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view no. 3 ~ dream

There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There's a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you'll never see the end of the road
While you're traveling with me

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won't win

Now I'm towing my car, there's a hole in the roof
My possessions are causing me suspicion but there's no proof
In the paper today tales of war and of waste
But you turn right over to the T.V. page

Now I'm walking again to the beat of a drum
And I'm counting the steps to the door of your heart
Only shadows ahead barely clearing the roof
Get to know the feeling of liberation and relief

Hey now, hey now
Don't dream it's over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
Don't ever let them win

~ Crowded House ~

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Fong Lam10-Aug-2006 16:08
Dreams........when one could not tell the terminus between light and darkness. And I love that Crowded House song too. I really like the way you post process your image.
Guest 07-Aug-2006 10:48
Love the contrast beetween your treatment and what you choose to illustrate the dream... those cover girls, sauna servants, sexy ladies are all except a dream, just a way to make some profit and the torns, following the lyrics, could symbolise the attempt of breaking the wall, this wall that the world-com'in bring with him. But your treatment create an effective distance with this reality on a paradoxal and contrasted way. Great!
Rob Rosetti31-Jul-2006 12:45
Wonderful! Dreamy, in a disturbing way... Roberto
Kal Khogali31-Jul-2006 11:15
Thankyou Ai walls between us in pbase I see ;-)) I am honoured. Massive image. The eye on the left goes straight for my soul. K
Kathy Pedersen31-Jul-2006 04:04
Quite an intriquing image, the lyrics play hand in hand with this image, well seen with the torn edges of the posters. You are brilliant my friend. Voted
Guest 31-Jul-2006 03:05
I am not going to over analyze the shot - I am more visual (shallower? :) But I am drawn to it, and the processing makes the shot - gives it a feeling for the viewer to interpret. And that is important to a great image. Hey that was pretty deep.
AL31-Jul-2006 03:01
Thanks, Phil. I'm truly open to all interpretations as it's always interesting to see things through different eyes. I did realise the impact of post-processing here and wanted to give it a go, eagerly waiting for your feedback. Like I said before, I treasure your thoughts as they often make me rethink and justify my stand. Thanks again.
Phil Douglis31-Jul-2006 02:51
You should make the image you want to make, Ai Li -- if it feels right to you, than it is right for you.
I just wanted to make sure you realized how the post processing affects the degree and intensity of expression.
Guest 31-Jul-2006 01:39
Like a fight between the good and the bad. Some PC milice trying to get a rid of the not acceptable. Excellent find, Ai Li!
AL31-Jul-2006 01:24
Phil, You're right. My only reason for PP treatment was to create a soft dreamlike image, as suggested by my title. Partly because I'm a dreamer myself :-) It could be a dream lover, beauty, freedom, fame or something else. The torn portion, though less edgy, was meant to put a reality check and signify an incomplete, broken or impossible dream. Perhaps because it's a sensitve image and I wanted to give a sweet yet sad feel, not bold enough to make it harsh. Or was I trying to "escape from reality"? Phil, thanks again for the thoughts.
Craig Persel30-Jul-2006 23:15
Very intriguing image.
Phil Douglis30-Jul-2006 19:33
The torn posters bring their own natural textures to this expressive photograph, Ai Li. You seem to have added a texture to it in post processing that probably was intended to symbolize a dream. It softens the image and blunts the force of this natural textures, taking the edge off their reality. Your added textures offer a visual "reach," Ai Li, that in my view goes a bit too far. You link us to Kal's image of torn posters, which thrives on its reference to reality. I think that yours could have done so as well.
Bill Harris30-Jul-2006 16:21
Well spotted, good shot.
Doug Kessler30-Jul-2006 16:10
Wonderful, Ai Li! Such a great lyric to accompany this brilliant shot. V
Guenter Eh30-Jul-2006 16:08
Love the song of crowded house ( reminds me on the "drama" with the singer of this band) and of course I like your "dreamlike" treatment with the posters! You creates "music" and emotions with both the song text and the picture and I thank you for brighten my sunday evening Ai Li!
Guest 30-Jul-2006 15:45
Greaqt im the first to comment the perfect way to end my bike ride:-) awesome treatment as usual and I just love the torn posters. Vote
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