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The girl who tried to escape reality... by Muse1908 The girl who tried to escape reality... by Muse1908
The 1st from a series based on my own experiences of mental illness. I'm trying to approach the subject in a slightly more delicate, subtle way. If you don't understand the subtext, please feel free to ask or check the comments I've already answered (or failing that just appreciate it as a pretty picture, but please don't insult my personal interpretation).



Model, concept, styling by me

Self portrait.

Artist Rights by taruto
Please do not use my work for your manipulations.. If you post to a blog, always link back, thanks kindly.
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:iconbateauboat:
bateauboat Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
magnific
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:iconnoirbloome:
noirbloome Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
Is that a fake background? Amazing photograph!!!
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
No, I never use fake backgrounds.
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:iconnoirbloome:
noirbloome Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
Its beautiful!!!!
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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:iconcyke40:
cyke40 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
innocence ,sorrow and a real feeling of frailty

for some reason i am reminder of a show called sapphire and steel, think there was an episode with ghosts in a train station and they kept hearing the nursery rhyme Ring a Ring o' Roses

i hear that when i look at this picture
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fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Innocent beauty :)
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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JacobPotts1836 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
This image captures accurately a mentally-ill person in distress.  They want to hold onto the simple, understandable things of childhood, yet they are an adult.  The adult things in life are frightening: they do not ever want to go there.  The photo also works on the level of nudity and "clothedness": to me, the gauzy skirt can be as much something from childhood as the swing.  Little girls seem forever to be dressing up as ballerinas and dancing (like my daughter! :-) )  The nudity portrays the person's state of mind: they have been stripped of the safety and understandability of childhood and thrust into the critical, unblinking gaze of adulthood.

Well done, photographer and model!
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Muse1908 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for this comment, I'm a bit behind but I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.
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Belcatar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
To me the swing itself is symbolic of mental illness, especially bipolar. It's essentially a pendulum, always moving between two extremes. The woman in the photo has managed to stop the endless movement between extremes, but still cannot quite escape the swing for the safety of solid ground. Her desperation to cling to her lost youth adds another layer to the photo. The swing has stopped, but she can't quite let go.

Great photo, layered with meaning. Thank you for sharing it.
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Muse1908 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, a great analysis of the image.
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DorianOrendain Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great work!
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:iconedaoust:
edaoust Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
This really does hit the mark perfectly! :)

The swing and how you're holding on to it does indeed convey the feeling of not wanting to let go of childhood (as you mentioned) and I think combining this with the "princess" dress adds even more punch to the image! Also, I'm not sure if that part was intended or not, but using this swing that seems to be somewhere in the middle of nowhere  (instead of one where other people can be seen or imagined) does, I feel, illustrate the isolation that is (too) often felt by those suffering from mental illness.

Just fantastic work Muse! You really are amazing! :)

xx
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've just seen this Eric, going back over work as I'm so behind as usual. Just wanted to say thank you, loved this comment.
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:iconedaoust:
edaoust Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
Always a pleasure Muse! it's an amazing image and I'm happy you enjoyed the comment! :)
xx
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
And reality kept coming after her.
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:iconmechanicaltree:
MechanicalTree Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My favorite part is that large flowing skirt! It makes it seem as if you're doing a magic trick the way your feet seem so far away from your torso.
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:iconvinroc:
VinRoc Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Such a lovely shot! The skirt is great too! Love the volume of it!
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:iconjochanaan:
jochanaan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
A 21st-century woman trying to escape into Victorian Gothic--that's what I see here, and a great image of a certain kind of mental illness.  Well done!
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Beef-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Great photo, wonderful facial expression
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
did she succede?i love her dress
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
She did, yes. Thank you!
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
u are very welcome and  iam glad to hear it
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Le-Meridian Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :heart:
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Artist
Beautiful photo! Your work is spetacular, congratulations! I love it... :heart:
You're very beautiful! :love: :heart:
Cheers! :rose:
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much indeed. x
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Artist
You deserve it, dear! Wonderful work!
Tender kiss and cheers!! :heart:
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nicolebialkowska Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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BokehLight Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   Photographer

This wonderful work has been featured here: Conceptual Spotlight Vol. 50.

Looking forward to seeing more art from you at devPREMIUM.


Best regards

:icondevpremium:


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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much.
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:iconmonochromatic13:
monochromatic13 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your expression and your eyes. You are such a gorgeous woman.
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much.
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StripedRat Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture so much, and the thought behind it. It almost brought me to tears. ... :heart:
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, that means a lot to me. :heart:
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:iconmlet55:
mlet55 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013   Writer
I don't see the mental illness, actually for the first time I see you.
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Every picture that's taken is a little part of me, every one. This is just another side, we all have so many!
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:iconmlet55:
mlet55 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013   Writer
I finally get it, that what's people say about you. 
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:iconmlet55:
mlet55 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013   Writer
Well thats two of us now.
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:iconmlet55:
mlet55 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013   Writer
If I recall Jesus had the same problem.
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caddman Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
...Sweet comp and awesome work...:Clap:
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. x
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caddman Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
...:iconmypleasuresignplz:   ...:heart:
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:iconphotoburner:
Photoburner Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Wow! thought it was just delicate and winning.....
Your comment about the subtext makes me look again
and see better.

Thanks
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much indeed.
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:iconpaulnery:
paulnery Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work, as always !
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you Paul.
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paulnery Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You´re welcome ! :)
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