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3rd PlaceThe Prophet
Joey Lawrence


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Challenge: Free Study 2007-02 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Varanasi, India
Date: Feb 2, 2007
Galleries: Travel, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Feb 15, 2007

India was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Every picture is very important to me, and I almost didn't feel inclined to enter a single one in a challenge on this site. On the other hand, I'd like to share the pictures with as many people as I can.

This particular photo was taken on a day I was sick. Not from some foreign disease, but a homegrown synthetic one from Malaria-prevention pills. I had the strangest reaction to them which made me have sick flashes and so weak I could barely open a bottle of water. I would have space-out phases with freaky flashes of empty space and strange nightmares... A very bad trip. I was lucky to have Les take care of me for the days I was iffy. Eventually we figured out what the culprit was. So I stuck it to the man, stopped taking my malaria pills and never regretted it. I'd be happy to die of malaria any day instead of missing great photo opportunities.

This is baba Vijay Nund, a holy man who spends his days contemplating existence with the boys of his gacht on the Ganga River. It is said that one drop from the holy river will cleanse you of all the sins of your past lives...

640 pixels is ridiculously small and this looks much better as a 36x24 print


India Collection

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 624
Avg (all users): 7.3216
Avg (commenters): 9.1364
Avg (participants): 7.3385
Avg (non-participants): 7.2683
Views since voting: 20984
Views during voting: 277
Votes: 171
Comments: 91
Favorites: 71 (view)


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11/27/2009 03:21:58 PM
such an amazing photograph! You truly know how to capture beauty.
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11/07/2009 01:18:51 AM
i saw this in your slideshow this morning on your website. ive made it a habit to study one or two of your photos when i wake up in the morning, i tend to get really inspired that way:) anyways, keep up the good work joey
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10/16/2007 02:43:22 AM
he's waiting for ya.
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03/19/2007 04:03:14 PM
You are an incredible photographer.
I didnt know you were 17 also.
Its gives me hope.
Great work Joey Lawrence
keep it up and keep inspiring.
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03/14/2007 03:14:56 AM
Not one to post a comment, but I'd like to say how amazing this photograph is to me. I thought, at first that it was posed... unreal. It's what we live for though huh? Those incredibly profound moments that become a part of who we are. That you would share this is appreciated. Aloha
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03/13/2007 12:28:44 PM
Great job Joey!!, I love all your photos from India :).. I know I couldnt get myself to take photos of people I dont know LOL :P
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03/13/2007 01:15:05 AM
First of all great shot - I think you would make a fine photojournalist or the like. 2ndly I am not sure if you intended this but ... for me this is a perfect example of a leading lines shot! A giant blue arrow showing me the path (of life). Love the India portfolio.
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03/12/2007 09:38:02 PM
A very stunning photograph, congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!
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03/12/2007 12:44:34 PM
Congratulations! A masterpiece!
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03/10/2007 09:21:24 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon, another masterpiece from you!
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03/10/2007 02:03:16 AM
Congrats on your ribbon! This was one of my favorites in this challenge. You are an extremely talented young man with a bright future ahead of you.
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03/10/2007 12:44:30 AM
it's stuff like your india work that makes me want to put my camera in the closet, pull the covers over my head, and just give up. but then i realize that it takes shitty photographers like me to make good photographers like you look even better. :P
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03/09/2007 09:27:40 PM
Just beautiful! Love the colors, lighting, everything. Congrats
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03/09/2007 07:08:08 PM
I love this shot Joey, i only managed to vote on 70% on this challenge. Missed this one but it would be a definate 10.
Congrats on yet another ribbon

Kev
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03/09/2007 05:08:44 PM
once again, you are the winner, how great you are joey, good job.
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03/08/2007 09:52:36 PM
Excellent
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03/08/2007 08:18:28 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon and an outstanding image! You are indeed a very talented young man!!
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03/08/2007 07:34:28 PM
What can I say that others haven't done so already? This is one of my favorite shots that you have taken and shared. "Fantastic" is just not adequate.

