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Holy Grail found on Mars! by gyaban Holy Grail found on Mars! :icongyaban:gyaban 114 12 Memories by gyaban Memories :icongyaban:gyaban 8 0 Spamalot by gyaban Spamalot :icongyaban:gyaban 66 13 Jazz by gyaban Jazz :icongyaban:gyaban 33 8 The Great Covfefe by gyaban The Great Covfefe :icongyaban:gyaban 642 139 Close Encounter of the Swimming Kind by gyaban Close Encounter of the Swimming Kind :icongyaban:gyaban 127 36 Sirens' Song by gyaban Sirens' Song :icongyaban:gyaban 25 7 Lost Wilderness by gyaban Lost Wilderness :icongyaban:gyaban 38 3 Snail Mail by gyaban Snail Mail :icongyaban:gyaban 29 4 Love at first sight by gyaban Love at first sight :icongyaban:gyaban 16 2 Not Dark Yet by gyaban Not Dark Yet :icongyaban:gyaban 711 66 City Shadows by gyaban City Shadows :icongyaban:gyaban 61 18 Once upon a shoe by gyaban Once upon a shoe :icongyaban:gyaban 23 8 La Baie des Anges by gyaban La Baie des Anges :icongyaban:gyaban 46 8 The Duel by gyaban The Duel :icongyaban:gyaban 52 20 The Sea Shepherd by gyaban The Sea Shepherd :icongyaban:gyaban 34 10


Definitely Not Home by pepey Definitely Not Home :iconpepey:pepey 102 7 Straight from the ocean (Print available) by pepey Straight from the ocean (Print available) :iconpepey:pepey 150 15 transformation by nogaspaki transformation :iconnogaspaki:nogaspaki 1,030 63 butterfly by nogaspaki butterfly :iconnogaspaki:nogaspaki 250 20 Three Blowers by yigitaral Three Blowers :iconyigitaral:yigitaral 73 13 my print work by sakuchan22 my print work :iconsakuchan22:sakuchan22 12 2 Mannaz-Neszama by darekbranski Mannaz-Neszama :icondarekbranski:darekbranski 147 9 Heliopause fleets cover by AlMaNeGrA Heliopause fleets cover :iconalmanegra:AlMaNeGrA 682 120 Mansion of Paradoxes by jeff80 Mansion of Paradoxes :iconjeff80:jeff80 132 33 untitled by Ragdollar untitled :iconragdollar:Ragdollar 1,690 118 european union by Yaro42 european union :iconyaro42:Yaro42 569 56 A Sense of Purpose by lesley-oldaker A Sense of Purpose :iconlesley-oldaker:lesley-oldaker 264 22 Rite by AnjaMillen Rite :iconanjamillen:AnjaMillen 1,124 78 Blow by Iskander1989 Blow :iconiskander1989:Iskander1989 173 34 GAZA IS BURNING! by A7md3mad GAZA IS BURNING! :icona7md3mad:A7md3mad 1,460 175 David Lynch by AFANTINI David Lynch :iconafantini:AFANTINI 225 35


Holy Grail found on Mars!
Did you know that the Lady of the Lake actually hated water? She was so despaired with it that one day, she visited Merlin, and asked for help. Together, they constructed the biggest catapult ever, able to project men at Earth escape velocity (about 25.000 mph - yes, the Lady of the Lake was fond of fundamental physics). Promptly, they both used it to reach Mars, which offered some of the nicest beaches of the milky way. Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, sick with all the rust on their armors, also joined the party on the red planet. Problem is, Mars offers no wood: impossible to build another giant catapult to come back! Fortunately, Elon Musk, in an attempt to obtain eternal life through the Grail, is currently riding his space car to get there. Chances are for the Lady of the Lake to get a ride back. Unless the car battery runs out, of course.

[No stock, everything photographed and edited by me]
Everything photographed and edited by me, no stock.

