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Space Oddity by gyaban
Space Oddity
Everything photographed and edited by me.

Anywhere, anytime, you always are supposed to be what is expected of you to be. You are supposed to be a competitor. You are supposed to stay fit. You are supposed to dream about luxury cars. You are supposed to organize your life around your kids. You are supposed to be funny at parties. You are supposed to be reasonable, but supposed to look at those not being so.

This pressure is a nightmare. It destroys, by averaging things. It is so hard to resist to. Fortunately, some inspiring artists are leading the way. David Bowie was a fantastic example of such integrity: always seeking, always experimenting, always innovating, regardless of the critics. Thank you so much Mr Bowie. You will be greatly missed.
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The Passage by gyaban
The Passage
Everything photographed and edited by me.

Do you remember your first reaction when you understood that you were actually going to die one day?
I do. I was about 4 years old, we were playing some board game with a friend. All of a sudden, he told me: "you know, it is nice that we can play now, because we won't be able to do so when we're dead". It was quite a shock: no more game for me! It may sound ridiculous, but playing those games was such an enjoyment, that the idea of a total lack of it was too much for the little kid I was. Of course, that whole concept was very mysterious, so in the evening, I tried to ask my mother about it. She seemed embarrassed, didn't really know what to answer, and simply tried to explain that I shouldn't bother about it.

I didn't really buy that explanation, and as I grew up, I gathered more information from other sources. I soon realized that people had various reactions about death. Some were answering with religion, telling about another life after death, supposedly wonderful. Loads of persons also didn't know what to answer, and seemed to live pretending that death didn't exist at all. Then, others simply explained that in doubt, life should be enjoyed as much as possible. Carpe Diem.

Within that last category, there are of course various ways of taking advantage of life. This is personally where I have difficulties: what risk to take, in the name of living a worthy life, and what risk not to take, in order to avoid shortening it too much? Is asking that question already a sign of weakness? Should I always do whatever comes to mind regardless of the potential consequences? Or as a contrary, should I simply spend the next day working, cooking, and keeping the house warm for my family? This is a great dilemma. Usually, I like spending lots of time thinking about a situation, measuring pros and cons, but of course, here time is not on my side. Not on our side, sadly. Or is it?
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Justice at Stake by gyaban
Justice at Stake
Everything photographed and edited by me.

Have you ever refused a gift? What would you do, if someone offered you something really valuable, without asking for any apparent counterpart? Evidently, it would be very tempting to accept. However, doing so with the wrong person would put you in a difficult position. When you are in debt, even psychologically, it becomes very hard to remain fair (if such thing even exists). From there, it is obvious that people working as judges of any kind should really make sure to avoid external influences.

However, why do so many politicians accept presents from private companies? Aren't they supposed to work in their country's interest, and nothing else? Why do so many doctors accept gifts from pharmaceutical industry? Aren't they supposed to give the best medication depending on the pathology, not on the brand? Why are some judges elected by popular vote, aren't they supposed to be fair, instead of seeking voices?

As an individual, it is of course impossible to remain fully intellectually independent. However, as a society, we definitely must make sure that justice is protected from corruption and external control. Without it, I really can't see how rights of individuals would be guaranteed in any way.
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The Raft of Halloween by gyaban
The Raft of Halloween
Everything photographed and edited by me (no stock).

Looks like Halloween's candies can be hard on stomachs... even for monsters' ones!

Thanks a lot to all my coworkers who accepted to pose for this redux of the famous Gericault's painting, The Raft of the Medusa:
- Celine, the witch
- Thierry, the vampire
- Olivier, the zombie with an axe in the head
- Martin, the mage
- Aurelie, the corpse bride
- Clement, the vampire
- Yannick, Jack'O + the demon
- Simon, the Frankenstein creature
- Maxime, the fluffy thing

Last but not least, special thanks to my wife who helped me pose for all the other characters, and construct the raft in our garden!
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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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TubaMirum Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Do you ever do tutorials about your process for photo manipulation???
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JacquelineLecocq Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ur work is amazing!! WoW c est magnifique :clap:
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dyronl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You are a king of photomanipulation my friend! Every now and then, I find some measure of discontent in where my artistic skills lie, and feel that without the ability to draw, or paint... ect, that my art will not be able to go anywhere. But you have rekindled a somewhat dimmed flame, I shall recommit myself to improving my photomanipulations without fear (while still developing other skills, but for want, not need) Thank you!
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gyaban Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for your message! I am so glad if my pictures inspired you in any way. Actually, I started manipulating my photos this way too, inspired by what others were able to do, so it is great to see the manipulation virus keeps spreading :)
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Bluefiregrl Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is wonderful. Do you make a living off of doing it?
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gyaban Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, very kind of you. And no, I'm not earning any significant money from my images, it is just a hobby :)
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IcoWizard Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Your works are amazing, love them.
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gyaban Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, much appreciated.
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DrifterPalmPlant7206 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015   Traditional Artist
Looks like interesting imagination causes amazing artworks.
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Jassy2012 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Jocelyne's roses by KmyGraphic

Hello and Welcome to our group :iconmanip4fun:

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