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Descent from the Cross
1st PlaceDescent from the Cross
De Sousa


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Challenge: Masters' Free Study II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Lisbon
Date: Nov 24, 2008
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2008

The Descent from the Cross or Deposition, is the 13th Station of the Cross and represents the act of taking Christ down after his crucifixion.

According to the Gospels, an undefined number of women as watching the crucifixion, including the Three Marys (Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and Mary Salome (the younger sister of Jesusís mother)). These and further women and unnamed male helpers are often represented in this popular altarpiece.

While there is much in this image that is revolutionary for the traditional viewer, I only did a few changes considering the classic approach of this subject, witch can be described by the word: Contemporary. Works by Rosso Fiorentino, Rogier van der Weyden, Rubens and Rembrandt inspired the composition and the classic look of my version.

But letís see whatís going on:

The key for this image is: - "Forgiveness of sin and ultimately the gift of eternal life are available only through suffering and sacrifice".

So, I put a model doing piercing suspension - pure flesh and blood like the man son of God - representing Christ's suffer and sacrifice of Himself to save us from the sin that entered the world through the very first man, named Adam. At the left side, dressed with a blue veil, is Virgin Mary taking the hand of Jesus like She always did whenever He needed help. The Blessed Virgin is peaceful in a perfect harmony with God. Mary Magdalene is on her knees. Sheís kissing Jesusís feet while swearing eternal love and respect for her dead lover, an evidence that true love it's only perceptible at the hardest moments. The woman at the right, Mary Salome, representing all of us, canít contain her anger and she wants revenge. Fortunately she is a woman and women have the deepest feelings of all and are capable of forgiveness. Several men from the civil protection (two firemen and two red cross men) are taking Christ down from the cross. One of the Red Cross Man is talking to a helicopter, by the radio, giving the precise coordinates of the place. At right side, a man all in black and almost blended with the background is going down the stairs. His job is to nail people on the cross and control that they stay there until are finished. He represents the manís justice. His work is done, so he is going home to join with his beloved family. Everyone is suffering except this man.

Composition is based on a main triangle, an allusion to the holly trinity. You can find perpendicular lines and repetitions all over the place relative to this big shape. The one God exists in three Persons and one substance, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Geometrically speaking, the best way I found to represent God is with a triangle.

Iím sorry but 720px doesnít make any justice to all the details in this image.

Credits goes to these amazing friends:

Pedro Rodrigues (Jesus), ParŪcia Andrade (Mary), InÍs aka Karhartt (Magdalene), San (Salome), Eurico Silvestre (left Red Cross), Fernando (right Red Cross), Andrť Boto (left Fireman), Telmo Dias (right Fireman) and Binho (the black man).

Special thanks to Mr. Big for building the cross, carrying it and mounting the set. Also thanks to Mr. Night for the big help and letting me use his warehouse. Thanks to Frank too. Thanks to Sťrgio controlling the smoke and J.Carvalho acting like a reflector and making the back light work properly. Thanks to Helder Santos for the fireman uniforms and Antůnio Caiado for the Red Cross uniforms. Thanks to Nuno Vilaverde for the folding stretcher. Thanks to many more people, friends of my friends, helping us.

Special thanks to Carlos Palma 31.gif cdpalma for his help from the very first moment and for bringing his 1Ds Mark III and let me shot this image with a real great camera. Also thanks to Carlos Marques for the studio lights.


If you are a sensitive person, please don't watch the Behind the Scenes


Thank you all for the nice comments and support. Iíll be doing more images inspired by the Holly Bible (or like some say: - "The biggest fiction of all times"). Stay tuned.

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01/25/2010 11:26:12 PM
De Sousa-
I am simply blown away! This is the single most inspirational photograph that I have seen on this site. Makes me want to go and make an amazing photograph! I am so glad that I stumbled onto this tonight!
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10/24/2009 03:38:31 PM
Truly one of the most amazing pieces of artistry I have seen. Simply stunning. Your attention to detail and mastery of the entire composition was incredible. Jawdropping work.

