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Sirens' Song
No stock, all my own photos.
First of all, let me give some special thanks to my wife and my coworkers (from left to right, Clément, Yannick, Simon, Luc and Vincent) who posed for this image on a very short notice. You guys rock!

The original sirens myth is quite outdated. Nowadays, sirens are not just a few mysterious creatures living far from civilization on a distant island. In fact, a vast amount of men and women are actually sirens. Our modern times tend to glorify fame and profitability over anything else. "Personal branding" is perceived as a positive value: many consider the opinion others have of them as a key to an happy life. "Followers", "Fans", "Likes" are highly wanted trophies. Loads of books exist, explaining to the masses how they should behave, what they should show or hide of themselves, in order to maximize consideration.

Are individual personalities really products? Are we ranked by our amount of fans? Is compliance to the dominant ideological standards the only way? For example, when I hear our political leaders, I am often extremely disappointed. Why are they even talking about their personal life? Why is it of any importance that this candidate likes running in the morning, while that other one prefers reading poetry? In the end, what matters are ideas and programs, not the color of the hair or the person's preferred food. Yet, crazy amount of money is spent on marketing and communication, just like for the average new car.

While I of course understand why we are there, and why these techniques are efficient for their users, I still can't prevent myself from being disappointed. It would be too sad to just abandon utopia and ideals. Can't we outsmart marketing? Can we build a saner world? Can't we focus a bit more on global ideas and fate, instead of contemplating our little navels? I believe so. It all starts by putting some ear plugs, so the sirens can keep singing all they want, without interfering with what is really in our minds. It is not always easy, but I'll try to think about it next time I come across one of these creatures!
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Lost Wilderness
Everything photographed and edited by me, no stock.

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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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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