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Schism by gyaban Schism by gyaban
All photos and processing by me.

Why are we doing what we do, instead of not doing it? We all have habits, things that we do without really thinking about them. However, from time to time, we hesitate. Dilemmas, uncertainty, hard choices, doubts.

I do not know how everyone is handling such situation. As far as I'm concerned, I often try to weight pros and cons, as objectively as I can. Those two sides love to fight in my head: this is what I wanted to represent in my image. One side of my personality can be hard, disapproving any compromise (represented by the porcelain man, breaking instead of bending), while the other side can be much softer (the darkest man). Here, they are fighting over a decision, which is symbolized by the bird. I had a precise situation in my head when creating my picture, but in the end, it doesn't matter much, as any difficult decision could have been represented similarly.

Technically, here are the main photos that I took for this project:
- The background is completely real, I did not alter it at all. It is a crypt located in the upper part of the Mont Saint-Michel. Since the place is about 3h away from home, it took me a day to obtain it, but I think it was worth it. Incredible place.
- I posed for the 2 men photos. As you can imagine, the positions had to be well prepared, first as a drawing, then in reality. I used various tricks to help me hold the appropriate position; for example, when posing for the liquid man, I was holding a rope in my mouth that was attached to the wall behind me, to help me bend my neck and back.
- The bird photo required around 3 hours of hunting, as ravens love to flee when you want to photograph them.
- The splashes were realized by throwing items in a large bowl of milk.
- Finally, for the broken porcelain, I bought 4 white vases that I broke in my home studio. Photos were taken during the act, to obtain realistic projections, then also when the pieces were on the floor.

I am well aware that symbolism can be hard to understand at times, but I hope some will like it anyway!
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CatoAelius Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Not sure why, but this particular image invoked a kind of symbolism of mankinds fragile nature. We pretend everything is OK, when in reality it is not. We reach to entrap nature as if it is ours, yet it is nature that rules us, despite all of our glorious accomplishments. Mankind splashed and shattered, when nature has had enough. Just my take when I viewed the image. Totally awesome taken in whatever context.
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JocelynPatrick Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Taitaviracocha Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!!!
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MadeByRona Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very special! You put a lot of work into this work and it shows, very good!:clap:
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DraakeT Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
on all ur works i see ur immense passion and ingenious creativity and ur emotions hit always straight at the viewer. (this is so important in these type of works)
U are a particulars lover and i love so much watch all these details in ur high profile works. So u bought 4 white vases hahah were they ancient vases of the ming dynasty? i hope no. I love always ur stories how u create these works too.
And yes u got an incredible ocular sensivity...for this reason all these works have this wonderfull photorealistic effect.....in others words they aren't simply classic photomanipulations.
See u next master of the photomanipulation :bow: :P
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gyaban Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for all your very kind words. I appreciate them a lot, and they are a great source of motivation to go on and create new images. Oh, and the vases were the cheapest ones I was able to find out there, don't worry ;-)
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Art-Kombinat Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... great ART ...
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gyaban Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot!
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jillamos Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
I just love how you put a lot of physical labor into your photo manips, especially in a world where the temptation of the easy instant shortcut (the internet) is always present. Plus they make interesting little adventure stories.

I hope you're making some sort of profit off your talent. :) You're like a modern day Uelsmann.
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gyaban Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, thank you so much! You made me blush. I am not really trying to make money out of my images, it is not a goal for me, but I sure am extremely glad to get such kind feedback, so very motivating. Thanks again!
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