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Lost Wilderness
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It is very cold today. Everything is white around me. At first, I thought I was completely alone. But after a few seconds, I started to spot companions: a squirrel running on a tree, a bird desperately scratching the floor for food, a fox crossing a path in the distance. In some way, I feel like those critters and I are closer than usual to each other, due to the coldness: the air is biting our skins, there is a sense of emergency, we have to fight a common enemy. Of course, there is a great difference between them and me: I have access to clothes, to a warm house, to unlimited food. I see them, and I feel like I am cheating, like I am living in a way I was not designed for.

What would happen if other animals had access to technology too? Would they feel better? Would they enjoy their life better? When you bring comfort, what do you remove? I started thinking about this, and imagined how would a spider look, if it was slowly becoming a human, metaphorically speaking. Why hunt if food is easy to obtain? From there, why produce a web at all? Is a spider without its web still a spider? Would it become a new species, behaving completely differently than its ancestors? Is losing wilderness a bad thing at all? Should I care? So many questions. Time for a hot coffee.
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Love at first sight
Everything photographed and edited by me.

The probe we sent to outer space finally arrived on some mysterious planet's surface. It sent back only one image before communications were lost. Apparently, our probe was quite sexy, according to locals ;-)
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Not Dark Yet
Everything photographed and edited by myself.
ETA: Thank you so very much for the DD! It is a great honor, that I appreciate a lot.


Inspired by Bob Dylan's song, "Not Dark Yet".


Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writing what was in her mind
I just don’t see why I should even care
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, I’ve been to London and I’ve been to gay Paree
I’ve followed the river and I got to the sea
I’ve been down on the bottom of a world full of lies
I ain’t looking for nothing in anyone’s eyes
Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

I was born here and I’ll die here against my will
I know it looks like I’m moving, but I’m standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don’t even hear a murmur of a prayer
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there
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City Shadows
Everything photographed and edited by myself, no stock.

Our society is very pyramidal. At the bottom, there are lots of persons, doing potentially thankless jobs: farmers, builders, bakers, phone operators, cashiers, maids, postmen, waiters, sweepers, cleaners, sandwich sellers, or even homeless people, the list goes on.  On the upper layers, persons are richer and richer towards the top, and also less numerous: doctors, bankers, lawyers, notaries, politicians, businessmen, rich heirs, etc.

I often wonder if things could be organized differently, not just locally, but on a global scale. Have you ever heard of eusociality? This word defines advanced society organization in animal life. For example, bees are organized in a way that individual interest is totally erased by community interest: even the queen itself, although unique in a hive, doesn't have much to enjoy from a personal point of view, since she is totally dedicated to reproduction and can't even feed herself.

Of course, imagining a new organization would imply defining a given goal. What priority should we choose? What long-term purpose could we aim at? Are we only supposed to live as comfortably as possible, reproduce ourselves, then die, without any other precise objective? As far as I'm concerned, I would love some focus on fundamental research: how the universe got created, what are his laws, and ultimately, what purpose serves our presence in there (if any). Obviously, other persons may have other various opinions on such topic. What would be yours?

In any case, I am quite convinced that some more solidarity could go a long way. People being lucky enough to live in the higher steps of the social pyramid (I include myself in here) may give some more consideration to others that are in need of help. Even from a purely ethnocentric point of view, whatever the awaiting challenges are, human beings can only be stronger as a whole if solidarity becomes the rule.

Thanks for watching, much appreciated!
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Christophe Kiciak
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
France
I am a self-taught hobbyist, who simply enjoys creating unusual images. My work never contain anything but my own photos, combined into surreal, conceptual, or fantasy oriented pictures. My beloved wife Marianne is helping me, especially on the artistic side of the creations (sets construction, image composition, color choices, overall feeling).

I am convinced that a great deal of what “Art” is lies in doing things differently. In visual arts, looking at things from another angle, modifying the lighting, adjusting an expression, or changing an attitude can bring life to an otherwise dull work. However, seeking difference simply for the sake of it is probably not a good way to obtain the best results. This is where “Creativity” steps in. I would personally define it as the ability to use difference as a tool to bring interest. Therefore, being creative is very important to me. Of course, I often fail at it, but I believe that pursuing that goal is the path I should follow.

Creating a new image is a whole process to me. Some photographers are able to instinctively recognize a worthy situation, find the best angle, and shoot it, all in a matter of seconds: this is a talent I don’t have. However, what I can do is imagine concepts, draw several rough sketches to see how they could be efficiently translated into pictures, determine all the various photos I am going to need, hunt patiently for them, plan additional shooting sessions, and assemble everything on the computer. As a result, my images are like personal statements, a bit like a novel for a writer. Everyone is free to like or dislike them, to agree with my point of view or not, but fact is there is no cheating in them: my images are the direct reflection of my thoughts, the traces of my existence.

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shellz-art Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
Your work is simply marvellous. Keep up the good work!
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Dani-Owergoor Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch and fav! 
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Pokingaround Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016
Happy Birthday!
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Mocris Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :)
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annewipf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016
Bon anniversaire! :hug:
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EBENEWOOD Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016   General Artist
Joyeux anniversaire Christophe! Que cette journée soit pleine d'allégresse et de tendres moments! :hug::cake::party::sun::earth:
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Happy Birthday! :cake: :party:
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