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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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momochan28 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Student General Artist
so nice!
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MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you! ^.^
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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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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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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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