved, your are rocking! :)
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04/15/2011 12:19:02 AM
Nice job; one of my top picks. Congrats!
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04/15/2011 12:17:45 AM
Congrats..great image!
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04/15/2011 12:13:07 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon, John! Well done.
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04/15/2011 12:12:14 AM
Knew it. So glad this ribboned. Congrats!
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04/15/2011 12:11:08 AM
10 from me, very creative :)
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04/15/2011 12:10:53 AM
I'm extremely pleased that this won, and also quite pleased that my other 10 took 3rd, it's not often challenge entries land where I think they should.. :)
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04/15/2011 12:02:42 AM
Well done on your Blue.
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04/15/2011 12:02:30 AM
Knew this was a clear winner , congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/14/2011 10:34:33 PM
One of my two 10's for this challenge.. Excellent concept and execution.
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04/14/2011 10:16:49 PM
This is interesting. I love the set up and your arrangement of objects and the tulips. I don't really understand the title but I enjoy looking thru the scene while I try and figure it out.
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04/14/2011 12:19:22 PM
voted earlier...coming back to comment:

love the story, the composition, and the editing
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04/14/2011 12:19:21 PM
mind bending and interesting. Great colors as well.
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04/14/2011 06:16:23 AM
I find this such an interesting composition, nicely done!
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04/12/2011 09:18:08 PM
Oh my WORD! ! THIS IS AMAZINGLY Fine Arts! My top pick! (not voting)
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04/12/2011 05:21:41 PM
Great image, so very imagenitive!10
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04/11/2011 11:28:15 AM
Fantastic!
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04/11/2011 10:40:22 AM
AWESOME from SheZ
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04/11/2011 01:45:40 AM
OMG I LOVE THIS.. really Modern Artsy looking! and just a darn fine photograph as well!
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04/10/2011 10:09:24 PM
I think I know whose photo this is. Fantastic image. 10
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04/10/2011 08:21:49 PM
Fantastic, quirky and intriguing. I'd love to see a series put together into a book.
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04/10/2011 04:17:18 PM
This is excellent! It has a great sense of whimsy to it that I love. I also love the way you chose to frame it. And this place wherever it is looks like a fun spot to photograph. One of my top picks of the challenge!
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04/10/2011 02:29:59 PM
This is striking me as gyabanesque, although 21.gif jagar's recent winner also comes to mind. Of course, I'm notoriously awful at matching images to their photogs, and regardless, this is a top notch image.

Everything about it screams art to me - terrific imagination and creativity, amazing thought put into details and composition, masterful pp'ing. Absurdism meets surrealism, meets fantasy. My front page for sure, if not a ribbon.
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04/10/2011 09:51:28 AM
Fun and interesting shot. I find myself trying to find and hidden tulips.
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04/10/2011 02:39:11 AM
CREATIVE AND I LOVE IT!!
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04/09/2011 10:54:34 PM
So intriguing and interesting to look at. I am amazed how you managed to photograph this. It definitely seems more like a painting where one can place things whereever one wants, instead of a photograph. Remarkable!
A 10 from me, and I hope this does well for you
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04/09/2011 11:19:19 AM
Is that Freddy Krueger in the lower left? LOL I like the tulip theme that runs throughout. This is bizarre and certainly befitting of the Fine Art category. I can see this hanging in an exhibit at a gallery. Upon review, I'm wondering if this would fit more into the "contemporary" category. Doesn't really matter because it's a discussion that can go on ad infinitum.
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04/09/2011 06:56:45 AM
Awesome, ribbon contender.
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04/08/2011 11:40:57 PM
very, very nice. 9
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04/08/2011 10:59:30 PM
Perfect. real Art.
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04/08/2011 06:41:41 PM
So much to ponder here. What an active imagination you have. I can't imagine this was easy to set up and execute. Very well done.
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04/08/2011 03:32:42 PM
Very cool! Love the detail!
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04/08/2011 01:21:11 PM
Quirky and very effective. Plenty to maintain interest.
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04/08/2011 12:31:43 PM
Great work! And very interesting image.
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04/08/2011 10:23:41 AM
such an interesting shot. keeps my eyes moving(in a good way) to investigate all that's going on. 8
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04/08/2011 09:08:01 AM
Well done.
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04/08/2011 08:40:53 AM
Fascinating location and image.
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04/08/2011 08:37:04 AM
wow! very interesting scenery. That's a fun thing to look at. like also the pp. Very well done! - It's a winner for sure
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04/08/2011 08:15:41 AM
So wonderfully quirky! Love the colors, the processing, the texture, the Freddy Kruger type character peeking out the window, the story, and especially that tulip growing out of the wall! Awesome work! 10
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04/08/2011 08:07:58 AM
Wow. This is something else. Incredibly creative, interesting story, a couple lifetimes of effort, and perfectly executed. This is quite a piece of work.
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04/08/2011 03:44:14 AM
Wow! This is truly fine arts at its best. Very unique entry. Makes you wanna stop and analyze the photo. Strong chance for a ribbon! 10!
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04/08/2011 03:00:41 AM
Wonderfully quirky.
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