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1st PlaceThe Passage

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Challenge: World Enough and Time (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Jan 7, 2016
Date Uploaded: Jan 7, 2016

Do you remember your first reaction when you understood that you were actually going to die one day?
I do. I was about 4 years old, we were playing some board game with a friend. All of a sudden, he told me: "you know, it is nice that we can play now, because we won't be able to do so when we're dead". It was quite a shock: no more game for me! It may sound ridiculous, but playing those games was such an enjoyment, that the idea of a total lack of it was too much for the little kid I was. Of course, that whole concept was very mysterious, so in the evening, I tried to ask my mother about it. She seemed embarrassed, didn't really know what to answer, and simply tried to explain that I shouldn't bother about it.

I didn't really buy that explanation, and as I grew up, I gathered more information from other sources. I soon realized that people had various reactions about death. Some were answering with religion, telling about another life after death, supposedly wonderful. Loads of persons also didn't know what to answer, and seemed to live pretending that death didn't exist at all. Then, others simply explained that in doubt, life should be enjoyed as much as possible. Carpe Diem.

Within that last category, there are of course various ways of taking advantage of life. This is personally where I have difficulties: what risk to take, in the name of living a worthy life, and what risk not to take, in order to avoid shortening it too much? Is asking that question already a sign of weakness? Should I always do whatever comes to mind regardless of the potential consequences? Or as a contrary, should I simply spend the next day working, cooking, and keeping the house warm for my family? This is a great dilemma. Usually, I like spending lots of time thinking about a situation, measuring pros and cons, but of course, here time is not on my side. Not on our side, sadly. Or is it?

Anyways, thank you so much for the kind feedback. You all clearly are a part of the answers I seek.

Place: 1 out of 35
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01/17/2016 06:15:22 PM
*sigh* Why don't I come up with ideas like this? But glad that you do, huge congrats yet again! :-)
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01/17/2016 01:11:27 PM
Congratulations, Christophe!

Another fine image to be proud of.

It looks to me as if your mouth is smiling... so I'm glad you explained in your comments.
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01/16/2016 08:08:33 PM
You looked back. Predictable finish.

Message edited by author 2016-01-16 20:09:06.
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01/16/2016 06:20:35 PM
It's funny how I haven't been on for about 2 years (?) and yet I can recognize your images. Not just because you're in them but because of the distinct style you have.

I felt that this image fit the challenge topic really well on it's own and with your explanation even more so now.

Thanks for sharing the image and the accompanying thought!
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01/16/2016 01:05:43 PM
So well done as usual, congratulations on the blue.
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01/16/2016 09:07:58 AM
I can relate to what you said about dying. I remember sitting on my sisters bed, (I think I was about 9 or 10) and having a conversation with her about death. I can recall talking about how I just can't imagine not ever living again, not ever laughing or playing or talking or breathing. I thought to myself how can this life be all there is, what's the purpose and point of it all, what are we doing here, what happens when we die.

Fast forward around 20yrs and all my perplexing questions were answered, amazing when you know!!! Actually amazing is an understatement.

Hope you find the answers soon. I get the feeling you want to know judging by all the notes you leave behind.

Message edited by author 2016-01-16 10:03:29.
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01/15/2016 01:18:51 PM
Congrats on the blue; well deserved, as usual.
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01/15/2016 10:33:54 AM
Yes, your ability to complete the concept to reality cycle is impressive. Always looking forward to your next works. Congrats!
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01/15/2016 10:07:39 AM
In every Expert challenge you always manage to both set the bar and deliver on the results. Wonderful image. Congrats on the Blue.
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01/15/2016 08:27:13 AM
I always loved your work! you do have stories in your images and your images says whole lot of things.
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01/15/2016 05:05:55 AM
Love your image and love your story even more! It's a very recognizable dilemma. Congrats on again a wonderful Blue!
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01/15/2016 12:09:59 AM
I am glad this finished in first place, it was by far the he best entry.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/14/2016 11:25:47 PM
Orpheus redux? Don't look back!!!
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01/14/2016 11:07:28 AM
Nice job. Are sucked in or blown out of the tunnel? try to figure it out. An 8 from me and the Red Dragon Award.' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/160000-164999/163081/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1173262.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/160000-164999/163081/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1173262.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
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01/14/2016 10:31:34 AM
a 9
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01/14/2016 05:42:02 AM
Can't beat that!
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01/09/2016 02:12:28 PM
This is very artistic and creative, it is my favorite for sure.
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