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Uncle Sam's Prescribed Relief!
Uncle Sam's Prescribed Relief!

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Challenge: Death (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Hesperia, Cold Concrete Garage Floor
Date: Nov 29, 2006
Aperture: 5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 13
Galleries: Emotive, Horror
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2006

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This had to have been the hardest image I have ever taken. Of those of you who have seen some of my work, you know death suicide and stuff is something I shoot often. yet for this one, it was very hard.

I have had the idea for a while, there is a whole set of ideas I want to shoot that is self induced pain basicly. I was thinking more of having models other than myself... but I started thinking about doing this one today even before I saw the death challenge. For my project images.

Well, For the past seven years or so, I have had serious back issues. It keeps me from holding regular jobs, and drives me crazy because I believe in HARD WORK, Manual Labor is mostly All I have known. Now, I can't continue to do that, and have to find my place elsewhere. Yet, I don't have any insurance except for Uncle Sam, The injury was determined to be caused by the Military, so they will give me drugs to 'block' the pain instead of treating it....

So why was this image hard for me? I don't know really, except maybe that I was thinking of the people who become fully dependent on differnt types of pills to survive daily activies, and I choose to live with a certain amount of pain so I don't become dependent. As I was laying there, drooling out toothpaste, I was getting physcialy sick to my stomache, I had only taken about 4-5 images before I could not go on.

Over dose on medications is a very common way for people to attempt/commit suicide. These 'Prescribed Reliefs' are easy to get as candy.

Place: 145 out of 227
Avg (all users): 4.9352
Avg (commenters): 4.8889
Avg (participants): 4.7160
Avg (non-participants): 5.0667
Views since voting: 790
Views during voting: 408
Votes: 216
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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12/13/2006 03:11:56 AM
I was so suprised to see that this photo wasn't in the top ten - never mind so far down the rankings. I was very impressed by it - the texture, graininess and darkness add to the overall sense of sadness, desperation,seediness. I find it powerful, and it certainly had the most profound effect on me of any photo in the challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/12/2006 07:14:41 PM
i realy dontlike the texture and the fact that there are pills on his face
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12/11/2006 09:15:11 PM
Silly man, your supposed to SWALLOW the pills, not spill them on the table and stick them to your face!
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12/11/2006 02:19:30 PM
I love the pills stuck on his face and the noisy processing. 7
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12/10/2006 08:15:10 PM
a strong, gutsy image
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12/10/2006 03:20:48 PM
The message is just right for the challenge, but it seems a little too far with the tablets glued to the model's face.
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12/08/2006 02:48:15 PM
So, the American goverment wants to kill all Americans? Don't get the title, but the photo is nice
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12/08/2006 06:53:12 AM
Empty pill bottles would have been more convincing if it was suicide you are envoking in the image. As many pills as are on the floor, I'd say he didn't down many of them.
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12/07/2006 03:38:07 PM
the post processing is a bit too much for me here. the pills on the face of the model made me giggle :P
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12/07/2006 10:10:50 AM
I think this would be a really good photo if it weren't for the pills stuck on the face; it makes the shot feel a bit fake. Otherwise, a nice photo.
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12/07/2006 09:40:34 AM
the lighting is bad, and the what ever you did to it in photoshop isn't helping the image.
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12/06/2006 12:47:58 AM
Very powerful but a lot of sharpening! Or what is it?
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