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dudler Plus
14 706 1351 England
16 Mar 2014 2:23PM
Yes - dark details...

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16 Mar 2014 3:00PM
I think it was a good idea to give us that second line (destruction of the inner child) to make the thought clear. Very thought provoking and superb execution.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
16 Mar 2014 7:11PM
I'm always in awe of your images Nick, but have to admit that I often don't see the deeper meaning. But that's just me being shallow. Your images stand out and stand alone, whether I understand them or not.
17 Mar 2014 7:33AM
Yes, it's disconcerting, but not offensive. The skill of it prevails for me. Striking and memorable.
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
17 Mar 2014 12:27PM
Not dark enough, Nick. I think if it's going to have an impact it has to actually shock. Nice enough but just a bit safe.
bluesandtwos 8 329 1 England
17 Mar 2014 1:00PM
Deep, sinister in it's own way but profoundly brilliant.

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
17 Mar 2014 1:09PM
Thanks everyone. Big thanks Rob and John for the user awards and team for the HC Smile

Keith thanks for the comments, I really value them. I did toy with making it very dark and well gruesome - but I concluded that would be the safe option. But that wasn't the message I was trying to get across. I wanted an almost cold forbodding atmosphere, almost empty, someone with a lot of baggage, regrets. The blood is not enough to signify death but to say life's blood is draining away (erratic to say chaos under a veneer of calm). I was wanting the viewer to draw conclusions - is the baby dead? was it ever actually there (is it the emptiness in her life),?did she terminate it? (Tied in with the message on the wall) What baggage (emotional and actual) is she clinging onto? is it significant where the bag is?

The shock factor I was trying to give was like in a film before an event happens, which for me is often more disturbing than the actual event. However if people view it as safe, then I've not quite got across the full message.

There is also another message in there, hinted in the tag line but ...

One final comment, when I created this image in my head (long before I pressed any shutter) I had an audience in mind..

Just seen your comment and UA Dave much appreciated Smile
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
17 Mar 2014 2:26PM
probably not the intended audience for this stuff Nick - but do quite like the lighting - how you've got the cradle lit extra to the surroundings etc. looks good.

I don't "get" all the subtexts and horror you are trying to imply... I just see a lass with a case in a room with some writing on the wall and a cradle...

TanyaH Plus
15 1.3k 394 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 5:19PM
I think this image makes more sense with the cradle, and the faded writing on the wall. But I actually think that 'Body of Evidence' was more disturbing in a way, probably because there was no obvious link in that one between the case/writing/young woman. Having said that, this image is very thought provoking in its own right, and although it could be 'darker' emotionally, I like the cold clinical feel you've got here. Very reminiscent of innocence lost.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
17 Mar 2014 6:20PM

Quote:Very reminiscent of innocence lost.

I wish is thought of that as the title, far more fitting
TanyaH Plus
15 1.3k 394 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2014 9:30AM
Nah, it was your title that got me thinking about the image in the first place!
25 Mar 2014 8:00AM
"Hand that rocked the cradle" has made me think of the film. So I see the woman in the image as the nanny, perhaps taken the baby back to the hospital she lost her baby in or perhaps she was born in? Perhaps baby is in the suitcase, seeing there is blood dripping from it!
Good shot to get your imagination flowing.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
25 Mar 2014 8:28PM
Clever !
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
26 Mar 2014 9:35AM
Of anyone, I thought you'd get it Janet Wink
harryw 12 80 1 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 7:14PM
Hi Nick
I think it was the model's expression that first caught my attention, apart from being very pretty Smile
Didn't see the blood until it was pointed out, was fascinated with the sign and wall colour, is it really an old hospital?
Guess people will read into the image whatever they want.
I like it, but it's my kind of thing, well done

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