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Removing the Mask

By helenlinda
Tens of thousands of women, egged on by their friends, shared pictures of themselves without makeup to raise awareness of breast cancer last week.

By Friday the viral trend had transformed into a fundraising phenomenon, generating a 2m windfall for Cancer Research UK.

The #nomakeupselfies campaign raised the money in just 48 hours, the charity said, with hundreds of thousands of donations from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter users sharing pictures of themselves without makeup and nominating a friend to do the same.

Cancer Research UK said it had not initiated this particular campaign, but was alerted to the #nomakeupselfies trend on Tuesday and began to ask users to add a donation request and text code to their posts. Since then, the money has flooded into the UK charity.

But I wonder .......................What else do we hide behind the masks that we wear?


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

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Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
23 Mar 2014 11:29PM
Amazing how things start. A great image, very well done Helen.

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Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2014 11:45PM
Superb image - excellent question.

Kate GrinGrinGrin
24 Mar 2014 12:05AM
Another thought provoking image, Helen!
The narrative gives us much to think about, too.

taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
24 Mar 2014 12:33AM
I am not on to wear makeup--- , I just hide under the covers-----

Lots of work went into your image, it is scary!
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 1:25AM
Creative awareness beautifully executed.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
24 Mar 2014 5:29AM
A lovely creation

CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
24 Mar 2014 5:45AM
Very well produced, Helen, and an excellent result for Cancer Research. Carol
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 7:38AM
A very powerful image and a good cause.
7 10 10 England
24 Mar 2014 8:04AM
Haven't really taken much interest in this Selfie lark but the money raised for cancer research has got to be good. The image so well executed - superb work.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1500 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 8:11AM
I didn't know about this (and I only came across the word selfie quite recently...) Beautiful and thought-provoking.
24 Mar 2014 8:25AM
A cracking image Helen, fabulous work.

franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
24 Mar 2014 8:55AM
Amazing work here Helen.

Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 9:07AM
A worthy cause, my granddaoughter had her head shaved to raise money in memory of her greandmother. My wife. Excellent work, on both counts Helen.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
24 Mar 2014 10:22AM
A very interesting project, and you have made a fine image to illustrate it.
24 Mar 2014 11:17AM
some real good came of it then

TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
24 Mar 2014 11:47AM
An excellent achievement, Helen...and an excellent creation here, too SmileSmile
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ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
24 Mar 2014 4:20PM
A creative image Helen, a lovely idea for Cancer awareness, I don't look as makeup being a mask more like enhancing your natural beauty....
24 Mar 2014 4:50PM
A worthy cause Helen and a great image..Lin
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 10:47PM
Superbly created and processed Helen. A real work of Art.
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2014 12:25AM
An amazing result for the charity, Helen. I don't wear it personally.
I like the "wooden" face and the deep warm tones, very creative. The woodgrain looks like my wrinklesWink!
Source 6
26 Mar 2014 11:47PM
Love this.Superb!
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gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
3 Apr 2014 10:07PM
I've been away too long but when I got to your portfolio, this was the image I had to see first. It is wonderful.
AND -- I love the narrative you posted with this.

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