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find myself free myself

~ We are what photograph and photograph what We are ~

(Part of my new gallery: exposed...)

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Guest 15-Jan-2014 12:53
MarcWildPassion03-Jul-2010 20:08
Like it; V
Giancarlo Guzzardi21-Aug-2008 16:11
beautiful graphical composition
Eric Herbelin25-Mar-2008 15:26
superb! v
Yves Rubin25-Mar-2007 00:07
Wow, this is perfect! Should be a Nikon ad.
Guest 16-Jan-2007 16:18
Great shot, love the way you set up the composition of that shot and the cold tone of the monochrome make it perfect.
Guest 11-Dec-2006 12:55
Keep smiling :-) :-) :-)
Donald Verger04-Dec-2006 11:29
ps... you have cut off some of her body...

the decisions we make in composition :)
Guest 03-Dec-2006 08:59
Strange photograph, what message are you trying to send, I've not the feeling that photographs makes us less free.
Jim Ross11-Nov-2006 08:39
Still love this one, wish i could vote again...
Guest 06-Nov-2006 22:48
Congrats on being the most popular image of the last 90 days:-)) Well deserved my talented Pal.
Ana Carloto O'Shea02-Nov-2006 14:35
I am not such a big fan of high key photos but I must confess that yours really made me change my mind :)
Jose Paulo Andrade02-Nov-2006 00:03
This one rocks!!! Voted!!
Richard Calmes23-Oct-2006 11:26
This is an outstanding shot! No photographer can look at this shot and not feel its impact! Great work and in its proper place at the top of this great gallery! V
Guest 21-Oct-2006 13:25
:-) :-) :-)
Susan Leigh09-Oct-2006 06:12
Excellent!!!!!! Big VOTE
Dave Wixx08-Oct-2006 13:49
The photograph is wonderful, but I just took the time to read the comments. If only I could have put things so eloquently, again WONDERFUL. If only Nikon could see this, it would be the PERFECT ad for their cameras in all the best magazines in the world.
Dave Wixx07-Oct-2006 15:35
Fantastic shot - a deserved Pbase favourite.
zhulujin 05-Sep-2006 08:22
attractive picture!
Nadege Rostan04-Sep-2006 21:21
simply love it
big vote
lorand01-Sep-2006 22:29
Excellent composition!!!
Guest 27-Aug-2006 00:25
Martha Albuquerque24-Aug-2006 12:38
Wonderful, just wonderful. voted.
Azlin Ahmad24-Aug-2006 11:40
Amamzing! You keep outdoing yourself! Voted.
Donald Verger24-Aug-2006 10:45
wonderful image and words! i think about that at times.. and feel that i shoot what i feel as much as what i see
Fong Lam23-Aug-2006 15:56
The hands clasped and strapped, head bowed and hidden... a struggle to free the inner creativity, yet there's restrain from "photographer's block" as Phil so succinctly puts it. I can empathise the emotion involved that challenges every photographer to better oneself. All the best in this photo journalistic experience, Ai Li.
Guest 23-Aug-2006 13:15
nice shot, very interesting
Guest 23-Aug-2006 13:13
Yes, great idea resulting in a fantastic picture and statement. Voted
Guest 22-Aug-2006 14:59
Exellent! :-V
Roe..22-Aug-2006 12:49
it's all been!
Guest 22-Aug-2006 12:46
This is fantastic...Seriously....Mind blowing SP.....V big time...
Guest 22-Aug-2006 11:46
Hi AL, love the composition and free space u left in white .it means a lot of positive thinking.well,we are all tied up by a wonderful hobby called photography,one can call it freedom but in my openion it´s not,many of us are tied up for lifetime.:-).
Dominic Cantin22-Aug-2006 05:32
Great picture !!! Congrats !!! Try Pentax , you'll be free ;)) ( just kidding )

