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Excelsior

Excelsior is a conceptual composite I made with the intent of having both a realistic and allegorical feel, therefore it is intentionally left open to several i...
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Excelsior is a conceptual composite I made with the intent of having both a realistic and allegorical feel, therefore it is intentionally left open to several interpretations. I’ve learned that the viewer’s response to the image varied greatly depending on their personal outlook of life. People with a more negative approach responded accordingly and concluded the scenario was somewhat scary and overwhelming, especially with such a young child alone in the water and surrounded by so many birds. Parents of little children often took a more realistic approach and found it to be a precious and sentimental moment, whilst others interpreted it to be a deep and profound image full of hidden meaning. I personally prefer the latter and view it as a visual representation of stepping from this life to the next- the birds an earthly portrayal of a flurried but gentle angelic escort towards the light; the youth and innocence of a child representing our inadequacy and humility in front Deity himself- head bowed in reverence while surrounded by Glory- hence the title, which also pays homage to Longfellow’s legendary poem.

Child and sky are my own imagery; sea birds Robin Chavez Photography, ocean courtesy AustriaAngloAlliance on Deviantart. Assembled and hand edited in GIMP.

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Talented_Amatuer
 
Talented_Amatuer April 23, 2016
Great capture!!
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kapuschinsky May 04, 2016
Thank you!!
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cliveeariss April 23, 2016
Raw Talent, brilliant work, pure class.
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kapuschinsky May 04, 2016
Thank you so much; I appreciate your kind words!
ColoradobornImages
 
ColoradobornImages April 23, 2016
love this
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kapuschinsky May 04, 2016
Thank you!!
ThreeHerbs
 
ThreeHerbs April 23, 2016
What a fantastic image!
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kapuschinsky May 04, 2016
Thank you so much!
ronsmith PRO
 
ronsmith April 23, 2016
Great work
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kapuschinsky May 04, 2016
Thanks!
KoralC PRO
 
KoralC April 24, 2016
Creativity A+ !
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kapuschinsky May 04, 2016
Thank you!!
philippeconstantin
 
philippeconstantin April 24, 2016
Splendid composition. and beautiful light
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kapuschinsky May 04, 2016
Thank you so much Philippe!
laurenmphotography
 
laurenmphotography April 24, 2016
it is an amazing photograph truly, just not sure about how the editing changes the realistic moment.which changes everything..
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kapuschinsky May 04, 2016
Thank you so much Lauren!
EJSMITH
 
EJSMITH April 25, 2016
Great composition & skilled assembly.
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kapuschinsky May 04, 2016
Thank you!
MelW1
 
MelW1 May 02, 2016
Absolutely stunning!
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kapuschinsky May 04, 2016
Thank you!!:)
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adavies May 17, 2016
Great image...nicely done! Love it! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Illusions challenge:)
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kapuschinsky May 23, 2016
Thank you so much! I will go check it out:)
christinamorrow
 
christinamorrow June 07, 2016
Dynamic. I can't stop staring at it.
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kapuschinsky June 12, 2016
Thank you so much, Christina!
ezhamzainal
 
ezhamzainal August 03, 2016
This is amazing!
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kapuschinsky September 10, 2016
Thank you so much!
marcinlaskarzewski
 
marcinlaskarzewski September 10, 2016
I have no words. Perfect
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kapuschinsky September 10, 2016
Thank you so much, Marcin! So glad you like it!
Fanged_Orchid
 
Fanged_Orchid September 11, 2016
I absolutely LOVE this image. Totally the kind of thing I set out to achieve when I work. The layers & sense of wonder are incredible.

!!! Well Done !!!
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kapuschinsky September 12, 2016
Thank you so much!:)
AndyDKemp
 
AndyDKemp October 09, 2016
The birds that do not suit with the direction of Light are a distraction, but nice creativity.
Winarto
 
Winarto October 14, 2016
Wow
nig2000
 
nig2000 October 15, 2016
Incredible image. I like this a lot.
nagrom
 
nagrom October 15, 2016
J'adore! Composition parfaite!
amymartinikopparbergcollopy
 
amymartinikopparbergcollopy November 06, 2016
Wow !!!!
erikamatelyt
 
erikamatelyt December 18, 2016
Wow! I"m in love with this image
EdithNero
 
EdithNero February 05, 2017
Great shot!
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Sonlombard February 07, 2017
This is fabulous!!!
hannahaustenphotography
 
hannahaustenphotography April 12, 2017
Amazing photograph
pocahontas09 PRO
 
pocahontas09 May 06, 2017
Wowwww!!
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_atombomb May 19, 2017
Amazing!!
azizurkamal
 
azizurkamal June 14, 2017
good work, but shouldnt your shadow be more distorted in the water than looking so flat?
CodyGriebel
 
CodyGriebel September 12, 2017
Love this image. Fantastic!
Adamadams
 
Adamadams March 29, 2018
Fantastic shot, it gives an ominous tone to the fairytale theme.
Linda49 PRO
 
Linda49 April 27, 2018
Beautiful image. Love the title and your Interpretation.
Photographydj
 
Photographydj July 17, 2018
How spectacular, you lucky! Wow!

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