I took a few minutes to review your India Collection and was equally impressed. You are very talented and your skills are evolving into a consumate professional. The command you have over your tools is amazing. I only wish I had 1/10th of your talent. Congrats and keep up the great work.
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03/08/2007 04:26:49 PM
lol, I JUST searched for the Cannon 85mm 1.8 lens and then read the last comment you got from Mark Simms... The pictures are amazing.
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03/08/2007 04:09:36 PM
HI Joey,
the India collection is just amazing. Well done, a stunning collection of images.. AND you should write to Canon for a commision as you have just sold a whole heap of 85mm 1.8 lenses for them!
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03/08/2007 03:58:13 PM
Fantastic image, Joey. Thank you very much for sharing.
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03/08/2007 03:38:49 PM
Stunning Joey! Haven't been on for awhile - you've been busy! This portfolio is amazing. I had to go thru every image. Feels almost as if I were there. Beautifully captured.
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03/08/2007 03:32:54 PM
Amazing! What a gifted boy you are.
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03/08/2007 01:21:36 PM
This is so surreal and unlike any picture I have seen in a very long time.
Congrats on this and truly one of your most amazing photographs Joey.
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03/08/2007 01:12:50 PM
Beautiful composition and color. Great work Joey :-)
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03/08/2007 12:50:51 PM
Great photo, congrats on your third place.
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03/08/2007 12:32:03 PM
Way to go Joey, now where is the rest? :)
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03/08/2007 11:55:24 AM
Very nice man, congrats on the ribbon. Glad this did well :)
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03/08/2007 11:54:26 AM
All of your India photos are fantastic and I thank you for sharing them with us. What a wonderful and amazing experience you have had.
I am really glad this photo ribboned. It is so emotive and speaks to the soul.
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03/08/2007 11:13:19 AM
The blue along the stairs, the warm colors in his clothing and the neutrality of the wall all come together so well. Very visually appealing photo. Yusef.
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03/08/2007 10:55:32 AM
I loved this photo the minute I saw it in the challenge. I'm so glad it won a ribbon. I am mesmerized by yours and Lesley's photos of India! THANK YOU for sharing them with us! And congratulations on this very deserving ribbon!

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03/08/2007 10:14:21 AM
Just stunning Joey, the image radiates a spiritual aura! I am sorry to hear you were ill during your trip and glad you got it figured out. I want to see all the pictures!! I am coming to your house ! :)
Congrats!
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03/08/2007 09:56:01 AM
Fantastic composition, Joey. The colors work perfectly, as well. Flawless! Congrats, it's well deserved.
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03/08/2007 09:55:55 AM
Just outstanding in every way!
Should have been the Blue, IMHO, but congrats on top 3.
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03/08/2007 09:31:26 AM
Amazing!! Congrats!
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03/08/2007 09:21:20 AM
Very nice shot all around....however, would you have voted differently if you didn't know it was "Joey"?

Originally posted by jaxed:

Joey? This is perfect. Top 3 for sure!


Message edited by author 2007-03-08 11:23:57.
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03/08/2007 09:15:20 AM
I have no idea why this image placed third. This is obviously a well thought, well rounded photo, with great composition and colour. And the most beautiful old man that could ever be photographed.
I dont know why pictures that are continuously being repeated of the same surrounding keep winning. They are good, but they are just getting old to me.
Amazing work
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03/08/2007 08:48:41 AM
Wow. Congratulations on your finish. This was definately a tough challenge. So many great photos. I love the feel of this photo. I wish I was better at putting my feelings into to words but I am not. Trust me when I say this is a fantastice photo in every way and it deserved to be on the front page. Hope to be as good as you one day. See you in the future challenges.
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03/08/2007 08:35:56 AM
Amazing shot, very deep and insightful.
Your India Collection shows you've grown as a photographer and an artist with the sensitivity to feel and convey the alternate realities in our world.
Your photographic skills to capture the moment, along with your masterful editing techniques gives us a collection worthy of any old seasoned photographer working for National Geographic.
Congratulations Joey, and I hope you keep sharing your wonderful work with us.
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03/08/2007 08:02:09 AM
Were you on Larium by any chance? I also had some bad trips on it in Malawi.
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03/08/2007 07:59:10 AM
Very very nice. You beat me on India, man. Wish I have travelled and shoot with you. Hope it will happpen soon. This one goes to my faves.
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03/08/2007 07:45:22 AM
Great shots from your India collection.

I wish for more photographs about other face of India. All the photographs are from varanasi.
And India's culture, morals, economics.... change for every states. North to South, East to West.
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03/08/2007 06:36:43 AM
Amazing shot! And your India shots are awesome!
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03/08/2007 06:17:13 AM
Wow great pic, color's r so cool,
Congrats on ur ribbon dude :)
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03/08/2007 05:44:59 AM
Joey ... There are some experiences in life that leave a HEAVY scar in ones mind. I totally understand why you would feel like keeping those memories and visions within. India must be facinating and Bless you for sharing this amazing emotion with us.. this is INCREDIBLE, well taken, you are a fantastic young photographer. CONGRATULATIONS on your experience dude.
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03/08/2007 05:35:23 AM
Well done, J. This is an outstanding image but to choose from your collection must have been difficult. I bet it was a trip of a lifetime.
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03/08/2007 05:04:08 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, well deserved, outstanding image!
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03/08/2007 04:54:08 AM
An inspirational work for all travel photographers here and anywhere else really.
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03/08/2007 03:59:31 AM
You really have very amazing shots of India visit!!! great shot!!! congrates!!!
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03/08/2007 03:57:12 AM
Well Joey, you are so blessed with wonderful photography skills, but also a genuine soul, to be able to feel deep inside of you, to get such moving and emotional images like this. We are truely blessed, that you share not only your photogrphy, but you skills, and your stories behind the images, that you take. Thank you so much.
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03/08/2007 02:00:58 AM
WOW
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03/08/2007 02:00:31 AM
Beautiful image Joey - done it again. If this was taken in Varanassi I can understand your mind set (despite feeling sick). It really is the heart of India and brings up many mixed emotions.
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03/08/2007 01:56:04 AM
Originally posted by goodman:

ati sundar!


