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May 12, 2004, 1:43:27 AM
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The Stranger by MyLadyLiesWaiting The Stranger by MyLadyLiesWaiting
Ever looked in the mirror and felt intimidated by your own reflection? We seem to spend so much of our time wading in our own mind-pool, our thoughts echoing off the inside of our skulls, forever searching for some all-encompassing definition of 'who we are'. We constantly try to seperate in our heads those aspects of our character that we project as our public personality, and those we covet as 'the real me'. Few of us make it through our teenage years without at some point screaming "No-one understands me!" or "You don't know the real me!" or spending ten minutes needlessly convincing your stoned mate that, despite appearances, you are in fact an unbelievably 'deep' person.

Often, our own understanding of ourselves is equally as patchy and subjective as everyone elses, and the 'real' us is significantly more idealistic than the honest truth. So every now and then we have to ask ourselves the uncomfortable question; Whilst we all may roam the rich landscapes of our imaginations as kings and queens, philosophers and romantics, religious role-models and ambitious over-achievers....if you died tomorrow, how much of what you had in your head was ever actually 'real' and not just wasted potential? If who you are is not automatically reflected in your daily actions for all to see, how 'real' are you?

Next time you look in the mirror, and there's no-one else around to impress, ask yourself if the person looking in the mirror, and the person looking back, are actually the same. Next time you're lying in the dark worrying about who you are and where you're going, get up and go somewhere, anywhere, and see if you're there. And next time someone misjudges you, don't waste your time getting vitriolic about what others think you are that you're not...do something that proves what you are. If that's the real you, you'd be doing it anyway.


Self-Portrait.
Photoshop 7.
Textures are from natural image grain rather than brushes.
And unlike most of my photo-manips, this one stands up to scrutiny so please FULL VIEW!
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pPALE-vampire-PIXIEe Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
that's actually really scary. :jawdrop:
but i just can't look away.
it's fascinating :)

i really love it ;)

believe i am going to have nightmares tonight :D

but i do love this picture and you text :)
good job :heart:
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bitterswears Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
perfect manupulation
especially your effor on the fingers
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:iconmomochan28:
momochan28 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Student General Artist
so nice!
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:iconmyladylieswaiting:
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you! ^.^
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:iconmomochan28:
momochan28 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Student General Artist
^^
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KamaLama Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
Amazing manipulation. I love your comments as well, its really true.
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:iconmyladylieswaiting:
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Manips are a challenge, so many people can do it, and do it well, so it's easy for people to break down the techniques etc. It's an odd mix of subtlety and imagination that wins out.
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KamaLama Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
Very true. You've definitely accomplished that mix.
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cattieloves Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
I was so scared by the preview I almost didn't click, but I'm glad I did for the explanation. The photo still freaks me out (lol), but the narration is beautiful and true. Nail this indictment up on every door in town. :*)
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:iconmyladylieswaiting:
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
Heh...well I should stress, this is a manipulation, not a photo! Not that my actual face is any less scary...but, you know....scary in a good way.
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:iconcattieloves:
cattieloves Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Psh, I knew that. Haha. 'Twas an error in terminology. Hahaha...if that were your real face, you'd scare small children in the shops. :*)
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:iconmyladylieswaiting:
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
You say that like it's a bad thing! ;)
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:iconthe-black-goddess:
The-Black-Goddess Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
... not at all ...
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:iconthe-black-goddess:
The-Black-Goddess Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
Daaark ... great work ;-)
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:iconmyladylieswaiting:
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Took a looooooong time, but still one of my favourite creations! Thank you very much.
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:iconcutelilttlekiller:
cutelilttlekiller Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
You speak true words
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:iconmyladylieswaiting:
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
They're the only ones worth speaking!
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lizziefitz Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
bug eyed and beardless..hmmm. the shading is absolutly awsome, well, all of the manipulations are. like it. *nods in agreement with self*

*felt like throwing an insult in, but i wont cuz im nice*

xxx
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:iconmyladylieswaiting:
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006  Professional General Artist
Your magnanimity is overwhelming as always! Thanks for stopping by scummo. ;) xxx
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obselete-angel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional
This is awsome work...
I love the concept and textures, looks very realistic.
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:iconmyladylieswaiting:
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
Many thanks! As with most Photoshop images there's a lot of 'happy accident' mixed in with the artistic intent...but I liked the way it came out! Gonna have a mooch round your gallery, see if I can pick up a few tips! :)
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obselete-angel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional
Hi,

How are you doing?
well i think the final product look amazing.

hope you are cool...:)
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ValentinaKallias Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
i like it, creepy and cool !
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:iconmyladylieswaiting:
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you! This kinda thing is always good fun! :)
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ErzebethBathory Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
btw...the manip is superb!
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ErzebethBathory Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
Not intimidated but disapointed. It seems that you are in a self discovery quest...my latest nickname (given to me) is the misunderstood one..I guess that speaks enough...I rarely look in the mirror and actually stare at myself...I just see if my hair or skin is okay....
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HotRodZombie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006
Oh!
Firstly, this piece of work is amazing - really great. :thumbsup:
I really love the spooky light and the textures.

And the words - great description, I think I've written that before - just not anywhere 'real'. ;)
Excellent work.
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:iconmyladylieswaiting:
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
Heh...touché! ;)

Thanks for the compliment, I appreciate it....'really'.
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moontears Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006
:clap:Wonderfull thoughts...and oh so true...
I am so happy that I can look in the mirror and know that what I see is what I am...:)
And I've learned not to worrie anymore about what people might think...or how they see me...
As long as I know that the person in the mirror is good hearted and 'real' and - hey !- it's me..;)
Love it, as always..including the picture..offcourse..*grin*
Have a wonderfull evening..:hug:

C.
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:iconmyladylieswaiting:
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you hun, and I'm glad you've found your peace. Next job:Help everyone else find theirs! ;)
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moontears Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006
LoL
That's sweet...But I am allready doing that..as far as possible..:)
:hug:
And you are very most welcome offcourse hun-self..*nods*

C.
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DrkRtst Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2006
this is a great work of art and your words are so...intense, sadly im not so good with words so whatever im said is like a complete understatment :D - again, great work and uhh it also scares the hell out of me...not gonna be looking at any mirrors anytime soon...
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MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2006  Professional General Artist
Tis a bit freaky huh! Actually scared my best friend under her covers via a video call...imagine getting a call from him late at night! The deranged laughter in the background probably didn't help either...

Thanks for your kind comment anyway. I like to put a bit of thought into my descriptions, as I don't have the patience to write journals and blogs etc So dA kinda doubles as my gallery and soap box! Go ahead and look in a mirror...I refuse to be held responsable for you having unkempt hair! ;)
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