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By mwatkins9801
been away for a while- keeping busy. hope y'all are well. there are details in this which only seem to show up when viewed large.... sorry.

Tags: Digitally manipulated

Voters: proberts, cdm36, tull and 13 more

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billma 14 119 United States
20 Apr 2006 6:48PM
I am not sure what to comment upon. I don't understand it...I just know it is damn good...and your whole portfolio of photographs is just outstanding.


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20 Apr 2006 7:44PM
rosie42 13 7 Australia
20 Apr 2006 9:08PM
Another quality manipulation from you - congratulations on another terrific image ...

Susie :o)
DaveU 12 1.4k 125 England
20 Apr 2006 11:11PM
Excellent manipulation to make a very striking shot. I could just wish there was more life in the eyes .... there again the lack of life may have been what you intended. Dave.
tull 14 181 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2006 12:31AM
Truly superb Michael fantastic work of a very high standard.
Hope all is well and have a great w/e.

User_Removed 15 39 6 Scotland
21 Apr 2006 12:34AM
Hi Michael, glad to see you back missed your work mate. Seeing this has been worth the wait, can see this as a movie poster or perhaps its too classy in retrospect anyway its got so much going for it quality from start to finish with thought at every layer. As you might have guessed I like it LOL.
Take care and don't leaver it as long next time.

Stay safe Victor
kengreen 14 16 Sweden
22 Apr 2006 12:32AM
Good one as usual. I like the feel in it with the leaf? texture on skin and the contrast it makes against the white mask. Very good visual impact shot. I disagree regarding image size. They are both intersting and captivating even though as is often the case with good images, bigger is better.
23 Apr 2006 12:10PM
simply amazing very well executed great work stuart
Ken_fuji 12 26 1 Scotland
26 Apr 2006 3:01PM
I finally get the chance to comment on this remarkable composition but before I do, I would like to thank you for your recent comment. I am extremely grateful and honoured that an Artist of your merit should even notice my work!

I have been viewing your incredible Artwork for a while now and it seems unfeasible to me as to how you are so accomplished at creating these original and realistic images. Although I understand the basic principal of overlaying different textures over the subject using blending options, I would guess the real skill and imagination is the realism aspect.

This image is extremely complex in a technical manner, but it is in the powerful atmosphere conveyed in that horrific/grotesque imagery where the real skill is apparent. I also feel a strong sense of sadness and longing coming from this image. The title masks, has a meaning we can all relate to in the way, we often hide our true thoughts and feelings to protect ourselves, and others from harm.

To me, the clean and vivid white mask here represents the concept of a person who has created an external persona perhaps of beauty, purity and of course, denial. Inside, she is in torment. Such is the conflict between her outer self and what lies within; it is literally filling her with decay and pain.

The contrasting textures you have layered perfectly over the contours of her skin, and the way they are gradually peeling away to show the dark carcass beneath displays excellent precision and skill. This technique also exaggerates the overwhelming feeling of decaying flesh and contrasts brilliantly with the concept of the white mask and the whole imagery of this stunning composition. The larger version of this image is staggering in its detail. The broken skin texture on the head reveals a truly gruesome dark and rotting skull awesome work!

The work you have done with the lighting for this shot is exemplary. It helps to increase that dark and sullen atmosphere, which brings everything together with style and quality. You are a highly inventive and expressive Artist who has developed a unique method in portraying these highly evocative feelings with so much class. As with all great Artists, I always appreciate someone who can place part of themselves in their Artwork I think you have done this and it is a rare quality, which I see throughout your portfolio.

The other important factor in quality Artwork is relating to the viewer I also believe you have this gift, to share your deepest thoughts and experiences through your Artwork. Many Artists come and go like the seasons, but I firmly believe you have a bright future ahead of you with your extraordinary talent, and I therefore hope that the Art Community will recognise the genuine article when they see it.

Best wishes,

mwatkins9801 13 190
26 Apr 2006 5:51PM
wow... thanks dude. you nailed it perfectly regarding the interpretation- that is exactly what it means. thanks again for the awesome feedback.
funkeldink 14 1.6k 1 Australia
28 Apr 2006 3:31AM
jeez ...the photo blew me away ...and then kens comment topped it off ...great work my friend ...hope your funky
Ken_fuji 12 26 1 Scotland
28 Apr 2006 7:38PM
You're very welcome - although there's no need to thank me Michael. It's a wonderful piece of Artwork, which deserves an in-depth comment, and I thank you for uploading it.

Take care my friend,

old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
30 Apr 2006 4:58AM
Why on Earth only 16 clicks for this fabulous work?!!
Ken_fuji 12 26 1 Scotland
16 Nov 2006 1:03AM

Someone's been messing around with the comment I wrote by removing punctuation marks!


Sorry about this Michael.

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