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Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Home Studio
Date: Nov 13, 2004
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8 sec
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2004

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Was going to enter this into the Black and White 2 Challenge.

Other Title Ideas: Contemplate, Genius, Thinker, Intellectual, Intuition, Einstein, New World, World Thinker, Introspective, Extrospective.

This shot was inspired by John Setzler's "In The Beginning."

My first DPChallenge submission of a wooden manikin. Hopefully people aren't too tired of them to disregard my first attempt.

Title represents 3 levels: literal, allegorical, and existential.
Literal: He's looking at a marble.
Allegorical: He's speculating over the world.
Existential: He's wondering about his existence in a seemingly random and complex universe. It is an inner conflict vs. himself, he is battling the reality of his existence, reasoning his mortality, and contemplating a higher being. A grand search for individuality in a world of lists and a greater theorization of the continuation and endurance of time. Basically seeking a deeper meaning of life.

Editing: Grayscale, Cropping, Levels/B&C, Size, USM.
I wish I could burn a little bit (like the lower torso) but, ah well.

How image was taken: Wooden manikin setup in pose, tape strips in hand (you can see a piece of it), marble placed. 8 Second exposure highlighting the marble with a flash light from below, and painting the rest with a bit of ambient light and the flashlight's reflection. I took about 130 pictures with different variations and lighting. This was number 124, and I am very happy with it.

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06/23/2005 06:56:11 PM
fantastic picture - awful title, and even worse alternative titles ;-)

i think you picked the best out of a bad bunch...

it could be interpreted as `Life` or `Creation` perhaps - in that he is holding life in his hands, this is depicted by the fact that darkness surrounds him - nothingness - yet in all of this is the fantastically bright orb, which gives light - perhaps also hope.

my take on it anyway ;)
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11/20/2004 11:14:10 PM
...I was impressed with the shot, but reading the comment was far more enjoyable. You're a lot older on the inside than you are in real life.
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