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Eleven Kinds of Loneliness is the title of a collection of short stories by Richard Yates, which explored the post war disillusionment and isolation of the 1950s, following the lives of ordinary people disappointed by their inability to fulfill the promise of their youth.

I chose this title for this image for a couple of reasons: Firstly, it is a gorgeous title, haunting and enigmatic, open-ended and oddly specific. Secondly, it was to be the theme and resulting series of a recent photo shoot that was a crash and burn failure on my part. I was going to do a series of eleven images, each with a theme of loneliness (loneliness of illness, loneliness of a bad marriage, etc) and using the umbrella as a metaphor throughout. Much planning went into the shoot, all to no avail - perhaps a bit too ambitious on a limited budget and all to be shot in one day.

In any event, I wanted to start the year off with a little out with the old, in with the new, and I have managed to get that umbrella and concept into this latest round of images featuring model Ed Barron despite the setback of the failed shoot. Perhaps not as grand as I would have liked, but I am still pleased to have the umbrellas flying just the same. As a device, or metaphorical construct, they say so much: protection, defense, solitude, comfort, desperation…and now I can let the failed shoot and its concept rest, as I have my Eleven after all.

Regarding this image, it was a bit of a monster edit after all, taking over 15 hours to complete, and requiring a lot of fine tuning to get it clean and neat. I think this image is very open-ended, open to interpretation and flexible. I can certainly tell you what each layer means to me, but I think I will leave that to the viewer this time. It was a long edit, but a great way to start the new year doing what I love to do. Thanks for viewing and reading.

Model: Ed Barron

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF50mm f/1.4 USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Dec 2012 - 1:32 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.4
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Eleven Kinds of Loneliness
Username:MichaelBilottaPhotography MichaelBilottaPhotography
Uploaded:1 Jan 2013 - 9:32 PM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract
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Dinky65
Dinky65 e2 Member 1Dinky65 vcard United States
1 Jan 2013 - 10:55 PM

Best editing I have seen yet. great job.Smile

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Trout_Man
Trout_Man e2 Member 6Trout_Man vcard Wales30 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2013 - 11:10 PM

Excellent processing and composition

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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 2164 forum postsalistairfarrugia vcard Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 9:09 AM

Certainly grabbed my attention and had me transfixed on the person's face and emotions. The rest just adds to the mood. Wonderful.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 9:29 AM

An image which immediately evokes a response. One which has been wonderfully crafted and clearly thought through.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 2:26 PM

So beautifully composed and a master class in controlled tones.
A powerful image the hits home on every level.

Eric

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64840 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 4:24 PM

BlueRoom said it all.
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MichaelBilottaPhotography
2 Jan 2013 - 5:14 PM

Thanks everyone! If anyone is interested in seeing the "makeover" before and after of this one, i posted a blog layer by layer here:

http://michaelbilotta.com/blog/eleven-kinds-of-editing

Thanks everyone!

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p12owe
p12owe e2 Member 2101 forum postsp12owe vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 6:53 PM

Well worth the time you spent on it!

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 10:43 PM

The title grabbed my attention and the image didn't disappoint.
Congratulations on all the effort put into this but despite it's sad theme, I still see hope
in the light.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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MichaelBilottaPhotography
2 Jan 2013 - 11:33 PM

Thanks so much Kate!

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MichaelBilottaPhotography
2 Jan 2013 - 11:34 PM

Thanks Pete!

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swedger
swedger e2 Member 3swedger vcard United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 - 10:59 PM

Poignant and very evocative, superb.
Craig

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