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Eleven Kinds of Loneliness

By MichaelBilottaPhotography    
Eleven Kinds of Loneliness is the title of a collection of short stories by Richard Yates, which explored the post war disillusionment and isolation of the 1950s, following the lives of ordinary people disappointed by their inability to fulfill the promise of their youth.

I chose this title for this image for a couple of reasons: Firstly, it is a gorgeous title, haunting and enigmatic, open-ended and oddly specific. Secondly, it was to be the theme and resulting series of a recent photo shoot that was a crash and burn failure on my part. I was going to do a series of eleven images, each with a theme of loneliness (loneliness of illness, loneliness of a bad marriage, etc) and using the umbrella as a metaphor throughout. Much planning went into the shoot, all to no avail - perhaps a bit too ambitious on a limited budget and all to be shot in one day.

In any event, I wanted to start the year off with a little out with the old, in with the new, and I have managed to get that umbrella and concept into this latest round of images featuring model Ed Barron despite the setback of the failed shoot. Perhaps not as grand as I would have liked, but I am still pleased to have the umbrellas flying just the same. As a device, or metaphorical construct, they say so much: protection, defense, solitude, comfort, desperation…and now I can let the failed shoot and its concept rest, as I have my Eleven after all.

Regarding this image, it was a bit of a monster edit after all, taking over 15 hours to complete, and requiring a lot of fine tuning to get it clean and neat. I think this image is very open-ended, open to interpretation and flexible. I can certainly tell you what each layer means to me, but I think I will leave that to the viewer this time. It was a long edit, but a great way to start the new year doing what I love to do. Thanks for viewing and reading.

Model: Ed Barron

Tags: Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Digital art Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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Dinky65 5 1 United States
1 Jan 2013 10:55PM
Best editing I have seen yet. great job.Smile

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Trout_Man 9 1 30 Wales
1 Jan 2013 11:10PM
Excellent processing and composition
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
2 Jan 2013 9:09AM
Certainly grabbed my attention and had me transfixed on the person's face and emotions. The rest just adds to the mood. Wonderful.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 9:29AM
An image which immediately evokes a response. One which has been wonderfully crafted and clearly thought through.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
BlueRoom Plus
12 73 20 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 2:26PM
So beautifully composed and a master class in controlled tones.
A powerful image the hits home on every level.

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
2 Jan 2013 4:24PM
BlueRoom said it all.
Thanks everyone! If anyone is interested in seeing the "makeover" before and after of this one, i posted a blog layer by layer here:

Thanks everyone!
p12owe 5 101 2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 6:53PM
Well worth the time you spent on it!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 10:43PM
The title grabbed my attention and the image didn't disappoint.
Congratulations on all the effort put into this but despite it's sad theme, I still see hope
in the light.
Thanks so much Kate!
Thanks Pete!
4 Jan 2013 10:59PM
Poignant and very evocative, superb.

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