Dominic :)
Guest 22-Aug-2006 00:44
kekekeke... so sexy... ;)
Guest 21-Aug-2006 22:03
Ai Li,
This is phenominal stuff!..
A mask or hair..
This gallery will be amazing..even if it contains only the first two shots.
Guest 21-Aug-2006 19:43
Phenomenal SP!! Love the concept, the realisation as well as the quality. Great work!
PauloCGama21-Aug-2006 15:44
love it!!
Guest 21-Aug-2006 11:17
kyoung kim photography21-Aug-2006 07:36
Great shot!
Guest 21-Aug-2006 06:52
I think this is my favourite so far( but havent checked out all your pictures yet). Masterful AL! Wanna vote 10 times.
Guest 21-Aug-2006 06:48
Fantastic!!!! VOTED
Guest 21-Aug-2006 05:54
Coool camera......*wink*
Guest 21-Aug-2006 01:41
Awesome! V
Sue Robertson21-Aug-2006 01:16
Wonderful wonderful image Big vote.
Craig Persel20-Aug-2006 23:14
One of your all-time best. Big vote.
Doug Kessler20-Aug-2006 16:17
Easily one of the best images I've seen in a while. Your mind is fabulously creative. Voted
Guest 20-Aug-2006 15:02
Excellent Ai Li! vote
Chuck Inglefield20-Aug-2006 13:58
interesting creation, with the camera strap as bondage...curious indeed.
Bill Harris20-Aug-2006 10:50
Yes brilliant.
Guest 20-Aug-2006 10:36
I keep coming back again and again, speechless...
Guest 20-Aug-2006 10:32
I like this very much, it speaks to me on a very personal level. Inspiration at its highest form. L.
david procter20-Aug-2006 09:28
and clever clever!
Guest 20-Aug-2006 06:23
This is a winner! Very strong, very expressive, very everything! Big vote!
fred_il20-Aug-2006 05:41
Fantastic one!!!
FairEnigma20-Aug-2006 03:09
Perfection! V0TE!
Kal Khogali20-Aug-2006 01:48
Fantastic Ai of the most brilliant "photgraphic" based SP's I have ever seen...we are all victimas of the camera...K
Guest 20-Aug-2006 00:24
excellent provocative sp.
Guest 19-Aug-2006 21:21
Chris Sofopoulos19-Aug-2006 20:01
I am soooo late here. This is an awesome image and SP Ai Li.
Eric Pollaj 19-Aug-2006 16:50
Found this and now im free
Rob Rosetti19-Aug-2006 15:21
You are an Artist. Roberto
Jen Bixler19-Aug-2006 12:51
Lovely image.
Jim Ross19-Aug-2006 10:12
Bravo..!!! Awesome SP, one of the best i have seen on Pbase...Gmv...
Guest 19-Aug-2006 07:04
Not much left to say is there Ai Li - except "voted"!! Looking forward to the next one...
AL19-Aug-2006 06:30
My heartfelt thanks to everyone for your kindest comments and votes. I'm overwhelmed by the unexpected response. Special thanks to Ade, my big SP fan (^*^) and for his "ping" that led new viewers to my picture. My sincere thanks to Shannon and Duncan too for their inspiring SPs, and most importantly to Phil for giving me the challenge. THANK YOU ALL!!!
caveman_lee19-Aug-2006 04:34
Good shot. Excellent composition ! BTW, do you have a Canon version ? LOL
Kathy Pedersen19-Aug-2006 03:42
Sensual, Voted
Guest 19-Aug-2006 02:47
Cindi Smith19-Aug-2006 00:53
This is absolutely wonderful! Very well done. Vote
Guest 19-Aug-2006 00:51
Perfection. Vote.
De'Carr Studio19-Aug-2006 00:28
Great image...and a Thank you to Adrian for sending me here. Big vote
Gilles Navet19-Aug-2006 00:26
Esthetic and perfect composition,
A piece of art
Focus19-Aug-2006 00:15
Yet another new member of your fan club..........voted.
Sheila19-Aug-2006 00:11
A classy shot. Powerful.
Guest 19-Aug-2006 00:10
simply amazing. v.
Dan Chusid18-Aug-2006 23:34
Half a frame...
...full composition.
Nicely done.
Guest 18-Aug-2006 23:29
Guest 18-Aug-2006 22:45
Nice image :O) voted
Ray :)18-Aug-2006 22:31
This blows me away.
Phil Douglis18-Aug-2006 21:07
I come late to this Ai Li -- I've been working all morning on responses to the many insightful comments you’ve just posted on my recent New York City photos. This thought provoking self-portrait has already drawn many thoughtful observations. Jenene has picked up on your reference to my own oft-used words "we are what we photograph and we photograph what we are" (I did not coin that phrase, but I try to live by it and use it often in my teaching.) Jenene says you seem to be a prisoner of your own passion for photographic art, and judging from the symbolic nature of the bonds that lock your wrists, I would agree. You say you need to both free and find yourself in order to move to a new level as