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the Gathering of the Clouds

By MichaelBilottaPhotography    
Last year I created an image called "Riddles in the Dark" in which a man who appears to be in distress, head in hands, is naked in a murky swamp like setting, with keys on strings dangling all about him. It was about deliberately ignoring the answers to your problems all around you.

Being a fan of metaphors and symbolism in my images, I loved the keys, and have used them twice so far - they appear again in "a Willful Loss of Memory." For some reason I got it in my head to re-visit 'Riddles in the Dark" with this shot, and see what would happen. I used the same textures, the same setting and techniques in this one as I did in the other, modifying this one to be a bit warmer and brighter. There are half the keys in this shot as there were in "Riddles." Both show a naked man, but this one is younger and seemingly more at ease, though still oblivious or ignorant to the keys suspended around him.

I think the bridge between the two for me is the fact that these are both about a personality type - one who requires strife and chaos in their life to function. These traits are there from early on, and either are dealt with or they are not. So did there need to be a prequel to "Riddles?" No, but I wanted to do it as a bookend to the other one, to imply a history between the two, as if one is the younger version of the other, but still showing the same inability to take the keys. It was also a bit of fun...the title of "Riddles in the Dark" comes from a chapter of "the Hobbit" as does the title of this one. I am a sucker for symmetry and recurring themes!

model: Mike Ryan

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

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 9:27AM
Again an image which I can certainly relate to...

A little riddle to keep the creative juices flowing Michael.

Can you solve this riddle?

If you were in a room and lions who have not eaten for five months were about to eat and there were three doors that had locks on them and you had three keys, one door in front of you and another on the left, and the last on the on the right, how would you know which key to use for each door?

Regards Nathan Grin

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hmmmmm The one that fit the locK?


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