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This one is rather direct in its meaning, but it also bears a more personal connection to me, as it is depicting a man wounded and slightly damaged by the myths and machinations of the Catholic Faith, and slowly but surely heading away from it, towards a more enlightened path, free of the icons and symbols of guilt and martyrdom that hold sway over the lives of others.

I added the wind-up key in him as a symbol for the drive we all have towards reason and rational thinking, as sensual and linear beings, we cannot, if we are honest with ourselves, maintain the belief in magic and superstition in any real way. The scarf on the head pertains partly to being blinded by the faith he is leaving, but also a nod to surrealist Rene Magritte. The strings at his feet are either the ties to religion that will always connect him to it, or something pulling him back, perhaps doubt and a need to keep the ties to the comfort in believing in divinity and immortality through salvation.

Model: Ed Barron

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:the Road to Reason
Username:MichaelBilottaPhotography MichaelBilottaPhotography
Uploaded:21 Dec 2012 - 7:38 AM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Flash / lighting, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 7:40 AM

Very clever work with a powerful message.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43672 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 8:04 AM

"Religion has a lot to answer?"....

Regards Nathan Grin

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paulknight
21 Dec 2012 - 8:14 AM

Good One!!!!! Very timely!!!

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2012 - 8:57 AM

A well created image here, like it and its concept too
regards Richard

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DalesLass
DalesLass e2 Member 32181 forum postsDalesLass vcard United Kingdom
21 Dec 2012 - 11:29 AM

Very thought provoking....


Jude

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david j. green
21 Dec 2012 - 12:03 PM

An intriguing image and very well produced

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abeeror2 e2 Member 2abeeror2 vcard Australia
21 Dec 2012 - 10:30 PM

Very well thought out and presented.Brilliant delivery of its message. Cheers Kathryn

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