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Challenge: Reasons Why I Shouldn't Drink (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Jul 24, 2014
Date Uploaded: Jul 24, 2014

Why is alcohol so popular? Why is this drug culturally so positively perceived, despite all the problems and deaths it is responsible for?

A first explanation lies probably in the short-term effects of such beverage. Alcohol increases self-confidence, sociability, and decreases anxiety: it is easy to temporarily feel like being a better person, which is always good for ego. As a consequence, under such influence, people tend to try things they usually wouldn't: attempt physically dangerous things even though you are usually afraid of them, go talk to that beautiful lonely woman even though you are usually too shy for that, use bad language even though you are usually very polite, etc. After all, it is very natural to aspire becoming a better person.

Of course, those effects are a lie, just an illusion. Most people are aware of that, but keep drinking anyway, be it occasionally or regularly. Just an illusion, but a strong one. This is where things can easily get pretty bad. In addition of the previously mentioned effects, one could also quote delayed reactions, impaired senses, dizziness, vomiting, decreased heart rate, impaired memory, unconsciousness. These ones unfortunately lead to accidents, injuries, or even direct and violent deaths. Moreover, everyone also knows about alcohol addiction. This drug is quite powerful, and getting rid of it once it managed to intoxicate your life is extremely hard. Keep in mind that in western countries, about 10% of the population had or has some serious alcohol dependance problem. An incredibly huge ratio.

In that creation, I tried to illustrate what kind of lying beast is alcohol. I symbolized it using those eyeballs and the giant tongue, which becomes a smiling woman, looking much better than the thing itself, in order to trap its victims efficiently. The man doesn't seem to realize what is really happening, and his life is slowly being flushed in a vortex, including his own body, his money, his family and friends. You can see that I represented those with their heads covered: too often, relatives choose to look away, and let the person sink.

Technically, it is composed of 39 photos I took:
- 3 shots for the sky
- 1 shot for the man
- 1 shot for the woman
- 2 shots for the vortex
- 6 shots for the eyes
- 1 shot for the wine
- 1 shot for the giant glass
- 1 shot for the big cork the man is lying on
- 3 shots for the money
- 2 shots for the wine spills
- 1 shot for the plank
- 6 shots for the little characters
- 4 shots for the bottles
- 3 shots for the tongue
- 2 shots for the decomposing leg
- 2 shots for the detached foot

Thanks for watching!

Place: 2 out of 51
Avg (all users): 7.1772
Avg (commenters): 8.6250
Avg (participants): 7.0333
Avg (non-participants): 7.2653
Views since voting: 2245
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 79
Comments: 25
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/03/2014 08:52:14 PM
Right on point about your description on alchohol. That in short is the reason its forbidden in many religions. There maybe some good in it but the bads outweigh the short-term goods. And a fantastic picture as always.
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08/02/2014 09:51:20 PM
Congratulations on the red! So much more to this picture in the meaning and your words. I love your work, this is one of my favorites of yours.
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08/02/2014 01:45:35 AM
Congrats on rthe red, Christophe. Fantastic as always.
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08/01/2014 03:46:32 PM
The red theme continued through to the result (I think some of the voters may have been guilty of 'voting under the influence')
Congratulations on another stunning performance.
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08/01/2014 03:18:20 PM
whoa.... she's scary! Congrats on the red. :)
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08/01/2014 11:04:52 AM
Congrats on the Red. Wonderful! technique...and as always...GREAT storytelling. One of my fav images.
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08/01/2014 08:53:09 AM

39 images ... that's dedication

Great Writeup
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08/01/2014 08:02:27 AM
Wow, 39 pics? Holy lifting! And now I see that it is a cork you're laying on...of course it only makes sense. Congrats of course on the ribbon - in this case, red seems very suitable :-)
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08/01/2014 06:56:33 AM
You have done is again! Whenever I see an expert challenge, the first person comes to me who could possible get a ribbon is you! Well done Christophe!
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08/01/2014 06:47:52 AM
awesome work as always ! Wish I knew how you did this!
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08/01/2014 03:47:12 AM
Excellent work as always, Christophe! I just now noticed the cork you're lying on. Great detail in this, congrats on the ribbon!
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08/01/2014 03:01:45 AM
Congrats, Christophe. Outstanding work.
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08/01/2014 02:12:50 AM
wonderful assembly! congratulations!
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08/01/2014 12:14:29 AM
Go, Christophe! You are the image master! This is... amazing... (as usual).

Now... tell me... WHAT are those EYEBALLS about?! LOL!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/31/2014 10:54:08 PM
Wow! One of my ribbon choices.
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07/31/2014 06:33:10 PM
Awesome work, as usual.
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07/28/2014 06:15:41 PM
Love the fact that the longer I look at this, the more I see. Just when I think I've captured all the detail I find another element catches my eye. Reminds me of the medieval 'Doom' paintngs that were painted in European churches - a reminder of the perils of sin (or drink in this case!).
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07/27/2014 04:17:11 AM
Certainly not one of your best, too much going on and cluttered.
Your wife looks good, but you look rather silly.
The processing is not up to your usual high standard ( not sure whats going on with your right leg).
Apart from that its ok.
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07/25/2014 07:15:58 PM
You don't waste a single pixel, do you? Bizarre, disturbing, and after I looked up your title, fitting. Very bacchanalian. Hope I spelled that right.
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07/25/2014 06:12:58 PM
Great work as always, Christophe! Only thing I don't quite get here is the seemingly solid surface on which you're resting. Othwerwise, you and the wife look as fantastic as ever in the role you've cast her :-)
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07/25/2014 06:01:48 PM
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07/25/2014 01:41:39 PM
I'm thinking Mrs Gyaban is thanking you for giving her her waist back... even if it's a bit short of the baby's delivery. :D

Well done, as usual, Christophe!

(commenting only)
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07/25/2014 10:56:27 AM
Top 3
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07/25/2014 09:01:18 AM
as usual

masterfully done !!!!
so much to see

wish I could see this much bigger !

how many photos? let's see
you laying down
lady - great make up by the way
dudes with covered head - 5 with the one spinning
eye ball- used 5 times
pouring wine
spilling wine
wine bottle unopened
the recipient with red liquid
10 images , I think, wow !!!

my vote 10
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07/25/2014 01:48:55 AM
Are you Dionysus? :) Your leg looks scary. Great image, very creative and intelligent
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