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A lot of possible ideas went into this one, but ultimately I pared down to a simpler image, as the pose and the austerity ultimately became more meaningful as I went through this two day edit.

The original idea was to shield yourself from the lies of the church and the bible, and to look for answers on your own, but as I added and removed elements to this piece, I realized the pose, bolstered by the presence of the crucifix on the wall, resembled the Passion Play, or reenactment of the suffering and death of Christ, with the umbrella standing in for the cross.

The Stations of the Cross, or "Way of Sorrows," are artistic representations of the suffering and death of Christ, often found in churches.

I think, for me, this image ultimately means that this dedication and fixation on faith and miracles are like a promise of rain to a parched and dying man, waiting for relief as he dutifully goes through his stations of the cross, the way of sorrows.

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 - 1:33 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 Way of Sorrows
Username:MichaelBilottaPhotography MichaelBilottaPhotography
Uploaded:13 Dec 2012 - 1:16 PM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 1:21 PM

Such a good interpretation for your thoughts and words. Beautifully created. Love how you've lit it. Love that fist. I keep looking for a lone tear, maybe he is just too strong to cry........Sandy

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MichaelBilottaPhotography

Thanks Daisy! I had a lot of possible things to add, in the end I decided to keep it clean - but yeah, I was thinking hand wounds, I was thinking blood, I was thinking dust - that sort of thing. At one point, he had lights coming out of his eyes LOL .

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64404 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 3:33 PM

His balled fist makes him look cross about his lot. He's protected by the umbrella rather than by the cross which I feel has let him down.
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A really great observation SlowSong! I like that a lot!

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NDODS e2 Member 33150 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 5:28 PM

Clearly a man with the world on his shoulders, yet unwilling to show face and take what is coming to him. Question "Is there a religion which has not been turned and twisted along the way?" A wonderful example of religious satire pictorially referenced.

Regards Nathan

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MichaelBilottaPhotography

I would tend to answer that question with a "no!" Glad you see the satire intended too! Thanks Nathan!

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Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 7:11 PM

clever and brilliant,


i think i would have put black rosary beads clutched in his left hand sort of dangling down,

like a desperate hanging on to faith
'paree

Last Modified By Paree at 13 Dec 2012 - 7:13 PM

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hi14ry
hi14ry  1 England
14 Dec 2012 - 11:12 PM

Image that portrays sorrow and pain....the whole word on your back and struggling through life....love the way you bring the narrative to life...very special image H xx

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