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Challenge: If I Were an Animal (Extended Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Jan 19, 2017
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2017

[Jan. 26th, 2017 04:20:16 AM]

It is very cold today. Everything is white around me. At first, I thought I was completely alone. But after a few seconds, I started to spot companions: a squirrel running on a tree, a bird desperately scratching the floor for food, a fox crossing a path in the distance. In some way, I feel like those critters and I are closer than usual to each other, due to the coldness: the air is biting our skins, there is a sense of emergency, we have to fight a common enemy. Of course, there is a great difference between them and me: I have access to clothes, to a warm house, to unlimited food. I see them, and I feel like I am cheating, like I am living in a way I was not designed for.

What would happen if other animals had access to technology too? Would they feel better? Would they enjoy their life better? When you bring comfort, what do you remove? I started thinking about this, and imagined how would a spider look, if it was slowly becoming a human, metaphorically speaking. Why hunt if food is easy to obtain? From there, why produce a web at all? Is a spider without its web still a spider? Would it become a new species, behaving completely differently than its ancestors? Is losing wilderness a bad thing at all? Should I care? So many questions. Time for a hot coffee.

Thanks a lot for your warm feedback. I do appreciate it immensely.

Place: 1 out of 19
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02/01/2017 04:05:22 PM
Stunning work like always! Congrats!
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02/01/2017 11:20:45 AM
excellent post processing - can we get a how to ?
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01/29/2017 06:27:24 PM
Lovely work, Christophe, and I really had to look to see that this time you're morphing into a spider...like others I thought 'alien' off the bat. Still a very poignant shot, and of course congrats on the blue :-)
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01/29/2017 04:46:16 PM

Message edited by author 2017-02-01 08:17:36.
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01/28/2017 09:51:46 PM
Congrats to blue ribbon. Very intelligent presentation.
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01/28/2017 11:43:35 AM
Thanks, Christophe, for another amazing creation. You are the reason I still login from time to time :)
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01/27/2017 05:16:51 PM
I think this is one of your best overall images, funny and scary at the same time. You even made spiders less scary than usual for me :D
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01/27/2017 05:09:59 PM
Congrats on the blue, Cristophe. Your imagination is amazing, so too your skill at bringing it to life.
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01/27/2017 12:56:13 PM
It certainly would open completely new markets - canned cockroaches and stuff!
Very creative composition!
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01/27/2017 08:18:41 AM
Congrats Christophe, your mind is very scare, lol!
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01/27/2017 01:26:22 AM
Congratulations Christophe, and now I know what he is contemplating. Thanks for the wonderful image and the story as well :)
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01/27/2017 12:33:18 AM
congrats Christophe! well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/26/2017 06:26:37 PM
This has nothing to do with anything as far as this challenge goes. vote 0
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01/26/2017 09:43:09 AM
Dare I guess who this is. There is only one who does this type of work. Nice job. :}
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01/26/2017 02:51:17 AM
What a story this tells - excellent, as always.
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01/21/2017 01:23:29 PM
Superb creation. My only quibble with this photo is that it does not look like an "animal" - at least any animal I've ever known about. It seems to be more alien than animal. The creativity and execution are marvelous, though.
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01/20/2017 06:33:50 PM
This is one amazing spiderman, I wonder why he is so deep in thought. Amazing work as always, your imagination is boundless.
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01/20/2017 12:37:47 PM
animal=alien? or maybe you're the cricket/cockroach.
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01/20/2017 08:06:58 AM
What a wonderfully freaky animal. Great work as always Christophe!
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01/20/2017 01:29:43 AM
I don't know where you got the Idea from but its a real Beaut one
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