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hold your breath by =StefanBeutler is a profound, evocative photograph, the model captured in a truly striking fashion, further accentuated through the brilliant contrast between the colours of the eye and hair. ( Suggested by CarmenVeloso and Featured by 3wyl )
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Inupoutdown Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Writer
Very striking! I like the colors.
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jf123 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The in-focus eye and hair just grips my attention.

The good; the photo grabs my attention.

The bad; the rest of the frame does not. I think it would have been just as good as just a head-and-shoulders portrait.

I still like it, though. The eye, peering from the hair just does it for me. It is like the model is not just a model, but actually speaks to the viewer.

Great photograph.
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Jakham002 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
*O* really nice 
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ObscureSanctuary Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
great composition
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Blue eyes, red hair and black lace. A stunning combination. And beautifully photographed.
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OminousEcho Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a weakness for redhair
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Hey there, just wanted to let you know that I featured this photo here in Je Ne Sais Quoi #13.
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Lime-uranite Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here [link]
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Lime-uranite Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn smoking hot!
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fotoheini Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Photographer
Amazing ...Shot, Model, and Focus/DoF...intense Eye
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RayRupnow Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous!
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JotVelZet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Featured here [link]
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Mishkina Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
coooooooooool
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ZirocoolTP Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
eine Wunderschöne Arbeit
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Le-Meridian Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello ! Your beautiful work is featured [link] ! :hug:
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rabidcrayons13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Usually I dont indulge in photos that could be taken as 'erotic', but regardless of the sense in which the shot was taken, I adore it. This girl is utterly beautiful, and the photographer has done very well in capturing her beauty.
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jackdornothing Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats for the DD!
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grafmason Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
great photo,striking model.
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IlMinis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
OMG, I falled in love!!! <3
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ShilaDaLioness Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed. It's sad that beautiful girls feel they have to do that to their face :(
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IDarkShadowI Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SO magnificent photo!
The model is wonderfull and the perspective and lights are sublime, a n amazing piece of art!
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v242 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Thank you kindly. :bow:

No, I haven't read Alex Grey's book / books at all, but I am familiar with his background and his incredibly detailed psychedellic / New Age / tantric / Chakra / LSD inspired works of art. Pretty eye-popping stuff.

I distinctly remember many years ago, in the early 1990's coming across a book of his (or an article on him) that delved into his background and showed him sitting on a NYC subway train with one half of his head shaved and the other half with long hair. And I think there was a picture that he put up on the wall behind him of himself with the exact same haircut / expression that he was conveying on the train.

Quite odd for sure in a city that is innundated with bizarreness to the point of which its citizens have become blasé about all of it (Ex. An out of towner / tourist to the city exclaiming something akin to "Hey ... there's a guy taking a shit over there on the sidewalk in broad daylight!" with a fellow New Yorker quipping "Eh ... the guy does that every day at the same time. Same spot. Same sidewalk. You outtah see dem guys do a flash mob of group shitting on the sidewalk all at the same time ... now THAT'S a sight to behold."), but rather an interesting piece of performance art for his fellow commuters on that train that particular day.

But I do know that Alex Grey and his wife opened a museum dedicated to their multi-faceted beliefs with a lot of his artwork featured in it as well as other artists that he admires or feels that their creativity dovetails nicely with the overall concept / direction / mission statement of the museum. ;)

Not sure if he and his wife are back up to normal after getting in that car accident years ago. Last time I saw a pic of him, he was in a full length hardshell backbrace. I believe he broke his back in the accident or something.

Anyway, thanks again for the kind words. I sincerely appreciate it.

Take care and do be well.

v242

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samsarasurfing1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Really wonderful reply. I was wondering if you've ever read a book called 'The Mission of Art' by Alex Grey? Reading your words reminded me of it. It's the story of his evolution as an artist, with many wonderful observations on the human journey of becoming conscious beings in the world.

Peace
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jgurnig Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This young woman has taken my breath.
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hinack Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Awesome shot !!
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Kotyka Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Awesome pic ! <3 Love it.
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Aimeryyl Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I love the piercings. Piercings are also a form of art and we should respect that. Much love. Stunning photo.
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v242 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
:nod:

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v242 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Well written and conveyed, James.