an artist, and yet you don't seem to know how you will get there. Your bare body is a vulnerable body, and "Photographer's block" is most certainly a state of vulnerability. You abstract yourself here – honing yourself down to no clothing, half a body, and invisible face. What is left of you seems locked and blocked. Yet you give us a hint of where you are heading. Your hands are folded in an expression of infinite patience. You seem to be considering rebuilding yourself from scratch. As you come to learn who Ai Li really is, you will discover where her art will take her, as well as all of us who may make the journey with you. You give us more than a self-portrait here, Ai Li. You boldly bond yourself to both your art and to your state of mind, and in the process you challenge us to examine the very essence of a photographic artist.
Guest 18-Aug-2006 20:59
Bravo Ali Li! V.
Guest 18-Aug-2006 20:35
I am very impressed with the 1st image of this new gallery. Can't wait for more. Big wow and big vote.
Galina Stepanova18-Aug-2006 20:13
You intrigued the while Pbase population, Ai Li.
Brave project, nice style. Good luck.
(I will try to follow regularly, I promise...)
Sharon Rogers18-Aug-2006 20:13
brilliant ... v>
Stu18-Aug-2006 19:33
A great start - my interpretation of your comment below the photo is it's intended to be a mix of self-exploration and self-definition; if that's right you've hit the target with this. Clear that a lot of thought has been put into it. And it's really inspiring in that it's the kind of photo that gets me thinking about just what you can convey with one picture and makes me want to learn more and more...and quickly. Bravo!
royalld18-Aug-2006 19:16
This is a powerful start to what looks to be an important new gallery.
With just this one picture you picked up a new member of your fan club.
Guest 18-Aug-2006 19:06
I like your feet! xxx
Guest 18-Aug-2006 19:02
:-) So proud of you Ai Li :-) definately the best SP ever on pbase. GETS MY VOTE!!! for the many interpretations one has after looking at this amazing piece of art photography.
Thanks for the dedication on the gallery.
Guenter Eh18-Aug-2006 18:57
Yes - there is an influence of Shannon`s style! Surprising opener for your new gallery worth to wait for! yourself - but chained with the NIKON ribbon? Is this a symbol for an accepted addiction? You first have you find yourself before you are enabled to free yourself. HA - i love your mindblower Ai Li! I`m very impatient to see more...
Guest 18-Aug-2006 18:47
Wow, you clever little miss you! Very very very well done! Can't fault your ideas or expertise at all ~V~ xxxx
Guest 18-Aug-2006 18:42
One of the very best SP's ive ever seen! A+ all around. This should be on the cover of a photography addiction mag (one id be in :) LOL) I love the high key effect. It also helps that both photogog and model make a great combination!
I love JSWATERS comment! i too look forward to the rest :))
Congrats on the amazing SP! GMV

Yvette :)
ltolksdorf18-Aug-2006 18:35
Excellent compositon, exposure and treatment. Looks like a new style of AL. Vote.
franklucas18-Aug-2006 18:26
cheers, franklucas
JSWaters18-Aug-2006 17:46
I am impressed, Ai Li. There is so much implied and still hidden in your self portrait. In reference to Phil's words, we find the photogragher, handcuffed by the very tool she wields so beautifully, struggling to break free and explore new ground. We also see the woman who searches to define the many sides of her self, bared to fully expose herself to all possible opportunities. We don't see your face, we are waiting to see which version of self, which abstraction of Ai Li, which essence you will present to us next. Good luck on your journey. If this is how you begin, I can't wait for more. I'm humbled.
Aristóteles Alves Ferreira 18-Aug-2006 17:43
Atrelado a fotografia ,literalmente....Parabéns
Nico de Bruin18-Aug-2006 17:35
Wow, this is a truly awesome photo!
Samer Jabri A.18-Aug-2006 17:18
One interesting capture, I like it .. voted
Guest 18-Aug-2006 17:11
Brilliant SP, with a interesting composition and crop, and strong contrast, and the camera as an eye catcher. Bravo. Vote.
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