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Helping Hand

By ChiliMan
First of all, thanks so much for the encouragement on my flower pics, people Smile

I did, however, say that the next upload would be a non-flowery non-white backgroundy here you go.

This is from the archives, taken and put together a year ago maybe?

I'd gone to pick up my dad from his church on a Sunday evening and had my cam with me. There's a little garden by the side of the church and in it is a statue of the Virgin Mary. To the right, under a light, is a life ring behind which is a chain leading to an anchor.

I was playing with long exposure, resting the cam on a wall, and took two separate images. One of the statue and one of the ring.

I liked how the images came out - I took several of each with different exposures but only one of each came out well.

And while looking at them, I suddenly thought of people who've ended up ending it all. And how a lot of that perhaps could've been avoided if they'd sought help. I'm talking about them just talking to friends/family/caring people who could perhaps offer an optimistic perspective on whatever misery the person is going through, thus giving them some life-saving hope.

Hence the title.

And I kinda liked the final image when I put these two shots together.

All C&Cs welcome, OBviously, positive or otherwise Smile


Tags: General Abstract Spirit Hope Digitally manipulated Faith Conceptual Flash and lighting

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cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
2 May 2008 8:08PM
wonderful lighting

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proz 13 205 United States
2 May 2008 8:12PM
fine composite and excellent message behind it Andrew. great job with these exposures too.
2 May 2008 8:17PM
I typed and lost it - I'll try again. Poeple need help and all of us can give that help. I come from a Christian perspective and would hope to offer a way forward for those in need. This is a challenging and effective image Andrew - go for more!

Strobe 10 1.3k United States
2 May 2008 8:28PM
Good composition and light.
KKmoments 11 12 1 United Kingdom
2 May 2008 8:30PM
WOW... this is a highly emotive and thought provoking image.... beautifully put together with great lighting/detail and a wonderful message behind it.... communication nowadays is an art form in itself I remember BT's old saying 'its good to talk' if people just did that so much could be resolved and prevented.....
Superb image and one to be very proud of.... Karen Smile
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
2 May 2008 8:34PM
incredible light...
both images go on well together
luxaeternam 10 21 1
2 May 2008 8:42PM
Superb, and a great message of hope.
Smile Lucy
csr 11 3 England
2 May 2008 8:54PM
Wonderful lighting nice one
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
2 May 2008 8:57PM
Excellent concept and well executed. wonderful image.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
2 May 2008 9:36PM
Super concept and so well worked
Possum 11 148 England
2 May 2008 10:26PM
What a great visual message.
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
2 May 2008 10:42PM
A very emotional image Andrew & your words are very thought provoking.
Wonderfully put together.
Take care,
Hilary Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 May 2008 11:47PM
Two excellent image, a great narrative , wonderful ideas!

thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
2 May 2008 11:55PM
Hi Andrew,
Emotive,Evocative,well thought out,good title and it's good to help each other when you can.Splendid idea.take care,AnnSmile
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
3 May 2008 12:25AM
Very thought provoking image, Andrew, excellent work. Carol
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
3 May 2008 1:47AM
Nicely put together, and a very profound thought, Andrew.
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
3 May 2008 4:55AM
Karen has said it so well I'll just say she has spoken for fact, I do believe.....for all of us!
Rgds., Jim
AlanBW 12 20 England
3 May 2008 10:07AM
Fascinating image, well put together
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
3 May 2008 1:46PM
Interesting; it works really well.

Androo 11 United Kingdom
3 May 2008 5:55PM
Oooh yeah i like that! Very interesting image, clever title, me not being a huge fan of flower shots i'm glad to see you uploading a different style again!

dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
4 May 2008 5:14AM
powerful image and write up ..well done
IFIMAGE 10 143 Wales
4 May 2008 10:34AM
I like.
Nice work
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
4 May 2008 9:03PM
Excellent Image well worked great title,
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
5 May 2008 9:54PM
Oh well done Andrew..totally different and so interesting. Great shot.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 May 2008 10:57PM
A wonderful image Andrew, very well thought out and executed, and an important message to go with it too
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
9 May 2008 9:10PM
Wow fabulous Andrew. Very imaginative and stunning!
Marilyn x
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
21 May 2008 5:54PM
great comp and lighting
Rogerex 11 32 12 Australia
28 May 2008 2:38AM
An excellent image. I like the way you have juxtaposed the 2 subjects to convey a very meaningful message.

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