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03/05/2009 03:25:00 AM
Simply AMAZING! I can honestly say that your work is the most impressive work I have ever seen on DPC, I'm lost for words.
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12/15/2008 02:31:55 AM
i've seen a lot of photos that didn't get any 1's, 2's, or 3's but deserved them- this photo surely deserves none but for some reason it got 15 votes below 5 and doesn't deserve any- congrats on blue-
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12/14/2008 11:26:37 PM
I'm trying to think what to say but all I can come up with is WOW! Congratulations.
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12/14/2008 12:26:55 PM
Jorge - another magnificent shot, full of attention to detail, and rich in empathy.

This is a shot that, as has been mentioned, provides more and more detail as you look at it. It captures in a single shot a moment of awesome emotion and interaction. Far from losing any accuracy by moving this to modern clothing, I think it helps engage our brains in the brutal reality of the moment, the raw pain and emotion, the very real mixed actions and reactions of the crowd.

Offensive ? It really shouldn't be - except in the realisation of the brutality of crucifixion . .
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12/14/2008 11:08:05 AM
Originally posted by HawkeyeLonewolf:

Wow... Amazingly offensive to those of the Christian faith.
Not in the slightest. Emotive, inspiring, reverent and respectful. Brilliant.
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12/14/2008 03:27:25 AM
Originally posted by HawkeyeLonewolf:

Wow... Amazingly offensive to those of the Christian faith.


But ,not. This scene has been depicted over and over and over by Christians, for Christians, in churches, on their ceilings, walls, paintings, drawings and has ben commissioned over and over by those Christians that could afford since the days of yore. Sometimes referred to as the Deposition, it has been done and redone by many of the so-called great artists such as Rubens, Caravaggio, Regnault, Savoi, etc. On Wiki alone you can see images of renditions of it from as early as 1178 to as modern as 1990. Part of the brilliance of this image is that it is executed so perfectly that most any art history student that did not sleep through class would INSTANTLY recognize it and then realize the modern touches to it and start exloring deeper to find all the differences. Truly brilliant, DeSousa, hope you make a mint off it, you easily could, it's wonderful.
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12/13/2008 09:01:23 PM
Every time I look at this shot, no not a shot a story. I am always finding something that I had not seen before. The sharpness and clarity that you have is amazing. I would seriously fly out to see you so you could show me how you process these shots.
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12/13/2008 01:19:47 AM
Stunning and disturbing at the same time. I am amazed at all the thought and effort that goes into your images! Congratulations on a well deserved 1st place finish!
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12/12/2008 08:20:51 PM
Phew! This is epic! Congratulations Jorge!! : )
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12/12/2008 07:28:30 PM
Awesome take on it. Very much reminds me of Jesus Christ Superstar wherein Jesus is crucified on a chain link fence.
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12/12/2008 06:43:29 PM
Speechless with admiration of your art. sent this to my son in Hollywood who is an artist and struggling actor- he once was in a video depicting the Crucifixion...he will appreciate this.
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12/12/2008 04:24:16 PM
Magnificent shot, congrats!
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12/12/2008 09:42:58 AM
Congratulations Jorge on the well-deserved blue! Your attention to detail and symbolism is superb here, and I especially like reading your description about the careful placement of each character and the symbolism of them in your photo. Superb job here, and truly the work of a 'master.'
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12/11/2008 10:36:54 PM
a well deserved ribbon. The only thing offensive about this to any christian is the knee jerk reaction of 'conservative' christians who sleep,eat and life inside the box. KUDOS
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12/11/2008 10:27:40 AM
This is awesome!
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12/11/2008 02:30:22 AM
Originally posted by HawkeyeLonewolf:

Wow... Amazingly offensive to those of the Christian faith.


I, like toddhead, am a Christian and a fairly conservative one at that. I don't think this is offensive at all. Maybe at an initial glance but the more I look at it just feels right. I think this captures the essence of the moment. It is just a little non-traditional.

