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Infinite Regress

By MichaelBilottaPhotography    
This one, in all its simplicity, was a bit of a monster. The idea was there since before the shoot - a rarity for me, as I usually compose images after they are shot, and add concepts into the raw material. But this one was a planned one, and even though I had what I wanted in mind, this nevertheless became a difficult edit.

The model shot had to be expanded to fit my desired dimensions, which meant pulling and stretching the negative space around the model. The wall was built using an old lock and key I bought in an antique store. The lighting was all artificial, since this shot would have required me to shoot the model with a light source aimed into my camera, and that would have been a lens flare nightmare. So the side lighting I used had to be modified to reflect a consistency with my window light source.

Thematically, I was thinking of science, and the Age of Enlightenment. I was thinking of paradoxes, and conundrums, and ultimately, what I am depicting is called Infinite Regress - what is needed is outside, but to get to it, you need the key to unlock a door, but the key is outside, etc. A puzzle.

Model: Gilberto Mendez

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

Voters: ArtRat, hi14ry, MattB1987 and 16 more

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Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
22 Jan 2013 1:14PM
This reminds me of some of the games people play on their computers. Sounds like it would make a good theme for a game. And you could have many images while trying to get outside to capture the key. You have such an imagination. Well done.........Sandy

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Imagecrafter 9 2 1 Scotland
22 Jan 2013 7:36PM
This was well worth the hard work, Michael. Another great image.

p12owe 7 101 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 7:47PM
I see some much darker imagery at work here Michael... but that's my strange mind!
Suehh 13 39 6 England
23 Jan 2013 9:21PM
Wonderfully clever work ... super concept

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