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This time, I decided to create an entry on the 'post-apocalyptic' theme. As usual, everything photographed and processed by me.

First, I had to find an idea: a dark mood was an obvious choice, but how add some interest to it? What kind of story to illustrate the destroyed environment? After some thinking, I decided to go with that man, lost in this new world, not really knowing what to do or not, what to believe or not. A man all by himself.

Then I needed an old ruined church. I created it using 3 actual churches:
1) Church of St. Ouen, Rouen
2) Cathedral of Rouen
3) Jumieges Abbey

I created a composite of 1) and 2), as none of them were fitting natively in my final frame. It was an amazing experience: the churches were matching incredibly well. It is quite obvious that their architects followed similar rules and plans. In fact, that similarity help me greatly, and even perhaps permitted me to finish the project within the week. Don't get me wrong, there was still some work to do (cloning out the altar, the visitors, adjusting the colors and lighting, etc.) but the main geometrical lines were just magically matching.

Then, I of course needed to 'destroy' it. For that, I used the photos of 3), which is actually a ruined abbey. I photographed many broken walls, windows, arks, roofs, and inserted them everywhere in my main image.

At this stage, I had all the photos I needed for the main building, but the ground was much too clean. Where to find a ground full of debris? I found the answer in an old abandoned hospital, located an hour away from where I live: the Sanatorium of Aincourt. The Internet is an incredible tool to find shooting locations I must say. The hospital was in use until WW2, unfortunately also used as internment camp during that war. It was quite unbelievable to penetrate in there. Everything was destroyed, graffiti on each wall, windows all broken... and yet one was able to recognize the rooms, their functions, and imagine all the things that happened. My wife and I were walking all alone, silently, visiting the different floors: it was very impressive, and sad at the same time. What you see is the actual content of various rooms and corridors ground.

In fact, all the churches and debris photos were taken the same day, that my wife and I spent on the road (first Aincourt sanatorium, then Rouen for the 2 churches, then Jumieges for the abbey). Intense, but rewarding, and we were lucky with the weather. Good that we had our roadmap ready, or we would never had the time to photograph everything.

Finally I shot a photo of myself at home using the appropriate lighting (and wearing some very old clothes way too big for me), and processed everything together, which took about 20 hours. The light beams converge to (quite logically) one point, relatively close to the church, symbolizing a reachable hope.

Thanks a lot for watching, hope you like it!
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:iconwaiting4william:
waiting4william Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is just really wonderful. Truly. You have a gift!
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MJClArt Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
greatClap 
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:iconthe-midnight-fairy:
the-midnight-fairy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student General Artist
O____O ! No words!!
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:iconariella-melina:
Ariella-melina Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! It looks gorgeous!Wheeeeee emote 
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:iconparticleproduction:
Particleproduction Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Very eyecatching work!!Congratulations
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:iconshneaks:
shneaks Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
simply stunning. I can't get enough of these!
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:iconjacob-reddinger:
jacob-reddinger Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... one of the best photomanipulations I've ever seen... Great work!
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:iconpsddude:
PsdDude Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Stunning work!
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:iconfrani54:
Frani54 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Powerful imagery and a feeling of hope.
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Drag-on2 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Superb ... I have a thread of a theory bouncing around in my head ,,, that Humans are merely a reflection of Earth as a Planet ; constantly moving through Creation & Destruction resulting in Implosion ..
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:iconaugenweide:
augenweide Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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:iconnahojis:
nahojis Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Great work!
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:iconvayne17:
Vayne17 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
stock?
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No, all my photos and processing.
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:iconnudagimo:
nudagimo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Hello, your art work as been featured here [link]
Hope it's o.k. for you?
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello, yes sure, thanks a lot, it's an honor :-)
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:iconnudagimo:
nudagimo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
you are most welcome, you deserved it! :heart:
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Jonellphoto Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Par excellent !!! :)
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:icondiosenzanome:
diosenzanome Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   General Artist
great!!!
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:iconyagamiseven:
Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
This is really good
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student General Artist
:wow: Incredible work! Your perspective and blending of the buildings is spot-on, I was so sure that you used only 1 photo of a church! :D Great job, keep it up! :clap:
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:iconnudagimo:
nudagimo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
absolutly gorgeous! :clap:
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:iconravenscar45:
ravenscar45 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Incredible image - absolutely amazing - so sharp and detailed with fantastic lighting effects.
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:iconcongatrehp:
congatrehp Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing! i want tobe there!thanks
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sietske-78 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!!
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:iconcherishedmemories:
CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Awesome lighting. Great imagery. :D :heart:
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot :-) Much appreciated!
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BettaArtusiArt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
AWESOME!
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconbettaartusiart:
BettaArtusiArt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
you are very welcome!
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greyfortofmars Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Nice work! Great vision and atmosphere. Very well thought out.
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot! Glad you liked it :)
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:icongreyfortofmars:
greyfortofmars Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
You're quite welcome! Might be tempted to try something similar.
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:iconcmcvs:
cmcvs Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A masterpiece!
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, very happy you liked it :-)
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:iconshades-of-serenity:
Shades-of-serenity Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing and wonderful great work :)
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, glad you liked it :)
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:iconshades-of-serenity:
Shades-of-serenity Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
u r very welcome and u r soo talented
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:iconmarazul45:
Marazul45 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow Fantastic!
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot :-)
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Marazul45 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always a pleasure !:iconpurpleheartplz:
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:iconmcmedeiros:
Mcmedeiros Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW, I am speechless, Great work !
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot :-)
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:iconla-morte-amoureuse:
La-Morte-Amoureuse Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012   Digital Artist
This is outstanding! :clap:
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
great...
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :-)
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layperson Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
:+favlove:
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot! :-)
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Flobelebelebobele Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Awesome work!!!!:clap::clap::clap:
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