As a medic I love how this also illustrates the teamwork between the medic and the firefighter. The firefighters are removing him from the cross, like extrication from a crumpled car, and passing him to the medics who are right there ready to do their part. There are just so many interesting elements. I could probably write a 20 page essay on this photo without running out of material. This is one of the best I've ever seen on dpc. It is very deserving that it would win this challenge. Brilliant work. You are the man.
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12/10/2008 09:08:55 PM
Congratulations on your well deserved win, it a true work of art.
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12/10/2008 01:41:55 PM
Originally posted by Melethia:

Congratulations, Jorge. Not just on the ribbon, which is cool and all, but on truly bringing life to a vision. That's something that you do exceptionally well. Thank all your friends for us - we're truly grateful they were willing to help you out with this! And if there's any way to post a larger version somewhere, let us know. This really needs to be seen large. Thanks! Edit to add that the part that really strikes me as the most powerful is the top right fireman reaching down to hold Christ's hand.

Hi Deb
You know what is going to happen if I put a bigger image at the web, donít you? I already found people selling my images at 640px, so you can imagine what they would do with a 1200px or greater pic. Iím sorry. Just give me some time and I'll post a video at youtube with the making of. I'll let you know.
12/10/2008 11:06:56 AM
I would have shuffled the results of this challenge a bit, but this one would have stayed on the top - bravo
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12/10/2008 10:46:58 AM
Spectacular!!
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12/10/2008 07:38:02 AM
Congratulations on the win. My only 2 critiques of the photo are:
- the virgin Mary's blue shawl looks like a cape for the red cross guy, since his jumpsuit is the same shade of blue.. I didn't even see her at first, she was so well camouflaged.
- The beam of light on the floor directly underneath Jesus is distracting. At first I thought it was a painted line on the floor, but closer examination reveals it's the backlight. I would recommend dodging/burning to hide it.

This looks like a nice recreation of a classic painting.
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12/09/2008 05:41:36 PM
I'm in awe. Outstanding execution, lighting, creativity...blah blah blah...perfection. Congrats on your ribbon.
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12/09/2008 05:31:12 PM
Lost for words on this one, Jorge. A truly fantastic image, I have been staring at it for 20 minutes now.

Parabéns.
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12/09/2008 04:30:19 PM
meh. It's all right. I coulda done better, given 15 minutes or so.

j/k, someone had to balance out all the gushing, didn't they? :-P
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12/09/2008 02:30:45 PM
Brilliant!
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12/09/2008 01:23:24 PM
Congratulations, Jorge. Not just on the ribbon, which is cool and all, but on truly bringing life to a vision. That's something that you do exceptionally well. Thank all your friends for us - we're truly grateful they were willing to help you out with this! And if there's any way to post a larger version somewhere, let us know. This really needs to be seen large. Thanks! Edit to add that the part that really strikes me as the most powerful is the top right fireman reaching down to hold Christ's hand.

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12/09/2008 09:57:51 AM
Really great image.
It does what all great images should - invoke pause, reflection, and investigation.
The composition has a David LaChapelle feel to it (compliment).
As you say - "720px doesnít make any justice to all the details in this image" -
Any chance you can upload a full rez version somewhere for us to see it in all its glory?

Well deserved blue.
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12/09/2008 09:30:46 AM
Originally posted by HawkeyeLonewolf:

Wow... Amazingly offensive to those of the Christian faith.


I am a Christian and I do not find this offensive at all.
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12/09/2008 09:27:50 AM
Wow... Amazingly offensive to those of the Christian faith.
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12/09/2008 07:33:18 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon! Excellent work!
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12/09/2008 07:04:24 AM
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12/09/2008 04:00:37 AM
This is a real masterpiece Jorge...amazing work from you as always...83 x 10!

