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Happy Birthday
1st PlaceHappy Birthday

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Challenge: SURREAL (Archival Challenge) (Extended Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Jun 9, 2019
Date Uploaded: Jun 9, 2019

[Jun. 16th, 2019 04:31:05 AM]

This is a long overdue project. In February 2018, I held a party for my 40th birthday, and invited a bunch of friends to my place. One of the activity we had was to shoot photos for this very image I had in mind: they definitely knew it wouldn't be the most flattering portrays, but they were kind enough to drop their shirts a pose with weird attitudes... thanks guys, much appreciated!

The idea here is quite common: I wanted to depict the usual antagonism one feels when aging. Birthdays are good occasions for fun, but they also remind that time passes, leading to those contradictory feelings that can arise. So I wanted to show an happy event, as seen from the main character mind, who thinks maybe a bit too much about the negativity rather than enjoying the party itself. This is why the candle is consuming his body, and also why his numerous friends (even with champagne cork heads) can't seem to rejoice him.

Thank you so much for the kind votes and comments!

Place: 1 out of 38
Avg (all users): 7.9048
Avg (participants): 7.3889
Avg (non-participants): 8.2917
Views since voting: 1221
Views during voting: 110
Votes: 42
Comments: 18
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/19/2019 07:04:38 PM
Those balloons!!!!!!!!!!
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06/18/2019 09:20:25 PM
Thanks for the kind words, not nearly as much work goes into my entries. I think I've said it before, I wish I had your creativity. Congrats.
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06/17/2019 07:33:56 PM
Fan-tab-u-lous!! Always such a pleasure to see one of your entries, congratulations on the well deserved blue :)
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06/17/2019 10:02:23 AM
Some very nice details. Bruegel and Bosch would be proud.
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06/17/2019 08:53:10 AM
Yeah no surprise here! Congrats
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06/17/2019 08:25:47 AM
WHY AM I NOT SURPRISE!!! Well done Christophe!!!!
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06/17/2019 07:28:58 AM
Your creativity continues to amaze me. The way you work with light is genius. Congrats on the Blue.
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06/17/2019 05:53:36 AM
Superb as usual and I thoroughly enjoyed viewing this, and reading your notes. It must be exciting going to one of your parties not knowing what you may be asked to do in aid of your art:) Great to see another of your creations!
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06/17/2019 04:55:59 AM
I notice you are not burning the candle at both ends.... This is something I continue to do. Congrats
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06/17/2019 01:49:34 AM
you are incapable of entering a challenge anonymously ..!!..

I showed your work to my daughter when this was in voting as I felt she would be blown away .. and she was .. and she doesn't get blown away easily ..!!..

huge congratulations on this astounding creation .. :)
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06/17/2019 12:19:02 AM
Amazing. Such artistic vision you have. Congratulations on a well deserved blue.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/16/2019 11:11:35 PM
Amazing work as always..
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06/16/2019 05:06:31 PM
OMG .!!! ..
looks like another BLUE ribbon to add to your collection ... !!! ..
this is powerful stuff and an absolute masterpiece ..
1 out of 10 doesnt do justice to this .. you have taken dpc to another level .. congratulations on this incredible image ..
you are so incredibly gifted ..
and its not only the way you take photos and put them together .. but the thought and creative genius of your 'stories' ..
i sit here with goosebumps ...
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06/11/2019 07:57:43 PM
How on earth do you find the time to turn out works of art like this, Christophe? 10
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06/11/2019 06:42:28 AM
No doubt!
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06/10/2019 12:53:45 PM
Ohhhhmygoodness! I just began voting, but how could anything be better than this! I don't give out many 10's... but I'd give this a 12 if I could!
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06/10/2019 06:54:50 AM
Trying to work out the meaning is not easy, looking forward to reading your notes. A very easy 10 , your imagination and execution are well beyond me. I am very pleased that you participated in this challenge, hope you will be back again.
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06/10/2019 12:06:52 AM
He's baaaaaaack! "Alas, poor cupcake, I knew him well, a moist fellow, distinctively iced..."
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