I do agree with you ... society (since the 1960's "Counter Culture Revolution" kicked off the mantle of the 1950's post-WWII "For God, Family, and Country" moral and societal parameters), has embraced the "here and now" or "I don't want to wait / I don't care about the future / I, Me, Mine" mantra.

A lot of individuals in this world have turned a blind eye to the following words of wisdom:

"Be IN this world, but not OF it."

Which (to anyone other than James reading this) means, that as a human being, we come into this world with nothing, and we exit this world with nothing.

What we collect, buy, lust for, desire, covet, acquire, lose, give away, etc. in this lifetime remains here once we are gone. It doesn't go with us onto / into the "next life" (if you so believe in an "afterlife").

Thus, we are called to a higher standard ... a "higher calling" if you'd like. This life is not really meant for indulging in vanity for vanity's sake. No. Not at all.

Granted, there are some incredible examples of well executed, well thought out tattoos that I have seen over the years. And with each passing year, as new techniques / new hardware accessories are added to the tattooist's ability to better render artwork upon a living canvas such as the human dermis, those "inking's" (in tattooist parlance) become all the better and breathtaking.

The culture of tattoos, body modifications, the "Modern Primitive" movement, and whatnot ... are pretty much an outgrowth of individuals wanting to not only express their individuality, but also to belong to a quasi "tribe" of sorts.

It's a tribe that exists on the margins of society, yet makes inroads INTO society via its "embracing of self expression" / "embracing of uniqueness" concept. That has a very special appeal to those people in this world who feel no loyalty to whatever the mass media, culture, social and religious dictates, the government, or the collective wisdom of the day has given its stamp of approval to. ;)

So, I do think that the culture serves as a counterpoint to certain things in our Western culture, yet at the same time, as it becomes more and more accepted, it is / has been assimilated INTO society. You see this on television, in weekly / monthly periodical magazines, on MTV, on the courts or on the playing fields of professional sports arenas, etc. It is almost become "THE NORM" to today's youth.

But alas, things change. Fads come and go. What was hip / cool / rad / bitchin' / etc. yesteryear is now viewed with scorn, contempt, or sheer disdain (M.C. Hammer pants anyone?). This is normal and is part of the waxing and waning of society / culture itself (otherwise we'd all be wearing animal pelts or togas right now).

However, with the body mod stuff, I think that once you get into deforming / reforming / altering the body mechanism as a whole, one begins to tread upon shaky ground. This doesn't really apply to the hidden piercings or those for one's personal taste / pleasure, but more so to the extreme modifications that (in my opinion) go overboard with their intrinsic shock value.

The splitting of one's tongue, enlarging one's lips / earlobes / nostrils / cheeks with plugs, use of subdermal implants, saline injections (i.e. forehead "bagel" / "donut" - do a Google Search on it if you aren't familiar with the concept), corneal tattooing, cosmetic dental sharpening (i.e. fangs) and so on, may very well be the individual's right to self expression, but alas, without reconstructive surgery (or some future technique in which these extreme modifications can be undone), the individual has pretty much pushed themselves to the limit with what they can do to it (that is, to the body).

I'm still waiting for self amputations to come into vogue. You know, like cutting off one's fingers at the knuckles to resemble paws or claws. Maybe removing one's eyelids so that the eyes are continually open. Or an ear. Or both ears. Or just removing the nose entirely so that all that remains is an open maw in one's face.

Those types of things ... yeah, those types of things are on the horizon. ;)

Take care James.

v242 :bow:
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TheDeadlyYears Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Sorry, but the piercings killed it for me.
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DudeWhut Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
7/10 would bang if no obnoxious facial piercings.
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samsarasurfing1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I appreciate your thoughtful reply. You really have me thinking about the subject of body modification.

