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Given 2012-11-19
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 )
Lin-xD Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great photography! =D Beautiful model and style.

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

Fantastic shot! She is hoooooooooooooooooooooooooot!
Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist
she looks like fun
KeremGo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Best red head ever...
ViolentContact Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FlyLittleCrow Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Flame red, piercing blue eyes, soft white skin, and a little black dress. I'm in love.
JerichoXVIII Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
woow. GREAT photo!
SiofraTural Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Strikingly beautiful!
BlackStoneSeven Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I'm speechless. :jawdrop:
Omenstor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Great picture

I do appreciate especially the fact we are not sure at all about what she could think / feel / imagine thanks to her glance and face expressions !!

It add lots of value to it !
mewler Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful portrait! The contrast between eye and hair is stunning!
DeborahWolfdancer Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
nose piercing! :love:
thesimmsonian Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Her eyes are fantastic.
In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful. :aww:
TheRazorbladeMan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
very cool!
CupavacIzKutije Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Photographer
Nice! :aww:
vaneaph Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
thumbs up ! well done
Erebiel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
One would imagine that Anna has issues with airports and courtrooms, given all the metal in her face.
schnarre Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
...Takes one's breath away!! :love:
TrendyWhistle Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
D8 <- jaw dropped!
tulf42 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
okay awesome pic, but how long do I need to hold my breath for? she's taking my breath away damit
nervozy Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
jawdroping, breathtaking xD
Nice shot =)
10animallover10 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I did hold my breath when I saw this, she looks gorgeous! awesome shot too! :lol:
raznal Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
:jawdrops O_o
JediHobbit89 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow...just stunning and well-shot. I love the contrast between the pale skin, red hair, and black clothing. The balance of color is nigh perfect and the expression, well...the expression blows my mind. Well done, very well-done!
samsarasurfing1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
It's hard to see how pretty she is with all that crap in her face.
LittleHybridShila 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 :(
v242 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012

Same goes for the huge hole in her left ear ...

I think that I am going to look into studying to become a cosmetic ear reconstruction surgeon, because in a couple of years, there is gonna be a major influx of people wanting their ear modifications altered back to a more "normal" appearance when they attempt to get jobs and integrate themselves into society.

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 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 last comment to the 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 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,
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:
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.

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 blasť 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.


kaiverta Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Not a fan of the piercings, but that's a goooorgeous portrait.
hottestillusion Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
She's so perfect!! Love her!!
scopolamin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice expression
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very nice photograph, beautiful model. IMHO the piercing kinda spoils it though
TheJanMohammad Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful...loved it :)
SMOKER9 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   General Artist
Amazing. Her body is obviously lovely, but I think what captured me was her face to be honest. Her eyes are stunningly beautiful, and her her hair compliments it all quite nicely. Great job.
ZackRaynor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Dani2334 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i enjoy this photo , but dam her lips needed chap stick or something it slightly takes away the mood of it all for me , but other than that very well done.
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
sexy and impressive toning
JenniferMulkerrin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Vainamoinenian Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Such a beautiful contrast between the colours, and that gentle blurred outcurve of her back... mmmmmmmmm this is fabolous.
The only thing which is a bit off imo is the excessive amount of piercings on her face. Not that I'm against piercings, but these ones seem not-so-beautiful to me. Still the model is beautiful (at least her visible part)
volotation Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
c'est bien la photo
Loochi Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful one!
Unkn0wnfear Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah!!! Anna is adorable!!!
Running-w-scissors Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is beautiful. Everything is perfectly, delicately, mesmerizingly in place. This is what I always want my boudoir shots to look like.
SchneeAmsel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the piercings :dance:
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