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the Strange Self Portrait of Dr. Henry Jekyll (revisited)

By MichaelBilottaPhotography    
A lot can happen in a year. One year ago I bought my current camera, finally getting a full frame camera, basically my dream camera. Shortly after buying it, did my first photo session with it. It was not exactly easy, I struggled with the new camera a little, and ideas were not exactly overflowing for the shoot. The one idea that I had was a riff on the Jekyll and Hyde duality concept, and this image was the result. It's been one year since I made this piece, and this one did pretty well for me - it was chosen by Canon's Project Imagination as a finalist, and was eventually picked to be incorporated by celebrity director Eva Longoria into her upcoming short film.

Not bad, right? So why tamper with it? Well, for starters, I am a better editor and photo manipulator now than I was a year ago, and even though there are pieces that I did a year ago I am still pleased with and would never touch, this was not one of them. The square format, something I started doing last year, was still new to me, and I didn't know how to expand a shot into a larger square, so, the crop on the original edit was too tight, with no breathing room around the poor doctor and his alter ego. Also, I chose a strange green color caste, something I love, which is my favorite color, but it gave the doctor a sickly pallor. Finally, the background was, well, there was no background, nothing to give the doctor any context or mood, other than the portrait he holds.

So, for its one year anniversary, I decided to take a stab at improving it. It's a subjective thing, whether this version is an improvement or not, and it's fine either way. Certainly I like this version better, and hopefully you do to. It's always a tough call, to revisit past works and tamper with them, but I doubt I will do that very often, and anyway, I think the doctor deserved a new paint job!

If you're curious, the original version can be seen here:">

Model: Ed Barron

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

Voters: martin.w, fazzer, jamesmoorephotography and 22 more

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7 Aug 2013 4:02AM
Wonderful "portrait", literally, portraying.

DeSilver Plus
13 14 12 England
7 Aug 2013 8:32AM
Stunning piece of work and well worth the effort of a rework. The only thing I do not understand is the 'Key' Does this mean that it is the key to unlocking Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde's personality?

bluesandtwos 11 521 1 England
7 Aug 2013 9:08AM
I've been flicking between the old and the new and am almost embarrassed to say I prefer your original Blush, although I'm not really sure why.

Looking through your collection on Flickr, that's one amazing portfolio!

Hi David, I use keys symbolically a lot, and I thought it seemed appropriate here, and yes, unlocking the inner monster, Mr. Hyde, plus, a little floating key I thought added a little visual interest.

Dave, totally fine with the original - the thing that drove me most crazy about it thought was the crop was too tight. That was the main thing.

Thank you Peter!
Niknut Plus
11 2.9k 82 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2013 5:45PM
Wow !!!!......terrific piece of work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
User_Removed 8 10 4 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2013 5:06AM
This is an interesting mix of mood and story, well done


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