We change our hair styles all through our lives. Nobody would want to have the same hair they had at age ten, or twenty etc. But when it comes to ink and piercings, or other surgical procedures, people rarely consider this point. They stretch out their poor ears with those massive plugs, or they cover their bodies in tattoos they think they will love when they're parents someday, and grandparents. They do not stop and wonder if the older, wiser person they evolve into will feel the same as the younger person who thought it was awesome to cover their body in tattoos and piercings, or have plastic surgery. But if we evolve, really evolve, we will, almost always, find our youthful ideas of "cool" to be silly, at best, and horrible at worst.

It's so easy to get a new hair style, or change clothes...much harder to take off immature and vile things we carved in our flesh or shrink stretched out ears.

Wisdom is letting go of the past. Tattoos, especially, are often a clinging, not changing, a fear of changing.

I love art, but even the most amazing painting I can take off my wall for awhile and put away, and miss it. I get tired of it. Today, there's probably nothing in the world so amazing I would put it on my flesh and try to make it permanent. And these days, most people get tattoos that really are more like graffiti, nasty things carved in their flesh that they will usually regret...if they mature. Then again, many will not mature. Many people simply get older, not wiser. So you see the sixty year old biker with nude chics on his arm...the kind of thing one would and should feel ashamed of...at age sixty...and he thinks its cool. "HEY LOOK WHAT I DID TO MYSELF WHEN I WAS ON DRUGS AT TWENTY!" I can't imagine being in a nursing home at the end of my life with some garbage tattoo on my body, and some nurse is changing my diapers. Or when I die and the mortician is the last person who views my body...and sees some vile statement I made when I was young and cruel to myself...my last comment to the world...like the girl who got "DIRTY WHORE" tattooed across both her ass cheeks. That's gonna look real pretty at age ninety. And it's gonna look damn sad when she dies and the undertaker is preparing her body.

People even get tattoos that mean nothing to them, it's bizarre. When I see a very pretty girl with nasty prison tattoos all over her body...it just reminds me how shallow our world is. She doesn't consider consequences and laugh at the thought that, if she does it, one day her older self will hear from her kids, "Mom, can you drop us off BEHIND the school please?" And mom will ask why. "Because mom, the kids make fun of your tattoos. You look like somebody who was in prison for murder!"

Some of the most beautiful women in the world can't stop...and think about what they do...why they want to punch holes in themselves, cover their amazing bodies in tattoos, or cut themselves. Their answers for doing it are as shallow as what they choose to wear on their flesh.

Fortunately I only have tattoos easily hidden under clothes. My regrets are small because I asked whether the art would age gracefully with me. And i took out the ring in my ear the day Michael Jordan got one, which was the day the whole world of guys went insane and pierced their ears...a hundred million robots. And amazingly, after so many years, guys are wearing earrings, and not taking off the size sticker on their baseball caps...what a mindless world of followers afraid to NOT do as everyone else does. If some famous rapper wore a bone through both nostrils...many guys would be doing it. There is so great a terror of thinking for oneself.

Peace to you,
James
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vika-mark Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:love:
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AaronsArts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
She looks so wild and untamed! :D
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Wackerphotog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Great color contrast & depth of field.
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gensanity Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:o

greatness
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DanteFlamingCharisma Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O-O
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CorSecAgent Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Redheads are always a stunning sight but this light, it's...I guess magical is the best word I can use. :-)
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Kharon47 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Simply great. The colours are just incredible.
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NamesAndSuch Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Power to the redheads
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KaiaCelRau Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's is incredibly beautiful, it baffles me!
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no1wantsthisname Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Another pale redhead (just like me!) in the DDs...awesome! >8D
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The-MidnightFlower Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The model and the expresion are fantastic! They whole pic is beautiful!!
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Techno-wolf18 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool art. I like it. :)
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taskmaster08 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OMG SO AMAZING!
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Lin-xD Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great photography! =D Beautiful model and style.

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Arianna-chan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
the beautiful model :heart:
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Grimmotron Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Red heads, my fatal weakness. LOL

Fantastic shot! She is hoooooooooooooooooooooooooot!
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Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist
she looks like fun
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KeremGo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Best red head ever...
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