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These Walls by lAliusl These Walls by lAliusl
The only walls that exist are those we construct around ourselves.

You could break them if you only tried.
But you stand there afraid to leave and afraid to stay.


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This shot was inspired by the Trapt song "These Walls"
I was trying to convey the feeling of being trapped; trapped by your own perceptions, fears, trapped behind something you could easy break through, like water :)

I froze for this shot, the water temp was about...umm... FREEZING! -__- the high that day was 50 degrees F
The process was, set the timer on my camera - jump under the water - count to twenty-click!- jump out and cuss till the shock wore off - repeat
Summer cannot come soon enough!

darkened and B&W in PS
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Given 2008-11-23
These Walls by ~lAliusl is an expressive photograph which conveys powerful emotions and meaning. The obscurity of his face and the soft liquid water becoming the 'wall' reveals so much about our our inner selves. We are the ones who stop ourselves from achieving so much more. ( Featured by FaMz )
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Asoberprep Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
I LOVE it!
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XxDarkened-FatexX Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. This is awesome. And i know how this feels, it is a good visual description of what it feels to be trapped by your ownself
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ManExam Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
This reminds me of how it feels in chemo.
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ActYos Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
the wonderful piece featured here [link]
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Skiplet Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Feature :heart: [link]
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peewee1002 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey I am writing a article for PHOTOTUTS+ ([link]) and I would like to feature this photo.

I am just making sure this is ok with you? There will be a link to this piece so people can visit your work.
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lAliusl Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
yes that is fine as long as credit is given.
Thank you for asking
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peewee1002 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The article has finally gone up!

Check it out at [link]
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lAliusl Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
Awesome! Thank you for the link :)
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djohn9 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You get out of it what you put into it! Great self-portrait.
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lAliusl Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you! Yes I think that is often times true but not always...life has a way of screwing with us sometimes :giggle:
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Neuroticart Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
F eatured [link] :heart:
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KellysGoodes Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
hahah oh how much an artist suffers for his work ;P
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xJ0R13x Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Your work has been featured in my news article here: [link] :heart:
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FrodoPrime Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for braving the cold - a masterpiece - almost like a mime - love that sheet of water in the foreground - powerful composition and title
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robinpika Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
this goes to my fave :) :):)
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FilmCreature Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Yeah, actually, that was my very first submission lol. Woah, I hope you don't think I'm saying you copied me or anything! It was just the first thing that came to mind when I saw this beautiful thing! Awesome work.
Here's the poem: [link] (hope you like)
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FilmCreature Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
This reminds me ridiculously of a poem I wrote once...
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lAliusl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
you got it posted anywhere?
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FaMz Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Your photograph has been featured in Conceptual Features Vol.1

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Sonrie-mucho Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing shot. And sometimes, you don't feel like trying and the walls just cave in even more.
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FroznFlame Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
I suspected that it related with Trapt in some way.

I like the concept.
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TheAphelion Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Student Photographer
I :heart: Trapt, they have fantastic songs and lyrics.
You executed the concept beautifully :)
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WinkGuy1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008   Filmographer
Nice shot
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chloeofthemercy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
that is amazing, awesome job :)
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ZhahiraRotting Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
:heart:
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PerilsOfRosella Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Spectacular.
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ranek1337lol Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
this is tripppy i like how the ice looks in this alost as if you couldnt break through
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cityofwonder Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008   Photographer
Great shot! Reminds me of Halle Berry's picture on the cover of Gothika.
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ToAPP Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Really intriguing concept.
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turbopat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008   Writer
Wow you really got what you were trying to capture. Great work!
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brainfloss1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
I'm glad you came out of that shot alive, a bit cold maybe but the result is very nice.
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x-myapocalypse Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
ahh wow
this is truly amazing

what were you standing under exactly?
:heart:
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lAliusl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional Photographer
It had rained the night before so the lake was draining into the tunnel I was standing in, creating this huge sheet of of water.
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x-myapocalypse Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
:O no wonder it was so cold, but clearly it was worth it :)
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YWYH-s--Morelenmir Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008   General Artist
I love the concept to go along with the photograph. Sometimes it can be the simplest things that hold us back so profoundly.

(And believe me, I empathize with standing in freezing water for a shot! Brr!)
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lAliusl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional Photographer
exactly, thanks for understanding!
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lilkat218 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
this is awesome! great work, despite the cold ;) the effort is well worth it!
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gracelikerain316 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
kudos just for the dedication of doing a shot like this in winter!!!!!!!!! great piece. congrats on the dd.
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keanala-chan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
this has a powerful message to it
i like it
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kalix Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008   Photographer
This is an incredibly powerful photograph. I'd challenge anyone not to see something of themselves in it.
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lAliusl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
Exactly! everyone has fears that hold them back from reaching their true potential.
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MearaxInxWonderland Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008   Photographer
my, oh my.
this is amazing... truly. how did you so that?
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lAliusl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
A lake was draining into the tunnel and the water falling created this huge transparent sheet.
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The-Seventh-Gate Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Student General Artist
lol poor you! any way this is great!
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Smokingmylifeaway Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome i love where the inspiration came from thanks for sharing very cool.. :)
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Pat-Rantouf Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Student Photographer
i love that song! amazing shot
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LeadxSingerXX Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Beautiful! And good message behind it as well =]
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Tjus Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Like it!
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chrisnextdoor Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008   Photographer
you did a great job with that!
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Mar 19, 2008, 6:15:47 PM
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