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on becoming real
on becoming real

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Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: living room
Galleries: Emotive, Overlays
Date Uploaded: Mar 2, 2008

Viewed: 614
Comments: 14
Favorites: 6 (view)

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came briefly to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz around inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been rubbed off, and your eyes fall out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

-The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams

original photo of Daniel and BunBun, his "Velveteen Rabbit":
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03/08/2008 09:15:18 AM
Wow. If only I could be real . . .
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03/07/2008 05:39:04 AM
so funny so true
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03/04/2008 10:07:08 AM
damn... I'm going to have to read that book. incredible match with the photo. I wonder if the font should be more "real" and less italic?
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03/03/2008 09:19:00 PM
everything about this image is wonderful ..
the photograph of your son .. his toes .. the rabbit .. perfect
your processing with the writing .. so creative
i'd never heard 'the velveteen rabbit' before .. but i absolutely love it ..
you have combined an incredible piece of prose with the most fitting and beautiful image .. SO REAL !!!..:)
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03/03/2008 07:53:53 PM
I like it
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03/03/2008 10:12:30 AM
damn you, erin, ya made me cry. i haven't read this to my son yet, as i don't know how i'll make it through without bawling.

Message edited by author 2008-03-03 11:02:03.
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03/02/2008 08:08:56 PM
Wow, Erin - thanks for this. What a magnificent piece - all of it.
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03/02/2008 05:33:34 PM
Beautifully presented.
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03/02/2008 01:51:01 PM
Dang. This made me cry.
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03/02/2008 12:41:05 PM
Every once in a while something comes up that is priceless.
This is one of those times.
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03/02/2008 12:30:24 PM
Wow, this leaves me speechless. One of my all time beloved childrens stories set to a most lyrical image. Bravo!
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03/02/2008 12:20:32 PM
Erin that is absolutely the quintessential choice for this challenge. It is a classic loved story about a classic loved rabbit. Beautifully done. I can't believe the creative juices that are flowing here. Maybe we'll change the world with all of this awesome energy. LOL THANKS for this image. It is a treasure and is going straight to favs.
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03/02/2008 11:01:25 AM
Very nicely done. This month will bring up the emotions, but I guess that's why it's being done.
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03/02/2008 10:57:38 AM
wonderful...and i believe :)
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