How anyone scored this below 7 amazes me, and the jokers that gave you 3, 4 or 5 ought to be ashamed...
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12/09/2008 03:03:34 AM
Wow what a stunning image
it is truely the Masterpiece of a brilliant challenge
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12/08/2008 09:35:15 PM
Brilliant and awe-inspiring, and absolutely deserved the blue. Never get tired of seeing what you dish up. Congrats.
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12/08/2008 09:22:53 PM
This is an absolute artwork - I can't believe you would go to all this trouble just for DPC, and hope you are planning to hang it in an outstanding exhibition somewhere. Hearty congratulations on your win, and on achieving such an outstanding vision.
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12/08/2008 09:12:55 PM
Congrats Jorge, this is a masterpiece from a master :)
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12/08/2008 08:58:48 PM
Congrats Jorge! You surpassed yourself here! This is so polished and well thought out, a real masterpiece! I hope to see more...how about doing all the 14 stations of the cross? :)

ETA: This reminded me of paintings by Diego Velasquez I've seen at the Prado museum...

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12/08/2008 08:45:24 PM
Originally posted by cutout:

just as an aside
how much did it cost you to produce this?
most likely way beyond the average dpcer


Some beers and a lot of fun with many amazing friends.
There's no price that can pay all the help I received from more than 20 friends.
12/08/2008 04:44:56 PM
Awesome! This is a Master's Piece
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12/08/2008 04:19:48 PM
Brilliant, like the Last Meal with the disciples
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12/08/2008 02:40:37 PM
I see this printed huge on canvas with a gold gilded frame hanging in a gallery ...
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12/08/2008 02:30:07 PM
Impressive!!! Parabéns!!! ;)
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12/08/2008 01:36:57 PM
This image is awesome. Perfect. Great job Grats on first place.
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12/08/2008 01:23:30 PM
just as an aside
how much did it cost you to produce this?
most likely way beyond the average dpcer
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12/08/2008 01:04:25 PM
My favourite for the challenge. Congrats for the well deserved blue ribbon, a great interpretation, a great team for this shot. Ciao, Paolo.

P.S. I don't understand how someone can vote 1 or 2 for this amazing shot.

Message edited by author 2008-12-08 15:18:41.
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12/08/2008 01:03:35 PM
Excellent, excellent, excellent!!! I knew this would win first place!!
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12/08/2008 12:58:12 PM
Jorge your creativity knows no bounds. It's a pleasure to talk to you!
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12/08/2008 12:44:32 PM
CONGRATS!
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12/08/2008 11:29:10 AM
BIG WOW!! Congrats on your Win. So sorry I did not have time to vote on this challange. This is a awesome image.
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12/08/2008 11:27:46 AM
Fantastic, quite stunning.
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12/08/2008 11:13:10 AM
I love how you snuck back in and outmastered all the masters. Well done!
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12/08/2008 10:42:08 AM
I'm so glad that this ribboned for you. Intense.
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12/08/2008 10:15:09 AM
Jorge! You are amazing! I think Jesus must be very proud of your work and how you depict him!

Congratulations!

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12/08/2008 10:09:08 AM
wow !

superb !

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12/08/2008 09:51:41 AM
Nothing less than spectacular!
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12/08/2008 09:26:46 AM
Incredible work--in all aspects. Great attention to all details. Congratulations!
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12/08/2008 09:23:36 AM
Congratulations on a well-earned first place. I thought this was yours, it will make a nice companion piece to this one:
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Love the firemen!
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12/08/2008 09:17:47 AM
You are most deserving of the title "Master". Congratulations on an incredible photograph. I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.
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12/08/2008 09:07:47 AM
Nice to see that the right photo won. Many congrats.
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12/08/2008 09:03:48 AM
a beautiful masterpiece. i love the thought you put into all your characters and the whole setting. i look forward to seeing a collection of this series.
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12/08/2008 07:59:26 AM
Damn! I love this pictures! Excellent!
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12/08/2008 07:06:32 AM
great job. I thought either this was you, or that someone took a photo of a stage play somewhere. anyway great work!
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12/08/2008 06:34:24 AM
I knew this would win! Congrats my friend.
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12/08/2008 06:18:42 AM
Simply amazing stuff
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12/08/2008 05:54:01 AM
Originally posted by De Sousa:

Iím sorry but 720px doesnít make any justice to all the details in this image.


so you gonna make a print available? i'd buy one! pretty please?

again congrats, you're the man!
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12/08/2008 05:08:25 AM
A true Master. Many congrats Jorge.
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12/08/2008 04:48:04 AM
I showed this image to my wife during voting and recalled a conversation with an art teacher when I was about 14 (normal school curriculum - I'm not an artist). The teacher was adamant that photography was a technical skill - not art.

