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Riddles In The Dark

By MichaelBilottaPhotography    
Riddles in the Dark is the title of what is arguably the most important chapter from the Hobbit in terms of seeding the story for Lord of the Rings. In it, Gollum challenges Bilbo to a game of riddles - if Bilbo wins, he lives and Gollum would show him the way out of the tunnel he was lost in. If he loses, Gollum would eat him.

What does this image have to do with it? Not much at all, except that as I was composing it, starting with just the model against a blank background, it reminded me of Gollum and how he would sit on his haunches. After adding in the misty background, it was really starting to scream RIDDLES IN THE DARK!!! Since it seemed an unavoidable title, which I love, I had to find what that would mean beyond the Hobbit reference, and given my tendency to mine the human psyche and all its idiosyncrasies for fodder, I decided to add the keys, which served as a puzzle to unlock, or secrets to uncover. The absurdity of the man being immobile, covering his face, possibly deliberately, struck me as a personality I know something about: one who deliberately blinds himself to the way out, while all around him, the answers dangle, waiting to be seized. Someone who needs confusion as fuel to proceed.

Riddles in the Dark, except the darkness is willful, and self-defeating, and the answers can be pretty obvious if you would only look around you!

Model: Ed Barron

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

Voters: PranavMishra, Youngjedi75, NDODS and 36 more

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PranavMishra 5 52 17 India
23 Aug 2012 3:11AM
the coldness of it is very striking.. that its a strong man who is broken is giving it more appeal.. A really brilliant work which reflects what is so relevant in everyone's life..
your work is very inspiring for me.. and i think if i could be only 50% of you in it, I could carry out many themes.. I too keep noting down themes in a notepad, picturing how it will be.. but my knowledge is an issue apart from other things.. seeing your work i get the boost and will to keep trying for better.. Regards.PK.

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23 Aug 2012 6:18AM
an exceptional photo
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 6:39AM
An image which strikes home with me from the darkest of all closets, cupboards, and inner sanctums.

Regards Nathan
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
23 Aug 2012 9:15AM

Quote:Riddles in the Dark, except the darkness is willful, and self-defeating, and the answers can be pretty obvious if you would only look around you!
The answers may be obvious but not often easy.
clintQB 6 51 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 9:47PM
breath taking....amazing work
24 Aug 2012 12:00PM
Very good!

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