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    What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? :: My Conscience
    Stopped Motion V :: Let it rain
    Symmetry IV :: Old & New
    Blue V :: Blues
    Droste Effect :: Another Brick
    Garbage III :: Emergence
    Song Title/Lyrics: David Bowie :: Space Oddity
    In the Rain :: Point of View
    Distracting Elements II :: City Shadows
    Propaganda Poster :: Anti-propaganda Propaganda
    Step-By-Step :: Tie a Tie in 4 Easy Steps
    Superpowers II :: Fiery
    DQ Deja Vu :: Magritte's Muse
    Toy Story II :: Little Red Nutcracker
    Book Cover :: Voodoo Child
    Self Portrait VIII :: One Way Ticket
    Dirds :: Thief!
    Mythical Creatures :: A Matter of Life and Death
    Black and White Landscape :: Le Mont Saint-Michel
    Aesop's Fables :: Prometheus and the Making of Man
    Out of The Ordinary :: Knight Rider
    One Photo :: Love at first sight
    Make Believe Sports :: Underwater Hurdling
    Zodiac II :: Aquarius Shore
    Get Well Bear_Music :: Go Bear Music!
    Obsession :: Narcissism
    Deep in the Heart of December :: Christmas Madness
    If I Were an Animal :: Lost Wilderness
    Knife Fork Spoon II :: It's not fun to be Magneto's son
    Book Cover II :: Family Stories
    Horror :: Greed
    The Exact Same Spot :: Release
    Misquotes :: No woman no pie
    Toilet Paper :: Lady Rollissima's Wonderland
    A Photographic Tribute to Bob Dylan :: Not Dark Yet
    Pi(e) :: Circumference
    Silence fix :: Away
    Missed Focus II :: A Boring Book
    Edward Weston :: Tomato No. 42
    What's In Your Fridge? :: You are what you eat
    Coin Slot :: Capital Flight
    Natural Light Portrait III :: Running Free
    Expert Free Study 2016-02 :: The Sea Shepherd
    Rubber Ducky II :: Count Duckula's End
    Falling Apart :: Falling Apart
    Decorate Baby Emilie's Nursery :: Emilie's World
    Growth :: The System
    Tilted Horizon II :: Unstoppable
    Cubism :: Jazz
    From Above III :: Doughnut Girl
    Myths, Legends, and Fables :: Sirens' Song
    Winged Things :: Raven Dance
    Extended Free Study 2016-07 :: La Baie des Anges
    Beauty II :: Life
    Heavy Metal Song Titles :: Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden)
    Composite :: Justice at Stake
    World Enough and Time :: The Passage
    April Fool :: A Strange Quest
    The Oscars :: The Artist
    Effects of SOPA :: Thought Control
    Ridiculously Disproportionate :: The Duel
    The Imagery of T.S.Eliot  :: The Waste Land
    Strange-Looking People :: Frozen
    Magic & Mystery II :: Newborn
    Pet Rock :: Rocks Have Feelings Too
    Stock Photos: The Operator :: At your service for decades
    The Eleventh Commandment :: Cherish life in its diversity
    Origins :: Eve
    Halloween V :: Halloween in Hamelin
    In The Style Of: Art Roflmao :: 2001: Art's Space Odyssey
    SURREAL (Archival Challenge) :: Happy Birthday
    Good News/Bad News :: One Ring to bind them, and into trouble get them
    Your Final Entry (December 21, 2012) :: Survival
    Visual Puns II :: Lightheaded
    Postage Stamp II :: Snail Mail
    Fences III :: Freedom
    Biblical :: Exodus
    Numbers II :: E = mc²
    Ghosts :: Adieu
    Halloween IV :: Jack-o'-Scarecrow
    Halloween VI :: The Raft of Halloween
    Steampunk :: Parthenogenesis
    Conundrum :: Litterae
    Famous Photograph :: The Balcony (Tribute to P. Ramette)
    Post-Apocalyptic :: Faith
    Grace Slick's White Rabbit (ARCHIVAL) :: Wonderland?
    Valentine's Photo II :: Distant Lovers
    Easter Eggs :: Together
    For Dallas :: The Hero
    Technology Underwraps :: Slaves
    Video Games :: Game Over
    Candlelight II :: Candlelight Tango
    Emergency! :: Saved by the Light
    Harsh Environments III :: Toxic
    Halloween Song Titles :: Fear of the Dark
    HDR IV :: November
    Friday the 13th :: Not so lucky after all
    After Man :: Heartless
    Book Cover III (ARCHIVAL) :: Delusions of Gender
    The Moon II :: Scratch
    Fake News :: Holy Grail found on Mars
    New Year's Resolution VII :: I'll give her shelter from the storm
    Calendar III :: April
    Covfefe :: The Great Covfefe
    New Year's Resolution VI :: Let my imagination flow
    Painting With Light IV :: The Fortune Teller
    slooF lirpA :: Close Encounter of the Swimming Kind
    Off-Centered Subject III :: Tomato Ninja
    Internet Meme :: The cake is a lie
    The Four Elements III :: Arise
    I See Dead People :: Memories
    Chips :: Fish & Chips
    Subject in Another Room :: Paranoia Room
    Emotive Architecture :: Departed Hopes
    Camera Bag :: The Stylish Photographer
    Macro VII :: Snail Express
    Sepia II :: Still Standing
    Edgar Allan Poe :: Alone
    Shallow DOF in Red :: Flop
    DNMC II :: Yellow Submarine
    Fool the Viewer II :: Just Play
