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The Decision

My third in the series.

The decision to visit Alcoholics Anonymous is a big one to make & should not be entered into half-heartedly or for the benefit of others.
AA is not there to be hidden behind,it's there to help & support the folk who need it.

This time,the bottle is half full...or is it half empty ?...I don't know,you decide but please, try & let me know why you chose either one.....thankyou.

F5.6 manual mode
1/125th sec
ISO 200
Pattern metering.
Lit by one studio flash unit with softbox attached.

Thankyou for taking the time to look,your thoughts would be appreciated.
Janet xx

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 50mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Consequences III
Username:chase chase
Uploaded:12 Jan 2010 - 6:38 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flash / lighting, General, Still life
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7124 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 6:42 PM

Another great image in this series, Janet. Carol

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sherring
sherring  646 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 6:50 PM

A very nice still life image.

Steve.

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 6:55 PM

Brilliant compositon again, the colours really suit the message.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 7:13 PM

Well worth viewing large - love the textures and details in this.
Well set and lit.
Regards Richard.

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LesF
LesF  7175 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 7:22 PM

Would the alcoholic think of it as half empty don't know but its made me think so for that the shot has worked as the other two did

LesF

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nglen
nglen  641 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 7:27 PM

Hi Janet. You have made me think about the past the last few days which for me is a good thing . I must not shut it out. As for the bottle today its half full in the past everthing was half empty like my life.
No todays picture each one gets better. A very good compositon and use of the lights . All i would have done is put the bottle this side of the book. So it dose not look as if you are trying to hide behind AA.

Nick..
Pss is it day 12.

Last Modified By nglen at 12 Jan 2010 - 7:31 PM

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Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 7:38 PM

I missed the the others in this series, so had a look before making this comment. I think you should be commended in the way you've handled what is a very difficult subject as you've done it so very well. For me as an optimist the bottle would be half full, but for those who suffer from this disease - if that's the right word - I would imagine that the bottle is half empty, who knows? Whatever the outcome it has made me think about it at least. Excellent work Smile

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 7:48 PM

the bottle is half full because the person (whoever that may be) has begun to overcome the drink problem - well composed image - never been in that position, so hard to comment I cant even begin to imagine a situation beyond my control, such as being an alcoholic but I am very aware of the problems drink can cause, thankfully I am not a drinker unless we are talking of tea - well done for handling this subject with diplomacy

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chase
chase Critique Team 81104 forum postschase vcard England231 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 8:11 PM

Really great to see you thinking out loud like this,thankyou.
I'm glad you looked at the other two Tony before making your comment.
Is the bottle half full because the attempt to bring the AA into the situation is half-hearted perhaps...or half empty in an effort to halt the addiction?...I can't make up my mind.

Quote: So it does not look as if you are trying to hide behind AA.


The very reason I put it there Nick & yes indeed it is day 12 Smile
A big thankyou to you all.
Janet xx

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Dotrob
Dotrob  8 Wales
12 Jan 2010 - 8:14 PM

Great series Janet, with these images, you have all made us think at little.
Dot

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Alan_Coles
12 Jan 2010 - 8:17 PM

Great series Janet and well presented.

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phil_j
phil_j  7133 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 8:32 PM

A very thought provoking image, as has been the previous images in this series.
For certain reasons at the moment with events in my life I view the bottle as being half empty, but I know that I should really be looking at it as being half full, so you have made me think long and hard how I can change things.

Phil

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2010 - 8:40 PM

A superb image
john

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 8:55 PM

Another excellent image Janet.....

I think it can be both....because it applies to more than just the bottle's contents. Once full/whole there are now two halfs....one person is now half empty and the other only half the full person they were.

Hope I make sense.


~Alley~

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chase
chase Critique Team 81104 forum postschase vcard England231 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 9:17 PM

That's deep Alison but yet it makes sense to me.

I'm pleased I have made you think Phil,these images have worked for me too...in so many ways.

Last Modified By chase at 12 Jan 2010 - 9:18 PM

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61581 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom572 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 9:29 PM

20 years 6 months without a drink. it can be half full now dosnt matter
Phil

just an opinion, i dont think the bottle actually adds to this, the book and the flowers say more.
the light is superb too

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Image123
Image123  4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2010 - 9:33 PM

superb image
Gareth

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 63723 forum postsNick_w vcard England98 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 9:36 PM

Just viewed all three in the series, to me this s the most emotive (hence the UA), giving a quite sombre feel, almost a memorial. Great series, probably some of your best work as the emotions just spills over the images.

Nick

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Pete67
Pete67  7 England
12 Jan 2010 - 9:44 PM

I have to agree with Tony (Hanners) comment.
This is the first image in God knows how long, that has really made me think.

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Just coming back to the meaning as I don't think I gave it justice (and the edit time was up).

To me what really makes it is that it works on different levels. The initial one is what I described in my comment above, that of death, the finality of what could happen.

But more subtly (and what makes it the most striking) The Book, a book of condolence, about the person ..or the mourning of the passing of the use of alcohol.

The flowers, are they to represent the passing of the person, or a offering to the long suffering partner, to say sorry I've taken the first step.

And the last one the half full bottle - a decisive moment.

So the composition works photographically, but more importantly on a much, much higher level.

Hope it makes sense

Nick

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chase
chase Critique Team 81104 forum postschase vcard England231 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2010 - 11:26 PM

Phil...20 years,well done,my compliments to you Smile

Quote: i dont think the bottle actually adds to this,

At the moment the bottle has to be there.The sufferer is at the decision stage & the bottle is still a huge part of life,maybe hiding behind AA or betwixt the pages of the Big Book..as depicted in the image,at least it is only half full,a step forward perhaps.

Quote: the half full bottle - a decisive moment.

..yes,the person is faced with a decision or a dilemma...a choice,exactly.
The bottle may not add to the image as such, but it is part of the time in the life of an Alcoholic.
Nick,there are many ways to interpret an image such as this & it will mean different things to different people.The flowers....I personally see them as an offering,not necessarily to another person or partner but perhaps to life.Maybe others will see them as the passing of something...a stage in life perhaps,or even life itself.
Thankyou for your UA Nick & the compliment.
Pete,I am so pleased I have made you & others think,even for a few short moments.
Living with an Alcoholic makes you think & review life loads of times,am I doing the right thing...what is the right thing...who knows ?

I see two more images in this series,whether I can capture them on a memory card is another matter.

Thankyou everyone for your time & thoughts,I have had a few emotional PM's for which I am grateful.
Janet xx

Last Modified By chase at 12 Jan 2010 - 11:30 PM

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stevie
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13 Jan 2010 - 4:45 AM

Brilliuant series of images in many ways.

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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2010 - 9:51 AM

Another excellent addition to the series Janet. Very thought provoking. I'm a half full person, but the message and content makes me wonder if it's right or wrong.

Congrats on your extra sticker.

Alan

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