He REALLY needs to look at this image.

Well deserved congratulations.
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12/08/2008 04:45:00 AM
Truely amazing! Awesome!
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12/08/2008 02:59:52 AM
HOT DAMN! You are BRILLIANT!

I adored this image and was one of the 83 10's you received.

You inspire me and rock my visual world.

I LOVE how your mind works. I love how you direct your models - you are the BEST!
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12/08/2008 02:50:57 AM
A masterpiece if I've ever seen one - amazing work :)
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12/08/2008 02:23:08 AM
Epic shoot! a morbid and enlightening image at the same time, nice blend of interesting models.
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12/08/2008 01:55:24 AM
This boggles me in so many ways.
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12/08/2008 01:38:24 AM
very nice picture. Can you explain a bit more about how you did the setup, lighting, and processing?
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12/08/2008 01:24:27 AM
Wow, has any image gotten 83 10's?

You are a true artist, and like the masters, dedicate yourself fully to your craft. I'm in awe of your imagination and vision, and your ability to actualise them.
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12/08/2008 01:22:16 AM
It is always such a pleasure to view your amazing work Jorge. I am so glad that you came back here for us to witness this masterpiece. Congrats on the blue.

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12/08/2008 01:07:44 AM
Brilliant Work! Congratulations!!
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12/08/2008 12:58:29 AM
Congratulations on this excellent masterwork!!!
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12/08/2008 12:52:37 AM
Well, I almost had the photo with the most favorites this year with 83 (unofficially) but your photo should easily surpass that mark. Congrats Jorge! Great shot.

Message edited by author 2008-12-08 00:53:21.
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12/08/2008 12:52:05 AM
What can one say to an image of this quality. Jorge, I am in awe of your talent and skills. I'd love to see a huge print of this hanging in Jorge De Sousa exhibition.
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12/08/2008 12:31:50 AM
Huge congratulations to you - that took thought, time and patience and talent to execute - WAY TO GO a very well deserved 1st!!
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12/08/2008 12:29:37 AM
All was said. Unquestionable winner, congratulations, Jorge!
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12/08/2008 12:18:37 AM
Congrats!! Knew it...my 10 did not go to waste.
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12/08/2008 12:17:03 AM
You are a genius Jorge and this is such a deserved blue. I am just a little surprised the margin was "only" 0.6 over 2nd.

I think this image deserved to be at least one whole point above the rest in show. It is one of the best photographs I have ever seen in dpc or anywhere else. Brilliant in all aspects!!. CONGRATS!!!!!!!

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12/08/2008 12:13:40 AM
Guess we knew that was coming... Way to go master we have much to learn from you... Looking back from 14th... WTG
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12/08/2008 12:10:43 AM
Wow!!! SOOO glad you got the blue for this. Absolutely brilliant. When I first saw it during voting I was completely stunned by the thought behind the setup, the quality of the execution, and the artistic genius in this image. HUGE congratulations! I hope this - and your other related images - make it into a larger venue than DPC.
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12/08/2008 12:10:16 AM
there are no words.
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12/08/2008 12:09:21 AM
Just amazing...Congrats!
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12/08/2008 12:07:38 AM
I know this was yours, man! another masterpiece from you and the deserving winner for this challenge!
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12/08/2008 12:05:27 AM
Congrats, great Masters photo :)
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12/08/2008 12:04:41 AM
Congrats Jorge! you are truly a genius, cant wait to see more of your future masterpieces