    Postage Stamp :: Postman: a hell of a job
    Extreme Supermoon :: The Mysterious Cult
    Jewelry Advertisement II :: Arabesque
    In the Beginning... II :: Primordial Soup
    Cardboard Box  II :: The Dark Side of the Financial Crisis
    Surrealism II :: Sinking
    Motivational/Demotivational Poster :: Rules
    Lucky 7 V :: Holy Wars
    How to Change a Light Bulb :: Personal Failure
    Album Cover :: Muse - Hard Rock
    Reasons Why I Shouldn't Drink :: Delirium Tremens
    Unusual Uses For Everyday Objects :: The Maid's Dream
    Obvious Tripod :: Life is not a straight line
    Shoot From Behind Your Subject :: Rodeo to the Sky
    Chalk :: The Child Inside
    Wacky Photographic Definitions :: Firearms
    Tim Burton :: You may kiss the Corpse Bride
    You're Doing It Wrong :: Very Bad Trick
    Free Study 2010-02 :: Boom boom
    Minimalist Landscape :: The Ark
    Birds III :: Presto
    Portrait: Life in a Miniature World :: Once Upon a Shoe
    Perspective VII :: The Enterprise
    Male Portrait II :: The Artisan
    Pink III :: Pastoral Symphony
    Under- :: Undervalued Beauty
    Seven Deadly Sins IV :: Lustful Thoughts
    Symbolic Still Life :: Revolution
    Macro Without Bugs or Flowers IV :: Soap Bubble
    Metal on Metal :: Full Metal Thriller
    Fill Flash II :: To be, or not to be
    Never Seen on DPC II :: Spleen (IV)
    Nursery Rhymes :: Kind hearts are the gardens...
    Rusted II :: The Prisoner
    Humor IV :: Darth Sushi
    Absurdity  :: The Flying Dutchman
    Honorable Mentions
    Grunge II :: Headache
    Day and Night :: The Bay
    Composite II (ARCHIVAL) :: Made in Japan
    Toy Story :: Triple Threat
    Joy to the World! :: The Chocolate Princess
    Street Macro  :: A small autumnal journey
    Update Your Avatar :: Man in the Mirror
    Update Your Avatar II :: Doubts
    Country Music Song Titles :: I Walk the Line
    Abandoned II :: Old Sheepfold
    Things That Go Together II :: River and Boat
    Balloons :: Floating Dream
    Urban Nature :: The Oak Chapel
    Portrait with Chair :: Passion
    Free Study 2011-02 :: Insanitea
    Norman Rockwell :: Making Jam
    Doors, Gates, Knobs, Locks & Handles :: Kingdom of Lost Souls
    Color on Color III :: Little Girl's Dream
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    Name: Christophe Kiciak Age: 43
    Username: gyaban
    Gender: M
    Type: Member Location: France
    Cameras: Canon EOS-1D X
    Canon EOS-5D Mark II
    Canon EOS-5DS R
    Lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
    Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
    Canon EF 600mm f/4.0L IS USM
    Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
    Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM fisheye
    Canon Extender EF 1.4x
    Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro MF
    Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L MF
    Registered: Feb. 25th 2010
    Contact: Private Message
    URL: http://www.kiciak.fr
    Biography: I am a self-taught hobbyist, who simply enjoys creating unusual images. My work never contain anything but my own photos, combined into surreal, conceptual, or fantasy oriented pictures. My beloved wife Marianne is helping me, especially on the artistic side of the creations (sets construction, image composition, color choices, overall feeling).

    I am convinced that a great deal of what “Art” is lies in doing things differently. In visual arts, looking at things from another angle, modifying the lighting, adjusting an expression, or changing an attitude can bring life to an otherwise dull work. However, seeking difference simply for the sake of it is probably not a good way to obtain the best results. This is where “Creativity” steps in. I would personally define it as the ability to use difference as a tool to bring interest. Therefore, being creative is very important to me. Of course, I often fail at it, but I believe that pursuing that goal is the path I should follow.

    Creating a new image is a whole process to me. Some photographers are able to instinctively recognize a worthy situation, find the best angle, and shoot it, all in a matter of seconds: this is a talent I don’t have. However, what I can do is imagine concepts, draw several rough sketches to see how they could be efficiently translated into pictures, determine all the various photos I am going to need, hunt patiently for them, plan additional shooting sessions, and assemble everything on the computer. As a result, my images are like personal statements, a bit like a novel for a writer. Everyone is free to like or dislike them, to agree with my point of view or not, but fact is there is no cheating in them: my images are the direct reflection of my thoughts, the traces of my existence.

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