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Protected or Captive ?

By MoWiz
Haven't been around much, work has been getting in the way again.
Thought I'd upload something as its been a while, more use of displacement maps to put the shadow of razorwire over the original image.
The image is based on the balance most parents have to judge between freedom and protection for their kids.

I have a couple of days leave so will be catching up on the shots I have missed hopefully


Tags: Digitally manipulated

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16 Mar 2006 9:52AM
Let me be the first to give you a major click.. Welcome back brother, you've been sorely missed... And to come back with such a cracker can only mean 'into the hundreds of clicks we go'!!... Great work mate, you've really got the displacement mapping down to a tee... Love it... Your friend.. 5 (Love the selective colouring on the eyes too)...

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Jasbe Plus
11 116 England
16 Mar 2006 9:52AM
Nice work mate, great manipulation and a lovely portrait.
tripodted Plus
11 32 1 Northern Ireland
16 Mar 2006 9:54AM
Nice work, Mo! As a parent myself I often wonder about this myself.
thorn Plus
12 124 2 Scotland
16 Mar 2006 9:59AM
Hi Mo,your son makes a fantastic model for you and on such a subject as this,you have chosen a stoater of a shot Mo and as you say it is a fine balance.I agree with 5,into the hundreds with this one.Glad to have you back Mo,missed you and your work.Magnificent composition.Take care.AnnSmile
colin Plus
12 697 5 Scotland
16 Mar 2006 9:59AM
Powerful shot, Mo. You're lad is so angelic looking, but the razor wire shadow places his innocence in so much jeopardy. Great image.
Hanners Plus
11 875 10 Ireland
16 Mar 2006 10:02AM
A brilliant composition, You've caught the subject really well with the expression of innocence. The added displacement mapping is, for me at leat, a stroke of pure genious, and turns the image into a peice of art. I love the sense of loneliness about it too. It's a cracking provocative image and the clicks are going to fly in.
Excellent work that deserves all the credit it's going to get. BIG CLICK from me.
MarkT Plus
12 119 2 England
16 Mar 2006 10:10AM
Nice work.

Bold statement, Very powerful, and having a 6m old son, his freedom is so important to me. To be free to accomplish anything his heart leads him to do(in God's eyes).Thank you for this shot, it makes me reflect.
Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2006 10:19AM
Welcome back Mo. Lovely portrait and clever concept well realised (that said, I havn't got a clue what a displacement map is).

Jouİo Plus
12 56 Finland
16 Mar 2006 10:32AM
Good see you back, Mo!
Dont ask me anything about pedagogics...I really dont have an children, you know...

Very creative work...

taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
16 Mar 2006 10:35AM
Barbed wire has the wrong connotations for me--, but I can see what you are trying to convey--

Click, jennnnnnn
UserRemoved 12 6.2k 1
16 Mar 2006 10:40AM
Both portrait and DM, excellent!
starliz Plus
12 1.6k 3 England
16 Mar 2006 10:42AM
amazing image so very emotional,love the eyes the shadow has a huge impact on the face,very well thought out,excellent....
16 Mar 2006 11:25AM
thought provoking
16 Mar 2006 11:26AM
Even the portrait alone would be stunning, but the razorwire adds a great deal.
16 Mar 2006 11:31AM
An outstanding shot Mo, love the detail very emotional the eyes are stunning too......

arnieg Plus
12 704 England
16 Mar 2006 11:35AM
excellent work mo
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
16 Mar 2006 11:45AM
I realy like your description of the shot and describing your thoughts regarding your boy.

A photo can say so many things!
Blenkinsopp Plus
11 320 4 England
16 Mar 2006 11:45AM
a really powerful image - well done
ColouredImages 12 47 35 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2006 11:50AM
A superb and meaningful composition Mo. Another sure-fire winner
Gavin Plus
12 17
16 Mar 2006 12:04PM
Nice one Mo

MalcolmS Plus
11 1.2k 13 England
16 Mar 2006 12:13PM
Great shot Mo, liked the original, this is very thought provoking

