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This image was started with no idea in mind and evolved over the course of 10 hours into what you see here. It started with the model shot, and I had him covered in leaves and vines. Then I had him standing on a chess board, having just made one for my last image. Eventually I removed his head, and that gave me a floating hat - something I've done twice now and was not keen to do again right away. Evenutally, I added the light, and while this reminded me of Magritte's "Pleasure Principle," I thought the book and the ominous storm clouds gave it a bit of menace, so why not increase the menace factor by...three.

I do love connections, and symmetry, and symbolism. An earlier image of mine, indeed shot minutes after this one, called "the Collective" featured the very same model three times as well. This kind of connection and challenge excites me. What is the connectivity from this one to that one? What does three mean? I added many items and elements to this shot, only to delete them later. Eventually I added the crucifixes, desiring to continue my meditations on all things religion, a growing series of mine. So...three crosses, three men with blinding lights, three birds...what does it all mean?

Well, I think I will not explain all of it, because it was created in the spirit of stream of consciousness, and it should remain that way. There are three of them though, and that led me to a number of places for titles...

The Bible is rife with the number three: the Three Wise Men, Jesus denied Three times, Jesus falls for the third time...the Three Major Prophets...in Greek mythology there are the Three Graces and the Three Fates...In Judaism, there are Three Messianic Miracles that herald the coming of the Messiah...and finally, well not finally, but getting to the point, Stephen King's "The Drawing of the Three" novel, the second in the Dark Tower series. I read this as a kid, and the mysterious title drew me in. My image has little or nothing to do with that book, but it's vague and full of portent and mystery. And as I was ruminating on all things triadic today, I think the title works for this image.

model: Ed Barron (most of him anyway!)

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF50mm f/1.4 USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Dec 2012 - 1:04 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:the Drawing of the Three
Username:MichaelBilottaPhotography MichaelBilottaPhotography
Uploaded:13 Jan 2013 - 5:18 AM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract
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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 5:32 AM

Clever work Michael and your description of how you arrived at the final image fascinating .
Rob

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abeeror2 e2 Member 2abeeror2 vcard Australia
13 Jan 2013 - 6:46 AM

Yes interesting reading and as always most fasinating work..Brilliant!

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NDODS e2 Member 43436 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 9:54 AM

"What does it all mean?"

"Can we truly answer such a question?"

Regards Nathan Grin

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saltireblue Site Moderator 44031 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 1:19 PM

I do like this type of work, and the ideas and imagination that enables it to done. Your notes are very informative and add (for me) to the enjoyment and understanding of the concept.

One little niggle, Michael. Should the white light from the man in the middle be visible across the arm and body of the nearest figure? It should disappear behind him? Or have I missed something?

Marvellous work, nonethelessSmile

Malc

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Hi Malc,

Thanks for the comment and the observation, but yes, it should be! They are lens flares, and lens flares do not respect logic like that! They will shoot across objects in the foreground or the background and anything in between. Obviously mine are manufactured, but in the interest of accuracy, it should be shooting across the nearest figure. to do otherwise would disobey the weird rules of lens flares!

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saltireblue Site Moderator 44031 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 1:27 PM

Thanks, Michael, I figured you knew what you were doing! I also thought that if the flare disappeared as I suggested, it would cause an in-balance to the middle figure, losing its symmetry.

Malc

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 1:35 PM

I get the feeling they've found the Answer. So well thought out and then so brilliantly produced........Sandy

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Malc, thanks though - because these kinds of questions keep me on my toes. I do get some things wrong, not being a physicist, and I try to make sure I cover it all. If you know the director JJ Abrams, director of the new Star Trek films, he is obsessed with lens flares! LOL He uses them all the time, so there are always light streaks shooting across the screen!

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ovi  10 Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 3:38 PM

Interesting imaginative idea; happy to be your 30-th click.
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Thank you ovi!

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Imagecrafter
15 Jan 2013 - 6:18 PM

Another great image, Michael. Your photos are like good movies - there are so many ways to interpret the story.

Lesley

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