My Soul to Take  

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Uploaded: 10/21/06 8:17 PM GMT
My Soul to Take
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Depression hurts everyone. I've worked with depression as a therapist for many years and the good news is that current treatments are, for most people, extremely effective once your dosages are titrated properly. Sadly many people are trapped in the darkness unable to try treatment for fear it will not work. This is dedicated to all with the courage who have overcome. BTW you really have to look at this one full size.


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10/21/06 8:19 PM GMT
Very cool manipulation Peter, the texturing and tones have a realistic and genuine depth and the image conveys a powerful message indeed.
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A smart bomb is only as clever as the idiot that tells it what to do……si vis pacem para bellum.
10/21/06 8:43 PM GMT
I agree with philc completely. As a depression sufferer, it's great to see someone who understands and knows what they are talking about.And a good artist on top of that - great gallery you have!
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10/21/06 8:48 PM GMT
this is creepy! well done...
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10/21/06 11:24 PM GMT
A picture says a thousand words here, great work, very striking. This may be the work that inspires someone to seek help, well done.
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The Universe conspires to help those who help themselves. My gallery.
10/21/06 11:45 PM GMT
To be so filled with pain yet with no means to express it ... a most profoundly sad state. This image is emotional, striking and very very compelling. Well done indeed.
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I'm not only weird, but I'm gifted too ! ......CLICK TO SAVE LIVES ! .......MY GALLERY
10/22/06 9:23 AM GMT
Speaks volumes this way, very striking and a great manip, hope it will inspire people to find the courage !!!

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joy is not in things, it's in us !!!
10/22/06 9:54 AM GMT
This is a very powerful shot and one that is far out of my capabilities. i love the effect here it looks so real. What software do you use? I have always wanted to do stuff like this but when I try, I always make a mess with my software lol.

Good job.

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AKAJON: Most people lye asleep and notice nothing around them. Just wake up and see the natural beauty around you. It will blow you away.
10/22/06 3:02 PM GMT
Johncastle, it's not difficult, just a bit time consuming and you need a bit of an eye to place the damage so to speak. I used only photoshop, a portrait of a woman and some rust images. I used a combination of overlay and lumiscence for compositing and I did a lot of cross image cloning. Go for it, I know you can do it.
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10/23/06 1:11 AM GMT
Well done. Effective manip..
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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams
10/24/06 6:39 AM GMT
It's too depressing.
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Man is the instrument of God. - Boehme
10/27/06 9:50 AM GMT
Interesting picture expertly created and very relevant to the subject.
However, I would not want to have this on my desktop, even though I appreciate it as a wonderful portrayal of a wicked and all too often misunderstood illness.
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The question is not what you look at, but what you see ~ Marcel Proust
10/28/06 4:48 PM GMT
I agree this would be a distressing desktop, but as a work of art to be NOT dwelled upon, I found it an interesting project. The symbolism got to me as I created it. It left me drained, but purged. Twenty years of working with depression leaves one with a residue that sometimes needs to be looked at.

Did anyone notice the tear?
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10/28/06 7:20 PM GMT
Very effective picture. Haunting eyes on that person. Depression leaves a person completely removed from what they were.
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10/29/06 6:44 PM GMT
I didn't notice the tear! This is very amazing, mesmerizing.. I really want to try this! Keep it coming.
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11/03/06 2:23 AM GMT
WOW- this is such a powerful piece- Very emotional. Nicely done!
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11/05/06 8:43 AM GMT
Very nice work!

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11/25/06 1:21 AM GMT
Despiet the subject matter and the garishness, which may cause some to label it "depressing" (which an object does not have the power to do, by the way), it is remarkable in that it mirrors a stae of mind well and is quiet an achievement both technically and artistically. Just superb. Alain
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11/28/06 7:34 PM GMT
The teardrop was on the subtle side... I see it (I think ^_^) now that you mention it. Powerful piece indeed. There's little to add to the critique above. You definitely strike a nerve with this wonderful manipulation. If I get lucky I'll be working with depression (etc...) the next twenty years. I find the field utterly and totally fascinating.
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03/03/07 6:14 PM GMT
I will say it's interesting and probably a great piece of art but.......I felt it to be like a scarey Halloween background that I'd use if I liked that type, which I don't. I've suffered from depression for quite some time, and this really bothered me for some reason, maybe it's because of the burned look of her skin. BTW, I am under treatment for it...:)
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03/04/07 5:16 AM GMT
As a Survivor with lifelong PTSD I find this image very evocative and haunting. Depression erodes the spirit so deeply. Your symbolism is right on. Happily, with the right meds and a lotta help I'm on my way! May I use your image to illustrate one of my poems?
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"If I dream I shall be real, or really myself..." Robert Penn Warren
05/09/07 3:28 PM GMT
wow thats really cool
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"Too weird to live...too rare to die."
06/25/07 5:04 PM GMT
a very thought provoking image,well executed
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if i had no debt i wouldn't go to work on a morning
06/25/07 5:16 PM GMT
its interseting that the eyes are not touched, still hope? i guess just dont lose focus. (eye, focus) nice image tho!
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07/03/07 1:13 AM GMT
beautiful and horrendous in the same image. I love it.
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08/26/07 5:31 PM GMT
rusty yet emotional..!!
art with philosophy touch..!!
great work,great soul...!!!
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11/17/07 8:02 PM GMT
yeh thats really have to look at this one full size.
its apealing..!!
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11/21/07 3:56 PM GMT
This is a very special image and needs to be seen in that way. Very well done!
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02/12/08 9:18 PM GMT
Goosebumps.. scary... nightmares >.<
Lol.. this is a different picture, hard to look at for me, but you did a good job.
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I Laugh at the face of danger!!!! Then I hide under the bed till in goes away...
02/12/08 9:21 PM GMT
I just noticed, there is a tear on her eye. That adds a good effect. :)
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I Laugh at the face of danger!!!! Then I hide under the bed till in goes away...

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02/16/08 4:23 PM GMT
Someone earlier mentioned that the eyes are untouched. It's me it gives the impression that she is still in there, fighting to regain her life.
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09/13/08 1:15 AM GMT
I dig it. If it wasnt for the help of an iridologist in my area, who knows where I would be today. Great message, and LOVE the peice.
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11/02/08 2:23 AM GMT
Well done and I would really like to be able to do that effect. Choosing a skin design for faces, cars, animals, etc looks so good, esp when used right such as with this photo
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11/02/08 2:25 AM GMT
Although, I would blacken the brown void next to the left eye though- doesn't quite look pro with the brown void
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02/26/09 10:24 PM GMT
Certainly one of the best peices on caedes. It has a story im familiar with and I also find doing deppresing stuff in art is fun.
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