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12/08/2008 12:04:35 AM
Wahooo...I knew you would do it...yayyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! MWAH!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2008 11:56:22 PM
DeSousa's back, cause for rejoicing! Masterful, as always.
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12/07/2008 11:53:16 PM
brilliant
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12/07/2008 11:04:23 PM
I like how this relates to other shots you have had on DPC (assuming this is De Sousa)
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12/07/2008 11:01:07 PM
postmodern madness. So far I have this and one other that I am sure we'll see on teh front page. One would need to assume that this was shot for another purpose - but it is maddeningly intriguing.
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12/07/2008 09:16:12 PM
Wow 10+
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12/07/2008 01:54:27 PM
You've outdone yourself, Jorge. A truly masterful sequel. Beautiful lighting and setup. I can't wait to read the character-placement stories behind this one. Top marks = 10.
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12/07/2008 01:12:29 PM
De Sousa...or a tribute to De Sousa? But I'm guessing, De Sousa. Who else could assemble such a cast? Good Luck!
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12/07/2008 12:35:56 PM
powerful
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12/07/2008 11:39:48 AM
I'm not sure I like it as an image - but the the quality of the work is extraordinary. A 10 from me.
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12/07/2008 05:31:23 AM
Wow. Fantastic picture
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12/06/2008 10:31:07 PM
This has got to be de Sousa, and it is extraordinary. One of my two 10's in this challenge.
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12/06/2008 06:10:17 PM
Wow I know whos this is. Great job.
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12/06/2008 12:33:04 PM
Really cool photo - great color.
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12/06/2008 05:04:42 AM
Your amazing! What a great shot and outstanding composistion!
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12/06/2008 03:49:14 AM
It makes me wish I could spend a few weeks just watching De Sousa at work. I understand it will allow me only a glimpse, and just at the technical aspect of his work, but it will sure be an experience I will cherish.
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12/05/2008 08:11:46 PM
Has to be Jorge, and my pick for the blue. This is far to easy for you my friend!
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12/05/2008 03:44:15 PM
This is such a cool setup, my first thought is that this is De Sousa. This lighting is excellent and the use of props and models is rather more in depth then the usual DPC Entry!! My only nit pick is that I feel it needs a bit more contrast but it's fantastic and one of my four 10's. I should imagine this will be on the front page
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12/05/2008 03:40:15 PM
Great colors and clearly tells a story. Looks like a capture of a theater set-up but nevertheless very nice. 8
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12/05/2008 12:04:08 PM
Wow. Just wow. There's so much here. 10
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12/04/2008 09:14:16 PM
WOW! Took me a few minutes to even look at everything that is going on with this. This is my favorite idea of all of them so far, just because of the originality to it. The modern theme is just so well executed. Every detail is there: The parametics have all their gear, as do the firefighters. The smoke adds great drama to the scene, and the women in dresses show so much emotion! I also like how we cant see the firefighters' faces, and how the girl in the paramedic is calling on the radio. If I had to search through and pick out a little detail i dont like its this: It would look better outside, but i know that would be close to impossible to keep the same lighting. Great job! 9
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12/04/2008 07:17:33 PM
Would make a nice addition to Jorge's 'Last Supper'.
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12/04/2008 02:54:47 PM
If it's not Joey Lawrence then he should be afraid: 10
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12/04/2008 02:05:36 PM
this is probobly the best photo on DPC ive ever seen. The idea reminds me of Jorge DeSousa's photo of the last supper. 10 from me
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12/04/2008 09:17:36 AM
Classic Desousa! Are you shooting a biblical series? That would make for a great themed book or gallery showing...last supper...judgement...crucifixion...
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12/04/2008 08:58:52 AM
What a setup.

I hope people don't skim over this image, because there's a lot to take in. I'm sure you'll get some lower votes because of the religious imagery, but this is brilliant.

