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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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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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:iconchloeofthemercy:
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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:iconperilsofrosella:
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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:iconcityofwonder:
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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:icontoapp:
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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:iconlaliusl:
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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:iconx-myapocalypse:
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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:iconkalix:
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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:iconlaliusl:
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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:iconlaliusl:
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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dancer-lost-in-music Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Hobbyist
ur face in this pic makes u look my cuz DJ, thast kewl!! i like this shot- <faves>
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badbadtzmaru Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Student
"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."
My,such a great message..so true.And all conveyed by a great photo!!!
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Jo24 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
very stunning =)
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SplashofDivinity Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
i love the pic... it does capture the constraints that ppl put on themselves due to every day fear
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SoniaRose Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Beautiful and moving...so sorry about the freezing water! ^^; You're a noble man, to brave negative temps for the sake of art. :salute:
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Drakanifox Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
This kinda reminds me of Serj Tankiens "empty walls"
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IamHopeless1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
niceeeeeeee
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Arabian-Grace Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Amazing work :)
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montroytana Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
wonderful image
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33M Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Congrats on your DD...

I especially like the look on your face,
no matter if it was caused by the cold water
or not, it makes the shot....

M
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lAliusl Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Professional Photographer
haha I think it water just made it easy* :laughing:
Thank you.
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Scumbi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Reminds me of Pink Floyd's The Wall.....Good job.
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audia22 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
hahaha i love trapped!!
and you conveyed that song perfectly!
i love the emotion on your face. it's like you want to get out you want to taste the air but your fears too great.
hahaha! you poor thing lol
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luxxiz Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
nice one
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redhotkatipepper Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
very good. xx
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RoryCoreII Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
cool shot...
Fav'd

you're a fan of trapt too???
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:iconlaliusl:
lAliusl Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Professional Photographer
Oh course! they have so much energy, I love them.
Thanks!
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RoryCoreII Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
yeah... Trapt is a good band... I love them too...
you're welcome
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Soukster Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
huii huii i love thiss :love:
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justeline Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Professional Photographer
Congratulations! :w00t:
Definitely well deserved DD.
Extremely difficult shot since you had to do it all by yourself but it was absolutely worth it :clap:
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