(hindi) ati sundar = very nice :)
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03/08/2007 01:24:37 AM
Very beautiful image Joey! I'm off to have a look at your India Collection.
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03/08/2007 01:06:08 AM
Nice one Joey, glad to see Team 5D can pack the top of Free Studies ;-)
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03/08/2007 12:51:10 AM
congrats joey, beautiful
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03/08/2007 12:44:51 AM
Awesome shot! Only you could have done justice to such shot. You made the 'normal' (in India) look like exceptional. The image has its own spirit :) Congrats!
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03/08/2007 12:40:21 AM
Originally posted by yanko:

Congrats. I'm surprised this only got 4 favs during the challenge.


Yes. I'm surprised at the 3's and 4's it got. I'll never understand some people.
Congrats, Joey. It's an exceptional image.
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03/08/2007 12:36:40 AM
Originally posted by RainMotorsports:

Originally posted by Joey Lawrence:

640 pixels is ridiculously small and this looks much better as a 36x24 print


Think we can get a print setup then?

Of course, check out my website under Gallery > Information > Prints. Site: www.joeyL.com
03/08/2007 12:26:02 AM
Originally posted by Joey Lawrence:

640 pixels is ridiculously small and this looks much better as a 36x24 print


Think we can get a print setup then?
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03/08/2007 12:24:10 AM
Congrats. I'm surprised this only got 4 favs during the challenge.
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03/08/2007 12:22:05 AM
Love this one JL...
Congrats on yer ribbon dude ;) well done i'd expect nothing less from your adventures ;)
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03/08/2007 12:19:39 AM
Congrats on the Yellow. Very fine shot.
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03/08/2007 12:15:06 AM
Congrats JOey. A fabulous image of a man on a path...
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03/08/2007 12:09:31 AM
Man bro,

How do you manage to do so much traveling? What's you're secret?

Awesome shot...

If I recall correctly, Tonic water has quinine or something to that affect which is supposed to be one of the things they had you take for malaria. Maybe you can just drink Tonic water. Of course, although it might not make you sick it tastes horrible. (IMHO)
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03/08/2007 12:08:45 AM
great finish and image Joey!

Cheers!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2007 11:20:20 PM
Stunning! This one has to make it to the top!
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03/07/2007 10:01:42 PM
Cool photo! Great comp and subject matter.
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03/07/2007 07:08:37 AM
Great image, what a photogenic character...
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03/06/2007 08:19:15 PM
Wonderful drama, composition, and color. Outstanding photo. 10
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03/06/2007 07:51:38 PM
Wow this shot is too cool. Love the composition. Great view. Powerful image. Nice work.
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03/05/2007 11:36:39 PM
This is really cool. Everything is spot on. One of the best of challenge so far.
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03/04/2007 01:28:14 PM
This is fantastic. The blue and the orange work really well together. It's an amazing image.
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03/04/2007 07:47:46 AM
Great work! 10
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03/04/2007 05:48:36 AM
WOW! Fantastic! This is just beautiful.
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03/03/2007 06:57:30 PM
This is one of my favorits - just wish he had been a bit closer - 8
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03/02/2007 10:23:43 PM
Great 9
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03/02/2007 07:01:19 PM
This is amazing, wonderful!
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03/02/2007 05:05:48 PM
The colors are just amazing. I'm intrigued as to where this might have been taken. It's a totally perfect photo to me...10
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03/02/2007 02:08:06 PM
Wonderful!
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03/02/2007 03:40:42 AM
ati sundar!
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03/01/2007 10:18:10 PM
Wow -- there aren't too many shots that make me actually utter the word "wow" as I'm looking at them, but this is really, really cool. I expect to see it somewhere at the top of the heap. Nice work!
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03/01/2007 08:46:56 PM
awesome photo on many levels. nice colors, interssting character, diagonal 10
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03/01/2007 05:26:15 PM
The turquoise color strip through the middle of this shot (up the stairs) makes this outstanding for me. Reminds me of something from ancient biblical times. Well Done! *9*
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03/01/2007 10:07:22 AM
OH MY GOD!!!! Like Moses about to part the red seas. SH*T!!!!!
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03/01/2007 09:22:35 AM
Magnificent hues/palette. That turquoise through the stairwell is almost heavenly. Such a striking image - going immediatly into my favourites!!
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03/01/2007 06:44:50 AM
Superb! I love the colours and composition.
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03/01/2007 06:31:00 AM
Like veru muich the diagonal and the colours
good luck
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03/01/2007 02:43:14 AM
Great colours and a great portrait. Nice capture.
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03/01/2007 02:17:47 AM
Great composition!
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03/01/2007 12:44:36 AM
Joey? This is perfect. Top 3 for sure!
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