If this is De Sousa, it's great to see your work again.
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12/04/2008 03:32:11 AM
This shot looks like a work of art. So job done. 10!
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12/03/2008 03:44:39 PM
Looks like a De Sousa to me. Very well done.
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12/03/2008 09:50:52 AM
WOW WOW WOW AND WOW! Excellent, Incredible! You clearly went to a lot of trouble but it was definitely worth it as the result is there for all to see. Stunning. A winner in my book. 10
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12/03/2008 08:55:26 AM
Fantastic setup, lighting, details, poses , story..... my 1st 10 so far in this challenge. well deserved & good luck in this challenge
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12/03/2008 08:37:03 AM
De Sousa...I suppose. 10
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12/03/2008 08:02:03 AM
I love this shot well thought out and the colors are perfect as well, great job.
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12/03/2008 05:02:46 AM
Fantastic! Love the thought you've put into this shot. 10
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12/03/2008 03:44:27 AM
Very 'De Sousa' like!!! Yeah, it's got to be - definately his style of image! If not, you still get a 9 from me. Good job!
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12/02/2008 11:44:14 PM
love the candid, sponta^H^H^H sorry - must have been a comment on an other image.

Conceptually intriguing, a modern take on such a classical subject for artists. Reminds me that most all iconography was commissioned and purposed to glorify god and how that probably isn't the case any more, in this case. Would be interested to know if that was true or not, but I suspect it is.

Great light, good execution (hmm, that should be taken the right way) and strong choreography to organise so many people at one time.

I like the near symmetry of the two firemen up the top. An excellent image.

The more I think about the probable motivations behind creating this, the more empty and devoid of emotion it feels to me. Is it done to glorify god, or meet an art school assignment. Feels more of the second and less of the first. Doesn't change the score as such, but changes the perception of value.
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12/02/2008 10:52:57 PM
I'm guessing De Sousa on this one, not that it matters who did it. I find this absolutely compelling, thought provoking, and a work of art; I can't stop staring at it. I hope I get to stare at it on the front of DPC for a full week.
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12/02/2008 10:26:03 PM
Great setup! Is this de Sousa's comeback?
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12/02/2008 10:14:25 PM
Wow. (not voting yet)

Wow.

De Sousa
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12/02/2008 10:13:30 PM
Absoultey amazing.
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12/02/2008 07:50:17 PM
Brilliantly posed, composed, and lit. Pretty stunning all round.
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12/02/2008 07:36:15 PM
Stunning to say the least. I knew you would win Jorge. Early congrats.

ETA: Ok since I am handing out awards here's yours. Just FYI, someone else is tied with you. I hope you don't mind. :)

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12/02/2008 06:28:26 PM
10
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12/02/2008 05:45:55 PM
so bizarre but a great set up with great tones and colors. 7
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12/02/2008 03:10:53 PM
reminds me of david lachapelle's work... very good concept.
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12/02/2008 01:40:53 PM
I bet this looks incredible blown up. I wonder how many people will be able to see the suspension hooks. Awesome.
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12/02/2008 11:54:48 AM
I'm not sure what the message behind this image is (if there even is one) but it is interesting to me. I can appreciate all the work involved in the set up as well.
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12/02/2008 08:46:02 AM
If this isn't the winner it should be
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12/02/2008 06:18:31 AM
this is a great example of what you get when you have the skill, equipment, and resources to do whatever you want. hope you sell lots and that it doesn't lose anything in print publication ;-)
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12/02/2008 12:11:15 AM
Very cool - nice concept that was nicely executed. Though, at first, my desensitized eyes beg for more black, after studying it further I think you did a good job with matching the painterly style of the old master. The scene isn't pose for pose (which I probably would have fought for) but, regardless, I like how it was directed... -- 10 --
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12/01/2008 11:09:59 PM
This is an interesting mix, Nice colors and comp, neat idea, 10.
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12/01/2008 10:50:18 PM
Wow. As powerful as DeSousa's Last Supper. What great attention to detail.
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12/01/2008 09:47:54 PM
Great minds think alike :D

