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Untitled 7 by CliveBarker Untitled 7 by CliveBarker
I feel a sense of familiarity at viewing this piece. Initial reaction is that this is a perfect face for Frank from Hellbound Heart, but there's more emotion, more sentiment, more of an emotional capacity than either Frank or his brother seemed to possess. One a cold animal, the other an emotional cripple beneath a practical façade. Something in the face here pulls me in. The colors bring to the surface a glimpse of whatever chaotic undertow is responsible for the initial melancholy I sensed first. They also call to mind some of the chaotic afterglow life can stamps us with but their orientation seriously reminds me of the fantasy-like world that initiates Mister B. Gone. The more i look at this photo the more uncertain I feel about its impression on me. Perhaps that signals a fluid effect, as if it feels like its story is changing as time passes. Interesting work. I would love to pose in one of these shoots, they just feel so like they tell a story the world is incomplete without. Rather like a more meaningful version of working with Herb Ritts. There's definitely a vibe that follows what I feel when composing my own music… at times so completely reminiscent of my dreams it feels impossible to capture fully what I'm going for in the first place. It's a good challenge to try to fabricate such an essence and it feels like that's what you've done here. I'd definitely imagine dreams play a role in your creative processes.
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ArtemisDragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm not super good at critique, but I like this piece a lot.
I think, though, that you could take it further beyond the point of 'this is a body-painted person on white bedsheets'. Maybe by extending the paint strokes to the bedsheets to take it to a more dream-like level. Or maybe, even, you can change the orientation of the photograph so that the figure is more at a diagonal instead of vertical which would be a more dynamic composition. But it really all depends on what kind of feeling you are aiming for in the piece. I guess I'm assuming you want a dreamy feeling because of the bedsheets and the model's expression, but I might be wrong, so I'd love to hear what you want this piece to say. Your intention of mood and feeling of the piece will help out with compositional decisions and such.
I'm really interested in this piece and I hope to hear more about it! The vibrant body paint was what caught my eye. It's almost whimsical to me.
But again, I'd like to hear what you want the piece to say, because there's lots of different decisions that can be made based on your initial idea (decisions such as the above mentioned, or lighting, color, angle of photo, etc.)
I'm excited to maybe see an experimental series of these photos...? : )
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Submitted on
July 12, 2012
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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Shutter Speed
1/10 second
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
Sensor Size