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A friend of mine has a son who is an alcoholic. He went dry for 2 years, but started drinking again - just one at a function, and definitely feeling he was in control of how much he was drinking. It would help him cope better. It was not long before he needed to increase the amount he drank to maintain that feeling, and so it goes on, needing more and needing it more often.
I've put the bottle with the appealing sparkle away from the muddle - as this is what first attracts. However after a while it is blurred with the empty and the reduced impact bottles. I hope you follow my drift.
Thanks for looking
Helen

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Empty promises
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:22 Mar 2010 - 7:12 AM
Tags:Abstract, Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Empty bottles, March 2010, Sparling bottles, Specialist / abstract
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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 7:15 AM

Indeed I follow all too easily my father died at the age of 48 due to alcoholism and it is a subject close to my heart... a well composed and presented image the thoughts come across so well..... I do hope he "sees" sense and gets dry again ! Colin

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clicknimagine
22 Mar 2010 - 7:58 AM

beautifully created...

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susanbarton
22 Mar 2010 - 8:36 AM

Great insite into this problem Helen and this image conveys it perfectly, I wish your friends son strength to come through this challange

Susan

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2010 - 8:43 AM

Certainly Helen I get your drift--(Sad situation really)
Great image.
Regards
Pete

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peterellison
22 Mar 2010 - 8:46 AM

Great image and presentation, and a good reminder of things that can go wrong in life!
Peter.

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 8:56 AM

A thought provoking image, I do indeed get what you are portraying.
Beautifully crafted shot, love the 'sparkle'.
Barbara

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 9:01 AM

Very sad, hope he manages to get off the alcohol again, and this time for good. A superb creation, Helen, as always. Carol

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Suehh
Suehh  739 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 9:20 AM

Such a graphic image - who would believe that something so visually pleasing could have such in depth meaning. Your poor friend - the poor young man - I grew up with an alcoholic in my immediate family - it is so difficult. I wish them both the best in dealing with their respective pain and needs. Sue

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Beautiful work - well done !

Chris

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 9:29 AM

An interesting way of expressing this sad but common problem. A

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 10:33 AM

Your illustration of a downward spiral is so very good.
Joan.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 10:46 AM

Thanks for all your comments - I'm glad you can see the meaning behind the image. I'm aware that many people know all too well the distress a person addicted to alcohol experiences AND their families and close friends - quite an isolated experience, and not always as straightforward to deal with on the inside as it seems from the outside

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 11:23 AM

You have certainly used your artistic ability to great advantage for this. It is such a visual portrayal of the situation. Thankfully one I have never experienced first hand, but one which touches so many lives. This should be made into a poster for AA meetings, it is visually lyrical!

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 1:38 PM

It is a strong message and one that works well with your description but beyond that it is simply a beautiful image in its own right with enormous visual appeal and a quirky artistic balance.
Just a little nip for me please, to toast this splendid image. Sad

Eric

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digital_boi
22 Mar 2010 - 2:14 PM

great creation and message

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PattiW
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22 Mar 2010 - 2:18 PM

Amazing work and insight, Patti

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 2:19 PM

So very interesting, a fantastic and well put together creation Helen.
Bob

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Mynett
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22 Mar 2010 - 2:26 PM

very well depicted - excellent work

Linda

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Shootme
Shootme  5 England
22 Mar 2010 - 2:33 PM

They might be empty but they promise lots of colour. Lovely work.

Jim.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 2:36 PM

You are very adept at turning thoughts into images. This is a superb image and the title itself speaks volumes.
A fine evocative piece.
Brian.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 3:18 PM

Absolutely thrilled with Eric's award !!!!
Many thanks

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photophantom
22 Mar 2010 - 3:19 PM

brilliant work Helen
Dennis

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TrevBatWCC
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22 Mar 2010 - 3:46 PM

Yes, I follow your drift, Helen. A very cleverly thought out piece of work to illustrate the point. Excellent stuff as always.
TrevB Smile

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helenlinda
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22 Mar 2010 - 4:57 PM

Thanks Dennis and Trev

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taggart
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22 Mar 2010 - 5:05 PM

It dies say it well, impressive work!
JEnnnnnn

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2010 - 5:31 PM

Crikey, even the bottles are getting a bit wobbly at the end, lol.

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helenlinda
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22 Mar 2010 - 6:35 PM

Thanks Jenn and Pamela

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Dave_Holdham
22 Mar 2010 - 6:55 PM

Very well put together, great work

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helenlinda
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22 Mar 2010 - 6:59 PM

Thanks Dave

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22 Mar 2010 - 7:38 PM

great message comes over in this shot Helen, always sad when someone becomes reliant on drink

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
22 Mar 2010 - 8:32 PM

Super image with a message.What a shame he started drinking again after 2 years on the wagon.

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mikbee
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22 Mar 2010 - 11:12 PM

Certainly one with a strong message here Helen.
Good work.
Mick.

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oll1e
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22 Mar 2010 - 11:56 PM

Good for you Helen ,the shot conveys the appeal and its a sad road for those on it .I know a few people in this predicament and its so sad .Its so hard too trying to help these people .
very thought provoking image Smile

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helenlinda
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23 Mar 2010 - 7:33 AM

Thanks Anne, Roly, Mick and Oll1e

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23 Mar 2010 - 4:13 PM

Beautiful image.
RJ.

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helenlinda
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23 Mar 2010 - 4:45 PM

Thanks Rob

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23 Mar 2010 - 5:46 PM


Quote: You are very adept at turning thoughts into images. This is a superb image and the title itself speaks volumes.
A fine evocative piece.
Brian.

Brian says it so much better than I can Linda, lovely image,
Geoff.

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Anjantoo
Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 5:59 PM

Very touching write up Helen.
Jann
xxx

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23 Mar 2010 - 6:07 PM

beautiful colours...

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23 Mar 2010 - 6:24 PM

Thanks Geoff, Jann and Pascal

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23 Mar 2010 - 6:47 PM

Hi Helen, I must apologise for calling you Linda, just one of my 'senior' moments I'm afraid Wink
Regards,
Geoff.

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23 Mar 2010 - 6:56 PM

The concept alone is fantastic. How you've imagerised it, even more so. Sometimes the best inspiration comes from the worst thing, huh? I hope it's not too late for your friend's son to pull away again.

A.

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23 Mar 2010 - 10:00 PM

Thanks Geoff and Andrew

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24 Mar 2010 - 10:37 AM

Many thanks to Joline for her User Award. Delighted to recieve it
Helen

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Joline
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24 Mar 2010 - 10:37 AM

I must join the Blue Diamond with my Pink Diamond for this stunning piece of work.

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helenlinda
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24 Mar 2010 - 10:40 AM

There used to be an advert that said "A double diamond works wonders, so get one today!"
[I think it was for lager !!!]

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25 Mar 2010 - 7:42 AM

You are so clever Helen, great work

Nicky

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Rckhopper  7 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2010 - 8:51 PM

Excellent images! the whole gallery has held my attention.

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22 Aug 2010 - 10:26 PM

Thanks Nicky and Aidan

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