We all have to live with losses in mind. It often hurts. Still, I would say it is important to cherish your memories. Compared to photos or videos, they can be inacurrate, partial, blurry, fading with time... yet they are yours. Nothing can replace them. When you close your eyes, and imagine those moments, you can live them again. And again. Sorry for the cheesiness, it is just one of these nostalgia days.
Everything photographed and edited by my, no stock.

Yannick, a friend of mine, is a hobbyist actor. He is working hard in a theatre troupe called "Singing on the Roof". Despite them being all French people, they love to play in English, mostly Broadway-style musicals. This year, they are going to present "Spamalot", the famous "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" inspired musical comedy. I was more than happy to help them with the poster.

First, my wife and I designed the main concept. We wanted to show some humor, the Grail had of course to be there, and the main characters had to be displayed in a clear way. Moreover, some negative space had to be left around them, for the various texts and stuff that had to be added as well. After a few different tries, we validated a project, and they all came to my place, for a photo shooting session! Needless to say, it was great fun: I had a blast asking them to fool around in their costumes ;-)

The show will happen in Paris, end of June. All the details and credits can be found on their website. You can see the fully finalized version of the poster there too (including the copyrighted Monty Python text that I didn't include here for legal reasons).

The Great Covfefe
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Categories are a very useful concept. Most evolved form of life would probably not exist without this concept. For example, distinguishing edible food from poison, distinguishing a nice road from a dangerous cliff, or distinguishing a friendly person from a serial killer are obvious cases. Based on this experience, human beings crafted many other categories: what is tasteful and what is not, what is beautiful and what is not, who drinks alcohol and who doesn't, who listens to heavy metal and who listens to jazz, who plays football and who plays chess, who earns a lot of money and who does not, who speaks English and who does not, the list goes on. Why this need of categories? I suppose that a first explanation is straightforward: when one wants to stay in his comfort zone, it is handy to quickly identify what or who corresponds to the criteria. Categories work as road signs: they help us taking the path we look for.

That being said, it is easy to see how having too many categories can quickly become counter-productive, just like hundreds of signs per mile wouldn't make a road safer nor easier to use. Yet, I have the feeling that we reached that point: it is like no decision, no opinion, no thought can be achieved without categorizing everything to the last extent. In fact, we are even educated this way: it is now extremely hard to avoid thinking within pre-made categories. This is quite sad, because all these categories create boxes around everything and everyone. Even sadder, our society looks at the situation as a normal fact, to the point we do ask for, and love this segregation.

It is nothing new, but electing leaders simply because they promise to segregate more, is disheartening. Categories were supposed to be a useful tool for everyone, not a convenient way for the cynical to gain power. Your voice for the promise of walls...



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Christophe Kiciak
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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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Loulin Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stumbled upon your gallery by chance, which was lucky I suppose. I had great long while admiring your manipulations. So well made all of them. And so many interesting, thougtful and above all funny pieces.  I particularly liked "Close encounters of a swimming kind", the halloween raft, "Anti-propagantda propaganda" and "Darth Sushi". I also thought "Liberté d'Expression" was particularly well made.
gyaban Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot Louise, very kind of you. I wish I had your drawing skills though :) But well, a camera and a computer are handy in such case I suppose. Thanks again for your comment!
Loulin Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A computer and a camera are very handy tools indeed. (My manipulation skills are pretty low so you're one up on me with that)
Thanks for the kind words in return. :)
annewipf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
Happy birthday! :hug:
GuardianMajor Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional General Artist
:party: Happy Birthday!
Bon anniversaire! :hug:
Dieffi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer

                       Birthday clown by KmyGraphic 

  Love The Birthday!!! by LOVEMAYU                       (((Happy Birthday 2U!!))) by LOVEMAYU            

Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
sk2mars Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
words cant express the feelings i get while looking at your pieces.
SummerDreams-Art Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+devwatch: Christophe, it is kindly appreciated and you have a wonderful gallery.:gallery::heart:
WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch Christophe, glad to meet you:wave:

Have a nice day!
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