C_Daniels Plus
12 399 10 England
16 Mar 2006 12:26PM
Nice shadow work - interesting and thought provoking!
16 Mar 2006 12:34PM
Really well caught. Love the eyes...
TessC Plus
11 1 Ireland
16 Mar 2006 12:52PM
A wonderful capture, and the lighting is perfect. A very thought provoking image..
16 Mar 2006 12:52PM
Wow. Great image. Very thought provoking.
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
16 Mar 2006 1:42PM
Love the title Mo,good effects which are well done,not over the top.Like the selective colouring in the eyes..he's beautiful.
Paree Plus
11 616 3
16 Mar 2006 1:53PM
when I first saw the thumb nail and the title, I thought that this was a child from Israel
behind the wall, my eldest sons wife's family live there and I have often thought that the wall which they say is keeping them safe is also keeping them prisoners,
Any way the description is of a different meaning which is close to my heart as I work with children and I have often thought about the message that your picture is about, are we freeing the children from danger, or are we making prisoners of them beautiful flowers in a hot house environment
your photo is very beautiful, and thought provoking, the little boy is a little charmer
well done
p.s. sorry to ramble on a bit
16 Mar 2006 2:24PM
Great idea, beautifully accomplished Mo, well done.

16 Mar 2006 4:30PM
Mo outstanding and really an amazing feel with the barbed wire shadow and the selective colour on the childs eye! Very deep because the way the world is these days feel we have lost freedom and innocense!

stay well
Jaye Plus
11 3
16 Mar 2006 5:27PM
Interesting treatment of the wonderful shot of yours..Judith
jules41 Plus
12 197 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2006 7:39PM
Such a thought evoking image.superbly done
PatrickSmith Plus
12 1.2k 2 United States
16 Mar 2006 9:22PM
Very well done Mo! Just as a portrait, it has great light and personality. But the shadows and your description add another layer to it that makes it stand out.
ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2006 9:59PM
A great result Mo, I really like the selective colouring of the eyes too,
KBan Plus
11 495 4 England
16 Mar 2006 10:35PM
a cracker Mo!
Welcome back mate
AlanBW Plus
10 20 England
16 Mar 2006 10:42PM
Great composition, a superb shot
shane Plus
12 7 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2006 10:50PM
Beautiful photograph, the lighting and shadows are excellent. love it Mo

glenalva Plus
11 338 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2006 12:05AM
Brilliant work, very evocative image indeed.

tull Plus
13 181 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2006 12:30AM
Stunning Mo glad to be click 50 mate.

sunshot Plus
12 24 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2006 12:43AM
wow!!! this is stunning, very well done.

Chant57 Plus
11 395 3 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2006 12:50AM
Evocative image and very clever concept. Brilliant work.
17 Mar 2006 1:02AM
Nice work, Mo - fabolous shot

VintageRed Plus
11 15 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2006 1:03AM
I agree - an evocative and powerful shot. Mo, you have an ability to produce a simple image that speaks volumes. Perhaps you should pursue an avenue as a political cartoonist. Nick.
User_Removed 13 39 6 Scotland
17 Mar 2006 2:03AM
This is one powerful shot Mo that goes way beyond words so I will just leave it there and say wonderful stuff my friend.
Take care Victor
jamsa Plus
12 17 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2006 3:42AM
Very moving and creative shot...Superb in B&W. Evocative because it is in B&W!
Well done.
Leo Plus
15 46 9 England
17 Mar 2006 4:52AM
I'm lost for words of praise on this Mo, other than to say how well you've got into the use of displacement maps, something I promised myself I'd look into and so far I've only got as far as type, layered on to an undulating surface...this of yours is into a realm I haven't yet explored. I admire the capacity you have for coming up with unique ideas, like Victor, you seem to generate them, endlesslySmile

iajacks Plus
11 24 England
17 Mar 2006 5:50AM
very simbolic feel to this one mo.

almost look as if the child is infrount of the barb wire.

well done IAJACKS
ValSaxby Plus
11 145 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2006 12:50PM
Superb image. Excellent work
17 Mar 2006 3:13PM
Excellent work! I love this! Smile
Wooly Plus
11 112 4 England
17 Mar 2006 11:41PM
Excellent portrayal of a great dilemma. If only they came with an instruction manual.

GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2006 1:01AM
Excellent work here Mo, it makes me stop and think back to the care free world of my childhood and wonder if it has gone forever.
georg Plus
12 4 South Africa
18 Mar 2006 1:22AM
A photo worth watching and it deserves lots of clicks!!
Im getting behind on making comments, but I will catch
up when time is more freely available!!

jan 1 Plus
12 12 Netherlands
18 Mar 2006 4:02AM
Will do without the wires, Mo.
18 Mar 2006 4:40AM
excellent shot
Retnyap Plus
11 28
18 Mar 2006 8:09AM
Mo, An evocative image, I'm not sure about razor wire to express this subject matter. It could certainly be used in some circumstances around the world on a more political note... Good to see your active on the site again. Work does get in the way for sure:0)

Davey P.
18 Mar 2006 2:51PM
good work
Marian Plus
11 62 England
18 Mar 2006 10:46PM
I cannot think of anything else to add so I'll just say it's wonderful and click.
davidbailie Plus
13 457 7 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2006 12:14AM
Either way - Heavy!!

Good work

19 Mar 2006 2:19AM
great work,very thought provoking! You have a stunning model.
sputnki Plus
12 10 Canada
19 Mar 2006 3:00AM
Intriguing and disturbing image Mo! I'll have to look into displacement maps!

Wonderful composition, but the skin tones are amazing. Excellent image.

bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
19 Mar 2006 4:40AM
Great thought behind this Mo. Well expressed. Too much freedom can lead to problems that come back to you. Too much protection you will install your own problems. A fine line.

19 Mar 2006 5:41AM
Beautiful and powerfull image.

19 Mar 2006 7:18AM
stunning image Mo
A Booth Plus
14 11 4 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2006 7:45AM
good portrait with a strong well presented message.
Really powerful image Mo,
19 Mar 2006 10:14AM
A little unsettling, but a masterwork of PS. Wish I had a clue as to how to do it...need to do some study Smile

hi m8 hope you are keeping well
this is another gr8 shot well done
glazzaro Plus
12 70 23 United States
19 Mar 2006 5:10PM
Brilliant shot, and as a parent I know just how difficult a decision that is to make day to day! Spot on! Click!!!

20 Mar 2006 6:19AM
beautiful shot love the tones nice one.....liz
20 Mar 2006 10:50AM
Excellent composition, stunning in B&W.
Tonyd3 Plus
12 1.0k 15 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2006 1:39PM
nicely done Mo
regards Tony
Desh_M Plus
12 387
20 Mar 2006 8:55PM
Nice shot
Very thought-provoking
- Desh
20 Mar 2006 11:28PM
Wow, great shot and as Desh says, very thought provoking. This works so well. Jon.
21 Mar 2006 12:25PM
Excellent image Mo...Nice work...

Cristian Plus
12 950 1
21 Mar 2006 1:00PM
Great shot mo.

bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
21 Mar 2006 1:49PM
Really nicely done,MoSmile
old timer Plus
12 55 1 Scotland
22 Mar 2006 5:22AM
Excellent work, Mo!!
Well thought out Mo, excellent.
CollY Plus
11 14
22 Mar 2006 5:36PM
Glad to take this to 100, his expression well suites the image...The lighting on his beautiful face is spot on, and the barbed wire effect is well represented with your title and description.
Well done
23 Mar 2006 1:07AM
Wonderful! Den Smile
acbeat Plus
11 14 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2006 4:20AM
very strong image .

andy b
denka Plus
11 7 Finland
24 Mar 2006 2:24AM
Hi Mo!
What a fantstic photo so strong and beautiful at the same time. I just love it.

24 Mar 2006 8:47AM
Simply stunning and a great idea.

25 Mar 2006 2:17AM
Mo what an amazing creative picture. you have such talent and the scope for the future seems endless!
30 Mar 2006 1:23AM
Mo, another stunner. The composition and concept is perfect, well done.

2 Apr 2006 12:20PM
great is obvious from the overwelming response you've got here

very well done!
wow, it's incredible, a fantastic idea and my god, that's the cutests kid ever!! love it
7 Apr 2006 8:49AM
Excellent image! Great work!
13 Apr 2006 7:15AM
I really like this not just for the excellent quality of the image and the work on it .... but for the thought provoking message you have written with it! Brilliant! Click*
15 Apr 2006 12:46AM
outstanding image Mo.. has all been said but wanted to add my voice to the clamour. Congrats
bzbee Plus
12 102 3 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2006 11:49PM
Amazingly arresting shot - a perfectly dear face with an alarming shadow. Eloquent image - congratulations. Never heard of displacement maps but whatever they are, they are powerful!!!!
WOW very Powerfull shot!

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