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been away for a while- keeping busy. hope y'all are well. there are details in this which only seem to show up when viewed large.... sorry.

Title:masks
Username:mwatkins9801 mwatkins9801
Uploaded:20 Apr 2006 - 5:50 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated
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billma
billma  10119 forum posts United States
20 Apr 2006 - 6:48 PM

I am not sure what to comment upon. I don't understand it...I just know it is damn good...and your whole portfolio of photographs is just outstanding.

bill

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suspectim
suspectim  9
20 Apr 2006 - 7:44 PM

exellent.

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rosie42
rosie42  9 Australia
20 Apr 2006 - 9:08 PM

Another quality manipulation from you - congratulations on another terrific image ...

Susie :o)

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2006 - 11:11 PM

Excellent manipulation to make a very striking shot. I could just wish there was more life in the eyes .... there again the lack of life may have been what you intended. Dave.

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tull
tull  10181 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Apr 2006 - 12:31 AM

Truly superb Michael fantastic work of a very high standard.
Hope all is well and have a great w/e.

Mark.

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VICTORHABBICK
21 Apr 2006 - 12:34 AM

Hi Michael, glad to see you back missed your work mate. Seeing this has been worth the wait, can see this as a movie poster or perhaps its too classy in retrospect anyway its got so much going for it quality from start to finish with thought at every layer. As you might have guessed I like it LOL.
Take care and don't leaver it as long next time.

Stay safe Victor

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kengreen
kengreen  9 Sweden
22 Apr 2006 - 12:32 AM

Good one as usual. I like the feel in it with the leaf? texture on skin and the contrast it makes against the white mask. Very good visual impact shot. I disagree regarding image size. They are both intersting and captivating even though as is often the case with good images, bigger is better.
Ken

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stuartsportraits
stuartsportraits e2 Member 9197 forum postsstuartsportraits vcard Scotland
23 Apr 2006 - 12:10 PM

simply amazing very well executed great work stuart

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Ken_fuji
Ken_fuji  826 forum posts Scotland
26 Apr 2006 - 3:01 PM

I finally get the chance to comment on this remarkable composition but before I do, I would like to thank you for your recent comment. I am extremely grateful and honoured that an Artist of your merit should even notice my work!

I have been viewing your incredible Artwork for a while now and it seems unfeasible to me as to how you are so accomplished at creating these original and realistic images. Although I understand the basic principal of overlaying different textures over the subject using blending options, I would guess the real skill and imagination is the realism aspect.

This image is extremely complex in a technical manner, but it is in the powerful atmosphere conveyed in that horrific/grotesque imagery where the real skill is apparent. I also feel a strong sense of sadness and longing coming from this image. The title masks, has a meaning we can all relate to in the way, we often hide our true thoughts and feelings to protect ourselves, and others from harm.

To me, the clean and vivid white mask here represents the concept of a person who has created an external persona perhaps of beauty, purity and of course, denial. Inside, she is in torment. Such is the conflict between her outer self and what lies within; it is literally filling her with decay and pain.

The contrasting textures you have layered perfectly over the contours of her skin, and the way they are gradually peeling away to show the dark carcass beneath displays excellent precision and skill. This technique also exaggerates the overwhelming feeling of decaying flesh and contrasts brilliantly with the concept of the white mask and the whole imagery of this stunning composition. The larger version of this image is staggering in its detail. The broken skin texture on the head reveals a truly gruesome dark and rotting skull awesome work!

The work you have done with the lighting for this shot is exemplary. It helps to increase that dark and sullen atmosphere, which brings everything together with style and quality. You are a highly inventive and expressive Artist who has developed a unique method in portraying these highly evocative feelings with so much class. As with all great Artists, I always appreciate someone who can place part of themselves in their Artwork I think you have done this and it is a rare quality, which I see throughout your portfolio.

The other important factor in quality Artwork is relating to the viewer I also believe you have this gift, to share your deepest thoughts and experiences through your Artwork. Many Artists come and go like the seasons, but I firmly believe you have a bright future ahead of you with your extraordinary talent, and I therefore hope that the Art Community will recognise the genuine article when they see it.

Best wishes,

Ken

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mwatkins9801
26 Apr 2006 - 5:51 PM

wow... thanks dude. you nailed it perfectly regarding the interpretation- that is exactly what it means. thanks again for the awesome feedback.

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funkeldink
funkeldink e2 Member 101592 forum postsfunkeldink vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2006 - 3:31 AM

jeez ...the photo blew me away ...and then kens comment topped it off ...great work my friend ...hope your funky

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Ken_fuji
Ken_fuji  826 forum posts Scotland
28 Apr 2006 - 7:38 PM

You're very welcome - although there's no need to thank me Michael. It's a wonderful piece of Artwork, which deserves an in-depth comment, and I thank you for uploading it.

Take care my friend,

Ken

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old timer
old timer  955 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2006 - 4:58 AM

Why on Earth only 16 clicks for this fabulous work?!!
Jim

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Ken_fuji
Ken_fuji  826 forum posts Scotland
16 Nov 2006 - 1:03 AM

Oi!

Someone's been messing around with the comment I wrote by removing punctuation marks!

EPZ!??...

Sorry about this Michael.

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