This is an awesome piece of work! # 1 in my book ... Good Luck
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12/01/2008 08:34:56 PM
This is one of the most incredible ann symbolic images I have ever seen. I am moved, and feel fortunate to have even seen this. It speaks to me on so many levels. This is a work of true artistry, symbolism, and evokes a spiritual message for me as well. Thank you.....I only wish that I could score it higher than a 10.
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12/01/2008 06:54:52 PM
Awsome image! Perhaps a follow on image from 'The Last Supper'? ....10 and it gets my Blue Ribbon vote. Good luck!
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12/01/2008 06:51:12 PM
Outstanding...definitely the winner. I predict an 8.3 score. No vote! ;)
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12/01/2008 05:15:49 PM
Jorge?

Fantastic. Quite the biblical series you're creating.
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12/01/2008 05:01:30 PM
This has to be De Sousa...10 from me, a fav, and my candidate for the blue.
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12/01/2008 02:33:48 PM
Very interesting shot
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12/01/2008 01:15:29 PM
This must be DeSousa!
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12/01/2008 12:32:43 PM
yikes that is a lot of work - very cool!!
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12/01/2008 12:26:16 PM
this is insane. cool shot, nice setup. a lot going on, that's for sure.
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12/01/2008 11:02:17 AM
So this took you more than 9 months? Good to see you back here with another phenomenal work. 10.

(Two little nitpicks I have, though: I find the crop at right a tad too tight and also wish the rays of light at top were a bit stronger)
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12/01/2008 10:43:03 AM
That's certainly got to be the most elaborate set-up I've seen in ages. Very impressive, and what a story! Best of the best so far.
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12/01/2008 10:07:16 AM
This has to be Jorge. Unbelievable set up. I'm amazed that it doesn't look fake. You've done a great job at making this feel like a moment frozen in time. Amazing image.
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12/01/2008 09:24:53 AM
Awsome job.

congrats.
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12/01/2008 06:37:42 AM
Fabulous!!!
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12/01/2008 05:52:25 AM
i love hte editing and lighting here. smoke is a good touch
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12/01/2008 05:16:22 AM
This is an arresting image, the work of a master. I am not a fan of religious images otherwise this would have scored a 10.
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12/01/2008 04:43:40 AM
Holy sh*t. 10
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12/01/2008 04:34:57 AM
That is a really interesting piece of work.
It seems to be mostly inspired by Rosso Fiorentino (Il Rosso), with perhaps a bit of Inspiration from Rubens for the position of Mary. Mary Magdalene as kissing the feet seems be be a free interpretation from the photographer/director.
Now, what I am trying to understand is why Saint John, which is the person on the bottom right within Rosso Fiorentino's painting, and from which your bottom right character seems to be partially inspired, is depicted as a woman there.

It's now about 15 minutes that I am looking at your work, so within a DPC voting session I'd say that this is a success.
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12/01/2008 04:04:48 AM
Winner!
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12/01/2008 03:16:21 AM
Another De Sousa masterpiece. Stunning. Are they lowering him by his piercings?
Love the addition of the stretcher in your version. Nice touch.
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12/01/2008 02:26:58 AM
what a production!
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12/01/2008 01:23:13 AM
Fantastic "mise en scène" of a classic Via Crucis's picture. Your capture and composition are perfect. Personages and clothes enrich the symbolism. Amazing! Good luck in this, actually, double challenge.
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12/01/2008 12:37:23 AM
This could be Jorge. Is this the band you shot? It feels a tiny bit cluttered. I do love the oddness to it. 8
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12/01/2008 12:25:13 AM
wow...obviously a studio shot, but oh wow...9
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12/01/2008 12:11:07 AM
This photo is so insanely busy and totally awesome. Very cool modernization. I love the dance between all the people in the scene except for the woman in the black dress, feel like the flow would have been better if she had been crouching down lower and if the stretcher wasn't there. Either way, very daring piece.
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12/01/2008 12:10:59 AM
Boy, you're brave for putting this on DPC. LOL Really intricate and detailed~
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