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the Mysteries of Waxing Youth

By MichaelBilottaPhotography    
I recently discovered that my visual style owes a lot to Rene Magritte, the great Belgian Surrealist painter. The strange part is, I didn't know it. As a musician and a visual artist, I tend to not soak in a lot of art, either for fear of imitating what I am absorbing, or more likely, I find it hard to be a spectator of art, as I prefer to be actively involved in creating it.

Lately I have been looking at a lot of artists though, particularly the Dutch masters, and of course the surrealists. This led me to Magritte, but the illuminating part was, I had already seen his work, a lot of it, since i was a boy. Many of his iconic images were seen by me in Omni magazine, among others. It was pretty cool to find out that these paintings obviously worked their way into my palette in my formative years, and came out in some form all these years later.

And so, this image is definitely a nod to Magritte, particularly his Mysteries of the Horizon image, which uses the waxing moon icon as well as the bowler hat man. This piece is just a riff on youth: the new moon, the balloons, all symbols of youth, of being at the start of the journey.

Model: Gilberto Mendez

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

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
9 Oct 2012 5:26AM
Excellent work ! I love it ! As a father of a late surprise son of 14 this speaks volumes to me !Smile

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Thank you Hermanus! It is odd doing this theme for me now - it struck me when I was working with the model that I am old enough to be his father now!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 9:45AM
An extremely interesting foreword, one which I particularly enjoyed to read. The image itself well Michael again this speaks volumes about your undoubted creative and photographic genius. "I myself can only sit back and admire"

Regards Nathan
Andrew_Hurley 12 71 73 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 1:32PM
I spotted the Magritte influence straight away; 'Golconda' in particular. Excellently photographed and manipulated. Great work.


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