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1st PlaceSirens' Song

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Challenge: Myths, Legends, and Fables (Extended Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Mar 30, 2017
Date Uploaded: Mar 30, 2017

[Apr. 6th, 2017 06:03:09 PM]

First of all, let me give some special thanks to my wife and my coworkers (from left to right, Clément, Yannick, Simon, Luc and Vincent) who posed for this image on a very short notice. You guys rock!

The original sirens myth is quite outdated. Nowadays, sirens are not just a few mysterious creatures living far from civilization on a distant island. In fact, a vast amount of men and women are actually sirens. Our modern times tend to glorify fame and profitability over anything else. "Personal branding" is perceived as a positive value: many consider the opinion others have of them as a key to an happy life. "Followers", "Fans", "Likes" are highly wanted trophies. Loads of books exist, explaining to the masses how they should behave, what they should show or hide of themselves, in order to maximize consideration.

Are individual personalities really products? Are we ranked by our amount of fans? Is compliance to the dominant ideological standards the only way? For example, when I hear our political leaders, I am often extremely disappointed. Why are they even talking about their personal life? Why is it of any importance that this candidate likes running in the morning, while that other one prefers reading poetry? In the end, what matters are ideas and programs, not the color of the hair or the person's preferred food. Yet, crazy amount of money is spent on marketing and communication, just like for the average new car.

While I of course understand why we are there, and why these techniques are efficient for their users, I still can't prevent myself from being disappointed. It would be too sad to just abandon utopia and ideals. Can't we outsmart marketing? Can we build a saner world? Can't we focus a bit more on global ideas and fate, instead of contemplating our little navels? I believe so. It all starts by putting some ear plugs, so the sirens can keep singing all they want, without interfering with what is really in our minds. It is not always easy, but I'll try to think about it next time I come across one of these creatures!

Place: 1 out of 38
Avg (all users): 7.0769
Avg (commenters): 9.2000
Avg (participants): 7.2105
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 1874
Views during voting: 159
Votes: 52
Comments: 19
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04/10/2017 03:32:18 AM
Incredible creation! Congratulations!
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04/09/2017 08:14:23 AM
Great image and and story as always. Congrats!
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04/07/2017 07:51:15 PM
Great image and backstory. It always amazes me, the amount of focus and work you put into these-and this is no exception.
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04/07/2017 03:08:08 PM
Congratulations on your many likes and fans! ;)
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04/07/2017 02:22:14 PM
We are indeed surrounded by sirens. How easy it is to mindlessly get caught up and heed their call. Thanks for an outstanding image and some things to ponder.
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04/07/2017 09:47:27 AM
Very impressively elaborate assemblage that speaks for itself. No explanation needed.
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04/07/2017 08:46:44 AM
Congrats and I like your narrative.
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04/07/2017 07:00:07 AM
Wonderful image, Christophe, and as usual fascinating photographer's notes. I am studying yoga now and a large part of it is learning to do without everything you mention - I personally liken social media to the high school cafeteria, only online! I wish others would do the same. Anyway congrats on the blue!
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04/07/2017 04:31:58 AM
Excellent image...as usual. Congratulations on the Blue.
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04/07/2017 01:48:42 AM
Congrats on the blue Christophe, wonderful work as always!
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04/07/2017 12:54:52 AM
you have a knack. and a damn fine essay. keep going.
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04/07/2017 12:42:31 AM
What?! No baby in the picture????
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04/07/2017 12:29:50 AM
Nice to see you back, Christophe :)
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04/07/2017 12:06:31 AM
Congratulations for your First Place. Great creation.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2017 11:52:09 PM
Brilliant! Top 2. 10
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04/06/2017 10:57:20 PM
Beautifully photographed and processed, as always.
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04/05/2017 10:33:55 PM
Very interesting composition. Good job.
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04/05/2017 05:03:11 PM
Composition: 9 - Technical: 10 - Creativity: 10 - Appeal: 9 - Challenge: 10 - Overall Calculated Average Score: 10 - Easily Blue or Red!

Are they complaining about the wage gap again?? :P

Note: Click for info
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04/04/2017 05:46:39 AM
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