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Riddles in the Dark is the title of what is arguably the most important chapter from the Hobbit in terms of seeding the story for Lord of the Rings. In it, Gollum challenges Bilbo to a game of riddles - if Bilbo wins, he lives and Gollum would show him the way out of the tunnel he was lost in. If he loses, Gollum would eat him.

What does this image have to do with it? Not much at all, except that as I was composing it, starting with just the model against a blank background, it reminded me of Gollum and how he would sit on his haunches. After adding in the misty background, it was really starting to scream RIDDLES IN THE DARK!!! Since it seemed an unavoidable title, which I love, I had to find what that would mean beyond the Hobbit reference, and given my tendency to mine the human psyche and all its idiosyncrasies for fodder, I decided to add the keys, which served as a puzzle to unlock, or secrets to uncover. The absurdity of the man being immobile, covering his face, possibly deliberately, struck me as a personality I know something about: one who deliberately blinds himself to the way out, while all around him, the answers dangle, waiting to be seized. Someone who needs confusion as fuel to proceed.

Riddles in the Dark, except the darkness is willful, and self-defeating, and the answers can be pretty obvious if you would only look around you!

Model: Ed Barron

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Riddles In The Dark
Username:MichaelBilottaPhotography MichaelBilottaPhotography
Uploaded:23 Aug 2012 - 2:31 AM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract
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peekay2001
23 Aug 2012 - 3:11 AM

the coldness of it is very striking.. that its a strong man who is broken is giving it more appeal.. A really brilliant work which reflects what is so relevant in everyone's life..
your work is very inspiring for me.. and i think if i could be only 50% of you in it, I could carry out many themes.. I too keep noting down themes in a notepad, picturing how it will be.. but my knowledge is an issue apart from other things.. seeing your work i get the boost and will to keep trying for better.. Regards.PK.

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mio2mio
mio2mio  6 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 - 6:18 AM

an exceptional photo

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43672 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 6:39 AM

An image which strikes home with me from the darkest of all closets, cupboards, and inner sanctums.

Regards Nathan

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2012 - 9:15 AM


Quote: Riddles in the Dark, except the darkness is willful, and self-defeating, and the answers can be pretty obvious if you would only look around you!

The answers may be obvious but not often easy.
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Last Modified By SlowSong at 23 Aug 2012 - 9:15 AM

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clintQB
clintQB  351 forum posts United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 - 9:47 PM

breath taking....amazing work

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Christazzopardi
24 Aug 2012 - 12:00 PM

Very good!

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