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Rocks Have Feelings Too by gyaban Rocks Have Feelings Too by gyaban
All the photos and processing by me, no stock

A few days ago, I found an article mentioning "Pet Rocks', and describing them as normal stones that people would buy in the 70's to pretend they have a pet, in a humorous way. Prior to that reading, I had no idea about what 'Pet Rocks' were, and I had to ask the great Internet for some more enlightenment. Needless to say the answer left me doubtful, to say the least. However, it looked like a good occasion to create a funny image. Since I don't know where to buy LSD these days, I went back to the good old brainstorming method, and tried to imagine various situations involving pets. After a few different sketches, I decided to go with those 2 persons, walking their respective pets, in a scene including an undergoing rock love affair ;-)

At first, I spent a whole afternoon walking in the woods, and took about 500 photos of different paths. Some were nice, with the sun filtering through the leaves, but despite my efforts to make this background work with the scene, the composition wasn't so good, and all the results were rather disappointing. So in a desperate attempt at creating something, I brought my camera at work, and took advantage of my lunch break to quickly reach Berton Street in Paris and photograph it. The street is actually quite narrow, paved, and has nice lamps, so it looked like a nice background possibility. However, it was a cloudy day, with a very flat and diffused light: in order to add visual interested I converted the scene to that foggy night look. This permitted me to turn the street lamps on in post-processing, resulting in a much more dramatic lighting of the characters. I believe this is the first time the main light of my background photo is virtual: it was interesting to achieve.

While I was processing the background, my wife was working on the pets. She created the eyes out of cardboard pieces, and glued them to the rocks. The rocks themselves were originally relatively flat, so I deformed the texture in post, to emulate their roundness. We also decided to dress in a way that would match the mood of this old Paris street, like in an old novel. I took the photos at home, using a lighting setup designed to match the virtual lighting of the street. I inserted all the characters in the scene, and created the various necessary shadows (woman on street, man on street, rocks on street, leashes on street, leash and collars on pets). Finally, I gave one of my cats an opportunity to make a little cameo appearance on the roofs :-)
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zohier2algerie Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Deep man
aaron-davis Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
And the cat watches, detached and untouchable, from above. the piece defiantly conjures up a lot of emotions.
ruuk-ve Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing. And hysterical too! My school administrator has one such pet rock. It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of. Said he paid twenty bucks for it. Anyway, he's a bit more of the enthusiastic goof-off type of teacher so he showed it to us one day. I have to say that finding this piece of artwork has really made my day in light of my school administrator and his "pet rock".
LindArtz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
This is outstanding!! Even before I read what it was all about. Although I remember the pet rocks very well, this piece didn't conjure up that memory; instead it seems to suggest a sense of loneliness in the lives of the people, and a 'being weighed down'... by the pets, if you will?...or by responsibility.
Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   General Artist
Very creative :clap: I always enjoy to read your texts about how you made your manipulations :)
petronellavanree Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
A real masterpiece, so beautiful!
Altair-E Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The scene is very funny and the work is really well done. I like the lighning effects! :clap:
aninur Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link] :heart:
Flobelebelebobele Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Your work has been featured here [link]
gyaban Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, much appreciated!
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