Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Behind The Mask - Early Assignment

This Thursday's assignment, given by Jayme, is "Behind The Mask". This photo is my interpretation of that assignment. I hope the symbols and mood are obvious. I wanted to include different "masks" that one can hide behind. One mask can be destructive whereas many masks, to hide behind, is paralyzing. I wanted to show the religious aspect, seen in the mirror. There is also the quiet and personal despair that some feel, out of view of others. I wanted to include the reflection of oneself where there is a disconnect between the real and the perceived. I added dark shadows and bright light as a symbolic tug of war and made the picture black and white for the same purpose...symbolically...good vs evil.
Don't you know it will never last
This face hidden behind the mask


Protege said...

Very impressive.
This is a perfect example how a picture can speak louder than words.

I love the fact that the impression changes upon a closer examination. I get a completely different feeling from seeing it immediately, in the first moments, when it invokes a feeling of despair and hopelessness.
Later when re-examining it after reading your comments, it truly feels more like a disconnection between real and perceived.

Who is the man?

J.L.Velez said...

There are so many great elements to this picture and I think you did a great job with this assignment. The B/W is powerful while the pose and the cross in the top left leave the viewer with questions...wanting to know more. Again, you deliver such provoking image. I could see as the center of a BW series, all somehow connected. Really amazing shot!

trishalyn said...

I'm speechless!!! The thought you put into this assignment speaks for itself. The image is incredible; the writing amazing. You are in a league all by yourself...a truly impressive posting!!!

Bridget said...

too good.
i can feel such conflict i almost called you.
wonderful interprtation of the assignment.
GREAT image.

Zezee's View said...

As I told you earlier - Wow! I can't even put into words how wonderful this is!

the ninth sunn said...

purely awesome! the angle, the contrast, the effect. composition. top class! brilliant piece of work.

...i think therefore i am.

Linda said...

This is really a great interpretation of the assignment and a wonderful image. Good for you for being so brave and bold and intrspective.

philmary said...
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philmary said...

Great Great great

I see ...Sinner in the hands of an angry God