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I've been thinking about the meaning of home a lot lately, and what that means to me personally. Certainly I have been desiring to spend more time at home in the last few years than ever before, whether that is a result of aging, an aversion to human drama, or the cumulative, deteriorating effects of a long daily commute I am not certain, but perhaps it's a little of all of it. In any event, the concept, the human need for home is the general sense of this image, at least to me. We take our pieces of home whenever we go out: a cell phone to remain in contact, a packed lunch, whatever it is, these items provide comfort on a subconscious and well as conscious level as reminders and links to a sense of home.

Home can be a warm place, but for many it can be a nightmare, a cold, violent experience, and still, we have that need to call something home, and it overrides almost all other considerations. I wanted this image to be simple and stark, not to have home be perceived as cold and barren, but to get back to basics so to speak. Working with this model is always a rewarding experience, and he was the first model I ever worked with, 18 months ago. So, in a way, working with him again is a comfort for me, because, while working with new models is often rewarding, the ones that have been around the longest make the process of shooting much less tense for me. I also wanted something that was decidedly more "photorealistic" because often my imagery is regarded as something other than photography. This is true and it isn't. Yes, they are manipulated, and yes they are composites, but they are all, always, photographic, and they are my photographs.

Since there is little to dissect here, I will say that the stone wall texture was from the Quabbin reservoir, and the texture on his skin is from the same wall. I wanted to convey a sense of unity between the man and the walls of home, and as barren and stark as it is, he is sleeping suspended on the wall, much like an animal, a nod toward our primordial need for home.

The title comes from the song by Joni Mitchell by the same name.

model: Ed Barron

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF50mm f/1.4 USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:13 Jul 2013 - 4:33 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.4
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Come In The Cold
Username:MichaelBilottaPhotography MichaelBilottaPhotography
Uploaded:15 Jul 2013 - 1:18 AM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, Nude / glamour, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract
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daftdave
daftdave  1
15 Jul 2013 - 1:28 AM

Great tones here, you trying to give me a crick in the neck? Wink

Dave.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2013 - 1:44 AM

For some reason I am thinking prisoner of war, or in a prison. Like his spirit is being broken. Very thoughtful image, very good........Sandy

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meandbruno
15 Jul 2013 - 1:46 AM

Drama of living in its purest form, well presented. It is material for nightmares!

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2013 - 2:13 AM

Excellent picture well composed and captured.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33074 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2013 - 7:28 AM

The feeling of isolation and vulnerability comes across so very strong in this image....

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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bluesandtwos
15 Jul 2013 - 8:49 AM

'The feeling of isolation and vulnerability comes across so very strong in this image....'

Agreed!

Dave

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lesgoodey
lesgoodey e2 Member 9lesgoodey vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2013 - 12:00 PM

I don't normally go for this type of shot but what you have achieved here is very very nice indeed.

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MandyG
MandyG  2 England
15 Jul 2013 - 2:05 PM

I thought provoking image for sure, excellently executed.

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2013 - 4:05 PM

Both your image and your commentary are superb.
-=\Walter

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Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 11:07 PM

I find this a strong and also a gentle image,
I love your work you are very clever, a true artist

I love the face expression, it says home...... at last.


paree Grin

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